Capturing images, data at Corbis

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Big data is making it easier to search the company’s epic volume of pictorial images.

By analyzing reams of metadata, Corbis Corp. is making the creation of magazines, websites, and films easier for the tens of thousands of customers that rely on the company’s extraordinary collection of stock images.

This archive includes more than 100 million photographs and 800,000 video clips, an epic volume of pictorial images. In the days before computers and the Internet, one would need to view these images page-by-page, flipping from one image to the next in a catalog of “landscapes” or “celebrity portraits” to license the best one for, say, a new advertisement.

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