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SEMIA: searching without words


The film search engine in 2017

Studio Louter is once again involved in an interesting scientific study. The Sensory Moving Image Archive (SEMIA) project will start in the autumn of 2017 and aims to develop a search engine to search digitised film collections by using visual characteristics such as light, colour, shape and movement.


The project team is made up of representatives from EYE Film Institute, the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Both EYE and Sound and Vision are making a cultural heritage collection available for this three-year project. The collection consists of 933 silent films from the Jean Desmet collection and NTS/NOS news broadcasts from 1956 to the present day. Studio Louter will be exploring how a search engine like this can be used in museum presentations. The research project has been awarded a grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).