Entries in "Photos" ( for this category only)

Street View by Google

Google is traveling around with a 360-degree camera to add a street view to its maps. Cleveland made its debut has the first Ohio city to be visually documented by Google.

See the Plain Dealer article for some more highlights.

Go to http://maps.google.com/ and enter a Cleveland address. Hit "street" view and if the streets are highlighted in blue you can get the view as if you are driving by. Just click on the street and enjoy. Arrows direct your travel and your view.

I went with the "full screen" view and the images are very good quality and can be zoomed. Not quite good enough to read a license plate, but they show quite a bit of detail.

Online Photo Sharing in Plain English

Great way to explain photo sharing.

Source: http://www.commoncraft.com/photosharing

Special Collections or Library Displays in Web 2.0

Shorpy.com is a 100-year-old photography blog that brings our ancestors into today's spotlight. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a boy who worked in an Alabama coal mine near the turn of the century. They started with a collection of photographs taken in the early 1900s by Lewis Wickes Hine as part of a decade-long field survey for the National Child Labor Committee.

Shorpy.com is a fine example our how library, museum, and private collections can be made available to the world using web 2.0 tools and techniques.

[VIA: MAKE: Blog, Mar 21, 2007]

Do You Expect Photo Privacy on the Net

When you post pictures online, do you expect privacy or the ability to remain anonymous? I personally feel if you post online you waived all those expectations. The Internet is open to the world, so you will eventually be found by someone.

National Geographic News (January 5, 2007) reports that the ability to stay anonymous in photos is really changing in the near future. Currently, photos can only be searched by the words in the caption or filename. A company called Polar Rose plans to launch an Internet - based face recognition software that will be compatible with Flickr.

I agree that the software can be abused by the criminal element, potential employers reaching beyond traditional due diligence, or current employers monitoring the non-work activities of employers. I believe you go after the abusers and not the tools.

This tool will be powerful and very beneficial. Imagine searching for a lost child or a criminal on the run. Or, imagine being able to locate pictures others are posting of you. I think the benefits greatly outweigh the possible abuses. Besides, I will go back to my original statement - if you post on the Internet, you have already waived your rights to privacy.

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More ALA 2.0 Goodness

The ALA staff has opened up their offices to the online world. Check out the ALA staff Flickr account for a view of the headquarters and the various activities. They are getting ready for the holidays, Midwinter, and getting their groove down with a little Dance Dance Revolution.