Using CAPTCHAs to Index Cultural Artifacts [chapter]

Qiang Zhu, Eamonn Keogh
2010 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
Rock art, human-made markings on stone, is an important cultural artifact and the earliest expression of abstract thinking. While there are tens of millions of photographs of rock art in existence, there have been no large-scale attempts to organize, classify or cluster them. This omission is not due to a lack of interest, but reflects the extraordinary difficultly of extracting useful data from an incredibly heterogeneous and noisy dataset. As we shall show, rock art is likely to resist
more » ... of automatic extraction from images for a long time. In this work we show that we can use CAPTCHAs, puzzles designed to tell humans and computers apart, to segment and index rock art. Unlike other CAPT-CHAs which operate on inherently discrete data and expect discrete responses, our method considers inherently real-valued data and expects real-valued responses. This creates a challenge which we have overcome by using a recently introduced distance measure. We demonstrate our system is capable of acting as a secure CAPTCHA, while producing data that allows for indexing the rock art. Please trace both petroglyphs with your mouse pointer Help with the digitization of important cultural artifacts, visit www.cs.ucr.edu/~eamonn/anthropology/ Too hard? Get a different pair to work on Don't understand? Get video or text help Can't do this? Get an audio or text only test
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-13062-5_23 fatcat:rxbyuwacbbfhfmjtyjcw7nglea