[Imc-g8-2005] Stats, figures and reports of indymedia at G8
mini_mouse at riseup.net
Tue Aug 2 05:34:33 PDT 2005
At 1:00 pm +0100 2/8/05, Planet Mail wrote:
>PHOTO DESK - how many images went through the photo desk?
Best estimate at the time was 5-6000
>(how many of these btw are not published?)
Not known. The drives had to be emptied a couple of times because of
the volume, and only the low res versions were saved, although every
user had the opportunity to write off their work to CD.
>Does someone want to do a short write up about how it worked and experiences?
I wrote this for the wiki, but can't seem to get a password sorted
out. So here it is:
The photodesk set up was a promising start, with around 5-6000
pictures being downloaded, edited, archived and (a selection)
published. Many of these came from the "other side" of police lines
and would not have seen the light of day AT THE TIME without these
It best fulfilled its function of allowing lo-spec snappers to come
off the street and publish their pictures. A droplet for resizing
pictures to fit better on the newswire seems to have been successful
- many of the archived pictures that came from the machines appear to
have been processed by it.
However a self help workflow that I'd devised to work via a webpage
quickly became irrelevant as more experienced people made up their
own rules whilst novices sought help from photographers who'd based
Whilst most high end photographers had their own laptops, the picture
desk was also used by a mid range group with 6Mpx cameras (Nikon
D70s) and 2gB memory cards. In these cases the (6 year old) machines
and peripherals were too slow to facilitate downloading, editing and
processing which caused a lot of frustration.
We were also hindered by not being able to get card readers of a
sufficient vintage to marry with these computers, meaning one machine
was frequently used just to copy cards over the (very slow) LAN to
the others. Without the help of a couple of laptops & readers from
Cambridge IMCers we'd have been stuffed.
I underestimated the level of cameras people would be using, next
time round (with the speed of development) it'll be even worse. So
for a picture desk to work properly we'd definitely need to add some
Finally the picture library is running successfully at
but because the "self-help workflow" got abandoned very few people
uploaded to it during the G8. To work properly uploads need to be
done and keyworded by the photographer at the time. Hopefully we can
address this over a period of time.
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