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<p>The advent of the World Wide Web and the decreasing cost of disk drives have made it possible to store and disseminate information at a rate unimagined a decade ago. For several thousand dollars, individuals today can save online an amount of text equal to all the information they will read and hear in their lifetimes. </p> <p>Storehouses of Internet-accessible information range from personal-photography and image collections to large-scale FTP sites and digital libraries with geographical image data and video. </p> <p>Museums and libraries are beginning to open this storage cornucopia to the world by digitizing their collections and placing them on the Web.</p> <p>The authors describe the issues they faced in the design and management of their own Web-based image collection, the Thinker ImageBase, containing more than 75,000 images of artwork from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.</p> <p>The authors focus on two requirements. First, the sys-tem must be accessible to people using various Internet connections. Second, it must provide as much information, as many images, and as much detail within an image as possible. To meet these requirements, user interface and storage hardware are key.</p>

N. Talagala, S. Asami, D. Patterson, D. Hart and B. Futernick, "The Art of Massive Storage: A Web Image Archive," in Computer, vol. 33, no. , pp. 22-28, 2000.
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