Thames Water: New 150-year digital archive captures growth of London. “Thousands of never-before-seen images documenting Thames Water’s past and the growth of London are now available to the public after a mammoth archiving project. The historic photographs of iconic and critical sites, including Walthamstow reservoirs, Abbey Mills pumping station and Beckton sewage works, from across the capital span almost a century, from 1886 to 1976, and can be downloaded for free.”
Cosmopolitan South Africa: Africa’s Official Database Of GIFs is Here!. “If you don’t scroll past at least one GIF per day, you haven’t lived. They’ve pretty much taken over the online space but up until now, there haven’t been that many local GIFs available to use. That’s where 22-year-old, Lelo Macheke comes in! The Johannesburg native has launched GOWISHA or aka Africa’s Official Database Of GIFs – and we’re obsessed!” I mentioned Mr. Macheke in 2017, but at that point his collection was a GIPHY page. This seems much more extensive.
Elsevier: Combating image misuse in science: new Humboldt database provides “missing link”. “How do researchers use and change images to make their results look more consistent or convincing? What is considered ‘appropriate’ image manipulation, and when does a scientist cross the line? These are some of the questions I’ve been trying to answer since I started writing my PhD thesis on scholarly image manipulation back in 2013. Inappropriate image manipulation is not good for the ecosystem of science. Science builds on science, and if there’s something wrong with a published paper, then you are poisoning that well.” This is a much deeper dive than a simple new resource announcement.
Asahi Shimbun: More images of Hiroshima after war found in foreign archives. “The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum here Oct. 10 released a batch of photos previously unknown in Japan of this city’s devastation soon after the 1945 atomic bombing. The 32 images taken during the Allied occupation were discovered in archives in the United States and New Zealand.”
Fast Company: MIT’s new tool erases anything (or anyone) from old photos. “We’re all guilty of the Crop. You know, that group photo where you look so good that–sorry bestie, apologies grandma, see ya, ex–you carefully crop the other person out. But what if there was a tool that could erase people and things automatically–a magic wand that could do hours of imperfect Photoshop work in an instant? Now, thanks to an MIT Media Lab project led by Matt Groh, that tool is real–if still imperfect.” Really imperfect, based on the results, but you gotta start somewhere.
Taneya’s Genealogy Blog: Progress Check: My Digital Photo Organization. “At the beginning of the year, I shared my strategy for how I am approaching the management of my digital photos. I have been working more on it lately and I thought it time for a progress check! You can read more about my strategy here, but essentially, my approach is to rely on Google Photos as my ‘automatic camera roll’ (b/c all of my pictures automatically upload to it), and then each month, move pictures out and into structured folders. As I place pictures in the structured folders, I use metadata tags to provide details about each photo. It’s been fabulous!”
CNET: Firefox to support Google’s WebP image format for a faster web. “Firefox has joined Google’s WebP party, another endorsement for the internet giant’s effort to speed up the web with a better image format.”