Wednesday, March 15, 2006

MemoryMiner: a world of stories awaits us all

MemoryMiner is a Mac-based application used to data-mine a vast collection of photos. It's interface is somewhat similar to iPhoto's, but its focus is on the addition of metadata, categories, and groupings to your photos. Overall, it's pretty mind-blowing what this application can do, but also pretty daunting to think about what would need to be done in order to set up an effective data mine.

The goal of MemoryMiner is lofty: "...the creation of the world's most extensive network of first-person accounts of modern society and culture."

The app allows you to drag and drop from iPhoto, set relationships between yourself and others like a family tree, to filter media by life periods, to add location info and plot location markers on a world map, and to provide an extensive collection of ways to present your information.

The video demo explains the app quite nicely.

I love the concept, but I can't imagine having the time or energy to make full use of this. Additionally I'd be concerned about the setup of the images (can you link to iPhoto's database, or are you copying images to a second database? Can you share databases with others?)

I see this being bought by Google and becoming completely internet-based, in hopes that mini-societies get created and link themselves together. Actually, it would make a sweet Flickr plugin.

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