Recent developments in document image watermarking and data hiding

Minya Chen, Edward K. Wong, Nasir Memon, Scott Adams

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With the proliferation of digital media such as images, audio, and video, robust digital watermarking and data hiding techniques are needed for copyright protection, copy control, annotation, and authentication. While many techniques have been proposed for digital color and grayscale images, not all of them can be directly applied to binary document images. The difficulty lies in the fact that changing pixel values in a binary document could introduce irregularities that are very visually noticeable. Over the last few years, we have seen a growing but limited number of papers proposing new techniques and ideas for document image watermarking and data hiding. In this paper, we present an overview and summary of recent developments on this important topic, and discuss important issues such as robustness and data hiding capacity of the different techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsA G Tescher, B Vasudev, V M Bove Jr
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2001
EventMultimedia Systems and Applications IV - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Aug 21 2001Aug 22 2001


OtherMultimedia Systems and Applications IV
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDenver, CO


  • Authentication
  • Binary images
  • Copyright control
  • Data hiding
  • Document images
  • Watermarking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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