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ImageServer   -   2004/08/21Viewed 98 times this month, last update: 2008/06/09


I just added another project to my public cvs repository: ImageServer.
The imageserver project is a PostgreSQL and file based database for images. It allows the single or batch importing of images, automatic reading of image EXIF data, and storage of additional user defined data. It then allows searching based on this data, display and resizing/reformatting of the images. The system has a concept of image "owners", public images, and images accessable only by certain people.

Still in development is advanced, typed searching, allowing searches like "newer than March 2004, from Erik, with a Canon a80 camera". Also planned is a SOAP interface, allowing direct utilization of any ImageServer site by another web site or program.

You can see the development site at imageserver.erikburrows.com, which is currently serving all the images on this site.

Update: 2004/12/02
I just finished the first cut at a reorganization of the ImageServer code and interface. There are still a lot of admin tools to write, but the public side is done. The new front page is faster, and cooler I think, and search results are paged, with pretty buttons.

Update: 2005/01/24
Just added to the imageserver front page is something I've wanted to do for a long time: Sequences. Every time I go on a trip, or have a set of images to upload to the imageserver, I set a sequence name. It's a name for the whole group of images. The imageserver now shows the most recent image sequences, as shortcuts to the search tool. Using this new feature, you can see pictures from my camping trip last weekend into the Angeles National Forest.

Update: 2005/02/08
As often happens, my interests have shifted to photography, away from updating this site, scuba, kayaking, etc. I'll get back to those, but I need to fully explore photo geekery for a while. To reflect my change in interest, I have added the imageserver "Image of the day" (called "Favorites", since I don't have a favorite every day!) to the navigation-bar of this site. I hope to promote the imageserver site, to get feedback on both the site, and my photographs. I will eventually have a comment system setup on the imageserver site, but until then, please to tell me what you think here.

Update: 2005/02/08
I know, I'm an OCD freak. Comments are now active on the imageserver site.

Update: 2008/04/14
The Imageserver now uses exiftool instead of ImageMagic to read EXIF codes, and because of this, can interpret GPS coordinate metadata. If the image had coordinate data, the Imageserver view page now links to Google Maps, to point out exactly where the image was taken. This can be seen when you click on this picture:


Update: 2008/04/21
I removed the front-page "Recent Favorites" section, in favor of a new feature: Galleries. I added a new metadata key, called 'gallery', which allows me to classify the pictures by theme, and better organize those top 1% of pictures. I think this also allows people, myself included, to find a picture "of a nice flower", or "a pretty landscape", etc.

Update: 2008/06/09
I spend a lot of time getting the Imageserver front-page looking good, but I don't think anyone looks at it. So, I've taken some more elements from the Imageserver front page, and added them to www.erikburrows.com proper. I moved arround the left-side navigation bar elements some, and expanded the Imageserver section to include the portfolio folders. That, combined with the favorite, and recent subject elements, replicates all of the Imageserver front-page functionality, just smaller.


Comments:
Matt Bell (2005-01-24): Sorry I missed the camping trip, but I did get to go for a glider ride on a beautiful day up in Napa (and drank some excellent wine too!)

That looks like a great place to camp, I look forward to the details!

Erik (2005-01-24): I've always wanted to go glider flying. When are you coming back down again?

Will (2005-02-08): Do you have any software that can read the EXIF information stored in the images? That would be sweet to have the imageserver automatically post that information in the page also.

Steve Kehlet (2005-02-08): I like it.

Erik (2005-02-08): Steve, thanks!

Will, actually, it's already there. If you click on an image, below it is a button called 'Show all Metadata', which will display all the metadata the system has for the image, including any description data I added, as well as the EXIF key-value pairs. Some of it is interesting, but some of the values, like exposure and aperture are in a funky format, which I have not added a converter for. If you click on the image again, you get the full-size original of the picture.

Matt Bell (2005-07-11): Hey there, I just got my server up and running and am looking for an easy software package to do photo databases. Would you mind if I play around with ImageServer?

Erik (2005-07-11): Of course you can, go to the link near the top-left called "My public CVS Server", and click on the "imageserver" project. There are instructions on how to download it.

However, if you really intend to use it yourself, you should give me some time to package it up for general use. If you're interested, I'll do that in the next couple of days.

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