Instant photo annotation

Within the time of two weeks, I’ve heard engineers and researchers in two different conferences (ACM & ICIDS) talking about the importance of annotation and ontologies. In the case of personal photography this would mean adding metadata to pictures about where and when a picture was taken and who are the people in them. Possibly further adding such information as what the social event was e.g. holiday, party, work or something else. Using ontologies these attributes could be connected so that if a user has added her sister in a group called family. Then tagging her sister in a photo automatically connects the photo also to the higher level group family.

Another thing that was also discussed, and one I can relate to personally, is that this kind of annotation is best done immediately or very soon after taking the picture. Otherwise it is usually left undone.

So my question is: Why are there no proper annotation tools built in to modern photography devices? Cameras and phones should have easy-to-use, built-in tools for creating simple annotations and means for people to build their own ontologies that suit their personal purposes. Personally I don’t YET own an iPhone, but was surprised that I could only find one app that promises to enable annotation on any level.





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