Standard, easily accessible, test targets have long served the field of color imaging as a foundation for comparison of the performance of various imaging systems and algorithms and the open and meaningful exchange of research results. This paper details the creation and application of a new digital color test target useful for research and development of color imaging systems. The target has several advantages over previous types of targets that include spatial resolution, dynamic range, spectral resolution, metameric properties, lack of noise, and continuous tonal variations. All these features can be important for visual assessment, computational analysis, and colorimetric evaluation. This target, known as METACOW, is freely available to all performing research in color imaging.
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Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)
Fairchild, Mark and Johnson, Garrett, "METACOW: A public-domain, high-resolution, fully-digital, noise-free, metameric, extended-dynamic-range, spectral test target for imaging system analysis and simulation" (2004). Accessed from
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