Mid Day: Mumbai: American Photographer Launches Crowd-Sourced Aarey Forest Image Bank. “[Craig] Boehman, an independent photographer, is the man behind Aarey Forest Image Bank. The database, which can be found on Instagram, Facebook and mainly Flickr, is meant as a crowd-sourced pool of photographs that offers vignettes of life in Aarey Milk Colony, which has become the heavily contested site between the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRC) and, those on the other side of the debate, such as environmentalists and the adivasis.” “Adivasis” is a term for indigenous people in India.
Lifehacker: Use Instagram’s Collections Feature to Save Interesting Posts. “Last year Instagram introduced Collections, a way to organize your pictures within the app into different curated groups. It’s a feature that’s been around for roughly a year now, but it’s one that most people don’t realize is even there.”
Joyce Valenza: Google Docs and Drive Add-ons for CC0 images. “If you use Google Docs and Slides to create and communicate, you may be interested in how easy it now is to incorporate free, copyright-friendly images into your projects without having to leave your document to search for them. I was surprised to discover my very favorite image portals were available in the form of add-ons.” Quick roundup but so useful if you do a lot of writing in Google Docs / Google Drive!
CNET: Google Photos bug puts bad digital dates on film-era photos. “If you’re the kind of person who digitizes film-era photos, then painstakingly edits them with the actual date they were taken, you’re also probably the kind of person who’s going to be very unhappy when a Google Photos bug wipes out your work.”
Iowa State University: Database will help build foundation for steganalysis of forensic evidence. “There is nothing striking or remarkable about the tens of thousands of pictures an Iowa State University research team has spent the past 18 months collecting for a new database. Jennifer Newman, an associate professor of math leading the team on behalf of the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence based at Iowa State, says they are not interested in aesthetics or photos worthy of framing. In fact, the dimly lit and overexposed pictures make the database valuable for researchers interested in steganalysis.”
The Gadgeteer: ScanMyPhotos photo scanning service review. “When we wanted to save a moment in time before the days of smartphones, we captured a picture with an actual camera. Inside the camera was a roll of film which had to be dropped off at a drug store or camera store to be developed. A few days later you’d stop at the store and pick up the processed pictures. If you’re old enough, you probably have a few boxes of photos from days gone by collecting dust on a shelf. How can you ‘backup’ those images or share them on social media without manually scanning each individual photo? ScanMyPhotos is a service that will take care of the work of scanning your photos. Let’s take a look.”
Library of Congress: Free to Use and Reuse: Making Public Domain and Rights-Clear Content Easier to Find. “One of our biggest challenges is letting you know about all of the content available at loc.gov. Another challenge we have is letting you know what you can do with it (in a nice way). We are working on several fronts to improve the visibility of public domain and rights-clear content. We moved one step in that direction today with the launch of our Free to Use and Reuse page.”