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In vitae memoriam

The family has been quite busy with our grandma’s funeral preparations. One thing that my cousins realized is that it was a little difficult finding a lot of stock photos of her. We’d have to segregate everything from the seven children’s families, scan them and then push them all to iPhoto for a themed slideshow.

I was having a conversation with my cousin who’s a film director and we came to agree that if it were our generation, finding photos would be so much easier as our lives are pretty much public in Facebook, Multiply and Friendster. Not to mention our blogs as well. What would it be like, 50 years from now when it came to storing our memories online?

One of the resolutions among the cousins would be to start a centralized photo repository. Maybe on Flickr or Multiply because it is very easy to batch upload. And then maybe link them all to a blog or something. The objective would be to come up with an organized way for anyone in the family to have access to these gems and contribute.

Any suggestions? 🙂

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

2 replies on “In vitae memoriam”

Important in such things are tagging, categorizing, cataloging and database with an offline & online backup.

You can use flickr or any service that allows you both tagging & grouping. For Flickr a pro-account set up sets and collections. Nice things about these things are that photos are not limited to one set or collection. So you can actually “tag” one photo several ways using sets & Collection (aside from the tags themselves.

I. Collection (Family)
a. Family set1
a.1. Dad
a.2. Mom
a.2.1 Son 1
a.2.1.1. Wife
a.2.1.1.1. Son
a.2.2 Son 2

b. Family set2
————————
II. Collection: Family Events

a. Wedding
b. Birth
etc etc

You can describe pictures via sets & collections.

And You can also Tag them. A sort of free form indexing.

Caveats:
1) You might want to make the collection private so as not to be searchable by non- family members.

2) Also it would be prudent to have on offline version of this picture database. It does not have to be complicated you might just want to use folders, subfolders and naming conventions.

3) Just to be sure store the databse offline and online as well.

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