System and method for embedding symbology in digital images and using the symbology to organize and control the digital images

  • US 7,991,792 B2
  • Filed: 12/29/2008
  • Issued: 08/02/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/29/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for managing a plurality of digital images over a network comprising:

  • receiving, at an imaging web server coupled to the network, a digital image file along with information associated to the digital image file, wherein the digital image file comprises data representing a digital image and the associated information includes at least one of a location of the imaging web server, a customer identification number, a date image was taken, a picture sequence number, a name of the digital image, a time the digital image was taken, location where the image was taken at, author/publisher of the digital image, subject matter of the digital image;

    keyword for the digital image file and a name of the imaging web server;

    parsing the associated information to extract multiple pieces of information from the associated information;

    coding the multiple pieces of extracted information of the associated information to create an identifier for the digital image file;

    storing the digital image file and the identifier in a database coupled to the imaging web server;

    receiving a search request;

    querying the database with the search request;

    retrieving at least one requested digital image file matching the search request; and

    presenting at least one requested digital image corresponding to the at least one requested digital image file to a user.

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