Baltimore,MD (PRWEB) September 24, 2013
Project Gado, a technology startup building sustainable models for archival digitization, announced today a strategic partnership with Getty Images, Inc., a leading creator and distributor of still imagery, video and multimedia products. This partnership allows Getty Images to license historic photographs digitized by Project Gado’s revolutionary scanning technology to the media for use in print and online publishing.
In this new partnership, the Gado-digitized images are available for licensing on Getty Images’ commercial website at http://bit.ly/15OdgYR.
“The historic photos digitized by Gado lend valuable perspective and context to our world today, and we are delighted to make them available for license so a wide audience can access them,” said Matthew Butson, VP, Archive at Getty Images, “As innovators in the digital media space, we find Project Gado’s efforts to enable archives -- regardless of size -- to preserve their visual history nothing short of amazing, and we are excited to partner with them.”
The first archive to participate in the Project Gado-Getty Images partnership is the Afro American Newspapers in Baltimore, Maryland, where Gado scanning technology has been used to digitize over 120,000 images from the paper's 1.5 million photo collection. The newspaper, which dates back to 1892, is the oldest African American newspaper in the country, and their photo archive contains everything from Civil Rights and World War II historic photographs to rarely seen photographs of Jackie Robinson (http://bit.ly/1eEM5It), Louis Armstrong (http://bit.ly/16oPAAw), and Joe Louis (http://bit.ly/1fzmujh).
Since 2010, Project Gado has developed an open source archival scanning robot that small archives, museums, and libraries can use to digitize their photo collections with little to no upfront cost. The Gado 2 can autonomously scan and save a photograph every 42 seconds, allowing archivists to focus on more important tasks than manual digitization. In addition to the company's technological innovation, Project Gado aims to make scanning sustainable for the small archive through image licensing. To learn more about how you can partner with Project Gado, please contact info(at)projectgado(dot)org or visit Project Gado on the web at http://projectgado.org/.
“We are thrilled to be working with Getty Images to make the Afro American Newspapers’ priceless historic photographs more accessible,” said Tom Smith, Project Manager of Project Gado. “This partnership is the ideal next step in our mission to build sustainable models of archival digitization and advance the use of digitized materials.”
About Project Gado
Project Gado uses technology to create sustainable models for large-scale archival digitization and advance the use of digitized materials. Project Gado is currently partnered with the archives at the Afro American Newspapers in Baltimore, Maryland and the Emerging Technology Centers. Project Gado is sponsored by the Abell Foundation, the Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).
About Getty Images
Getty Images is a leading creator and distributor of still imagery, video and multimedia products, as well as a recognized provider of other forms of premium digital content, including music. Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and imagery help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and Web sites.