Forum: Ruby on Rails Photo Tracking: Releases, Subjects, Versions, Metadata, etc

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Jeff C. (Guest)
on 2006-01-05 18:44
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Hey all,

I'm brainstorming my next app and want to make sure I'm not doing work
that someone has already done (probably better than me!).

I'm a high school teacher and the school's web/print designer.  I need
an organized way to track my media.  99% of the time that is going to
mean photos, but we also shoot the occasional video or take audio
recording.  For each of these records I need to track:
- The subjects that appear in them
- The media release status of each subject
- The original media itself (thank you file column!!!)
- Additional versions of the media (thumbnails, jpgs of RAW images,
alternate codec video/audio, etc)
- Other metadata (previous usages, timestamping, author, etc)

Then I want to put together controllers that allow actions like...
- Easily link directly to media in the archive
- Easily upload new media
- List media containing a specified subject or subjects
- Create a "game" where an authenticated user identifies subjects in the
media (mostly to get our security guards, who know the name of every
kid, to identify them for me!)
- Other obvious administrative actions (delete, edit, etc)

Has anyone done something similar?  Anyone interested?  I'd be happy to
modify/extend an existing project, collaborate on a new project, or just
have some beta testers.

Thomas S. (Guest)
on 2006-01-20 00:22
I plan to build something similar to what you described, but I'm new to
Ruby on Rails.  Keep me posted on your progress.  I hope to get started
in about 4 weeks.
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