Users interested in obtaining content related to certain concepts sometimes struggle with identifying suitable textual search terms. Users may be unable to formulate a query due to limitations of vocabulary, lack of language skills, lack of knowledge of the specific topic, etc. This disclosure describes techniques to enable a user to conduct a visual search and exploration using images with textual annotations that correspond to objects and concepts in the images. The textual annotations are analogous to hyperlinks, and are used by a search engine to obtain and display search results to the user. The search results can be text results or further curated images, e.g., diagrams or schematics annotated with terms and phrases that represent the objects and concepts shown. A user interface per the described techniques enables a user to continue to drill down on a search topic using visual cues in the search results.
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Haubold, Alexander, "Visual search using automatically annotated images", Technical Disclosure Commons, (December 13, 2017)