Providing multilingual access to FLICKR for Arabic users

Paul Clough, Azzah Al-Maskari, Kareem Darwish

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Abstract

In this paper we describe our submission for iCLEF2006: an interface that allows users to search FLICKR in Arabic for images with captions in a range of languages. We report and discuss the results gained from a user experiment in accordance with directives given by iCLEF, including an analysis of the success of search tasks. To enable the searching of multilingual image annotations we use English as an interlingua. An Arabic-English dictionary is used for initial query translation, and then Babelfish is used to translate between English and French, German, Italian, Dutch and Spanish. Users are able to modify the English version of the query if they have the necessary language skills to do so. We have chosen to experiment with Arabic retrieval from FLICKR due to the growing numbers of online Middle Eastern users, the limited numbers of interactive Arabic user studies for cross-language IR to date, and the availability of resources to undertake a user study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvaluation of Multilingual and Multi-modal Information Retrieval - 7th Workshop of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum, CLEF 2006, Revised Selected Papers
Pages205-216
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Event7th Workshop of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum, CLEF 2006 - Alicante, Spain
Duration: 20 Sep 200622 Sep 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4730 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other7th Workshop of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum, CLEF 2006
CountrySpain
CityAlicante
Period20/9/0622/9/06

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Clough, P., Al-Maskari, A., & Darwish, K. (2007). Providing multilingual access to FLICKR for Arabic users. In Evaluation of Multilingual and Multi-modal Information Retrieval - 7th Workshop of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum, CLEF 2006, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 205-216). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 4730 LNCS).