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« on: May 16, 2009, 01:35 »
You may have seen my rants on a new concept of image distrubution where the photographer has more control over thier own assets, I will be taking this concept forward and would like to offer anyone with the right skills the chance now to have a slice of what could be a good model, the only revenue required at this moment is time and a belief that this might just work.

My Primary contact for now is

To all:
This is an open invitation to anyone that has any skills and can dedicate time to this project in return for a share in any business that may result from this model.

About 6 - 8 people to cover the skills:

Business (1)
Will have business skills and be the 'Public face of Digital Web Logistics' and manage the business side, look at other revenue streams that could be part of the business, one that comes to mind is not all photographers will want to signup to Amazon, so we could provide the space on a cost plus or subscription per 500 images

Marketing (1)
To formulate the marketing strategies to both Photographer and new agencies and thier customers, so this person should have a good knowledge of stock photography from a photographers, agent and customers perspective, and be able to market the positives this model will bring, and decide how we get the message across

Project Management (1)
Plan the project and milestones keeping the focus where it is needed at the time and manage any failures

Solution Architect (That's all of us)
Decide on the different modules, which are the most important and which are to go on a wish list

Development (1 or 2 more)
Anyone that can write code in any website languages, php, c#, .net etc

Testers (1 or 2)
To test the product from end to end and feedback the results of any testing to the other departments

Everyone would have an equal share in the business and have to take part in other areas as and when required

If we become winners with this model, then it will mean there will be many photographers out there getting a good return on thier assets


« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2009, 19:26 »
I wonder how many developers are here. I really think it's great idea.

I can contribute in Java or C# :-) Is it going to be open source? Maybe more people would join?

« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009, 07:01 »
I'd like to help, David.
I've emailed you.

« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2009, 09:28 »
Thanks for the replies, I am now out of Contract so I will have some time to pull it together and email those that have responded, about 6 of you at the moment, I looked at Amazon simpleDB but it is not up to the task, so I am looking at some xml databases as these may cope with the keyword structure better, another option without a database is using pre-defined keyword lists, Amazon s3 as a data store and splitting the xml packets into buckets and files, creating the files as non clustered indexes, then creating our own search tool to return the data.

I have some real buyers search data to analyze first, to look at how buyers search and how many valid keywords are used in the average search, as much as we may add 15-20 keywords to an image, I would think that the average search would be just 2 - 3 words from these, which need to be weighted to relevance, also how to make searches fair not being an agency we would want each search to return a different sorted dataset when the same words are used, to stop good images data packets being buried.


« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2009, 04:42 »
Another consideration is our carbon footprint, our images when stored on many stocksite servers has no consideration for data-storage efficiency, this model reduces the Data duplication by using single-instance storage, and reducing storage needs by eliminating redundant images and many servers. as only one unique instance of the image is actually retained on storage media until the point of sale, and the full image uploads are replaced with a thumbnail and a pointer to the original copy. For example, a photographer with 100 image instances of 4mb and contributing these to 6 stocksites, at present requiring 400MB storage space per server, With data duplication this becomes 6 x 400mb, 2.4GB which will use fossil fuel to store these on the servers, with only one instance of the images being stored online; and each subsequent instance is just referenced back to the single saved copy. In this example a 2.4GB storage demand can be reduced to only 400MB.



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