Friday, January 06, 2006

Faces of Northeast Indiana

I had an interesting conversation today with Jeff and Deepak from Global Systems. We were talking about how we could create a way for people to upload images of family/family history to us so we could then place those images in our digital library. That conversation then sparked the idea to create a web portal where people could upload their digital family images to an ACPL server (along with a webpage form describing the images) and we could start a digital collection called "Faces of Northeast Indiana."

Another idea came from this which was to take images that we have at the moment and project those images onto a screen at an event like Three Rivers Festival, so that we would have rotating sets of images. I think people would be fascinated by the historic pictures of Fort Wayne. This portal could have many modules created for it over time but images seemed to be the best choice initially, since we have many of the elements in place.

I would really be interested in what people think of this idea and what other ideas it may spark.



At 8:50 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

I think this idea has merit. Will the library also offer to scan images for those who can't scan/digitize their old photos themselves though?

At 4:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is a very good idea. Would this be limited to only identified people in the photos? Also will it matter if my scanner is not as good or as new as yours?

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Sean said...

We would provide guidelines on how to scan and what format to capture the image. Todays technology makes this a very easy process. Then there would be some details that we would like you to tell us about the photos. Who is in it and where the when the photo was taken. This could be done through a online form that would be easy to fill out. This way we could index the photo with the images and other could then do searched.


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