Milestones: How the NY Times Photo Archive Team Has Scanned a Million-Plus Pictures
From The New York Times:
Tucked away in a small, dimly lit room on the second floor of The New York Times’s headquarters, the team tasked with digitizing the newspaper’s vast archive of photographs recently reached a milestone: one million photos scanned.
The group of five technicians, who celebrated their accomplishment with Champagne and candy, are a part of the archival storytelling department that works to make the photo archive accessible to editors through a digital database. The project, a partnership with Google, started last summer and aims to upload at least four million images to the cloud.
Each person scans about 1,000 images per day, according to Sarah Borell, an archival assistant. Parked next to each technician’s desk is a cart filled with folders taken from drawers in the morgue, the newspaper’s underground archive. After they’re uploaded, the photos are categorized on an internal, searchable app.
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