A data set for color research

Kobus Barnard, Lindsay Martin, Brian Funt, Adam Coath

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We present an extensive data set for color research that has been made available online (www.cs.sfu.ca/̃colour/data). The data are especially germane to research into computational color constancy, but we have also aimed to make the data as general as possible, and we anticipate a wide range of benefits to research into computational color science and computer vision. Because data are useful only in context, we provide the details of the collection process, including the camera characterization, and the data used to determine that characterization. The most significant part of the data is 743 images of scenes taken under a carefully chosen set of 11 illuminants. The data set also has several standardized sets of spectra for synthetic data experiments, including some data for fluorescent surfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-151
Number of pages5
JournalColor Research and Application
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2002


  • Color constancy
  • Extended dynamic range images
  • Fluorescent surface
  • Illumination
  • Image data
  • Matte surface
  • Metallic surface
  • Mondrian
  • Specular surface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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