Our software »The Curator‘s Machine« has been released for free download

Credit: VCI
Preview of »The Curator‘s Machine«. Credit: Visual Computing Institute, RWTH Aachen University, Marian Schneider.

»The Curator‘s Machine« is a tool that assists curators by utilizing either OpenAI’s CLIP model or the OpenCLIP model and provides an AI-guided search that is able to:

… adapt the search results to the current session to suggest images that fit the project at hand
… search your own image collection
… search with an intuitive and user-defined description (e.g., a dog in front of a tree)
… search by image to get similar images
… filter the search based on Metadata (if provided)

»The Curator‘s Machine« was developed in cooperation with the Visual Computing Institute at RWTH Aachen University. 

Developers: Moritz Ibing, Isaak Lim, Marian Schneider, Tim Elsner and Leif Kobbelt.
Concept: Dominik Bönisch.
Tests and Feedback: Nora Riediger, Sonja Benzner, Eva Birkenstock, Ana Salazar, Lisa Oord, Esther Boehle and Galina Dekova.

The GitHub Repository can be found here: https://github.com/VCI-RWTH/TrainingTheArchive

»Training the Archive« (2020–2023) is a research project that explores the possibilities and risks of AI in relation to the automated structuring of museum collection data to support curatorial practice and artistic production.

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