Project HyperImage

This project of the research endeavor Hybrid Publishing Lab at the Innovation Incubator of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg is funded by the European Fund for Regional Development and the State of Lower Saxony and realized in close cooperation with the ICAM.

HyperImage implements the pictorial footnote on the image, meaning that precisely marked image details can be linked via hypertext with other image details, image collections and texts. The image details are intellectually identified and marked, i.e., by authors, not by programs. The link itself is triggered in the Web browser with a mouse click. The link structure is automatically indexed by the computer.

In text-based scientific work, there are standard techniques with which references between parts of texts can be created in such a way that all members of the scientific community can work in a compatible fashion.

Details of images, on the other hand, are until now conventionally localized by designating and demarcating the position and identity either with gestures (pointer, arrow, circle) or language (foreground, middle ground, background, or left/right, top/bottom). There are possibilities to designate image details on the Web using clickable maps, but that entails extremely time-consuming manual work. Hence, image references are typically reduced to addressing whole images.

With HyperImage, an arbitrary number of details within an image can be precisely marked and described, and annotations of the corpus can be linked with each other and accessed via indexes. Both interim results and final versions can be created at any time as hypermedial online or offline publications. Different, individually introduced and tested procedures and data repositories are combined in HyperImage to one research and publication environment that can be used by one or more persons.

Target groups include all humanities and natural sciences working in an image-oriented way. Both individual projects and institutions are involved as pilot users in the development and evaluation of HyperImage and its components.

Moreover, the Software comprises a large number of analysis and indexing techniques to support research work. Further modes are being developed.


Elena Bösenberg

  • Anforderungserfassung
  • Dokumentation 
  • Koordination

Project head

Apl. Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Martin Warnke
Universitätsallee 1, C5.319
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1202

Renée Carmichael

  • Design
  • Meta-Image II
  • Meta-Image RIR

Carmen Wedemeyer M.A

  • Visualisierung der Prototypen
  • RIR