HyperImage is a virtual research environment, which enables notions and metadata on images, image details, image collections and texts. Linkages allow for references to any desired information. Thereby, even images or image sections can relate to other images or image sections without a textual reference. This means HyperImage uses “pre-linguistic” pictorial footnotes, which applies the concept of hypertext to images.
The project HyperImage was initiated by Prof. Martin Warnke at the Leuphana University. In a project, funded within the D-Grid initiative from by the Ministry of Research and Education from 2006 to 2009 , the HU Berlin and the Leuphana University Lüneburg worked together in the advancement of the software.
Within the project Meta-Image, which was funded by the German National Research and Education Network (Deutsches Forschungsnetz, DFN) from 2009 to 2014, the development of HyperImage continued. Eventually, it was integrated into the image data base Prometheus. Until 2015, HyperImage was funded within the Hybrid Publishing Lab.