FotoInMotion Tool Advances Despite COVID-19, Seeking Relevance for Photojournalism
By Maria Goirigolzarri (NOOR)
The COVID-19 pandemic hit just a few weeks after the consortium met in Paris to focus on the new features of the FotoInMotion tool. Clearly the crisis has hurt many industries, but for professional photojournalism, existing challenges were amplified by the shutdown of large parts of human activity, including the basic freedom of movement.
All of this makes it more important that FotoInMotion is a solution that serves both the practical and creative needs of photojournalists. The NOOR collective is particularly excited to see the progress done on the annotation tool. The annotation tool is one of the features that would be a highly relevant added value for NOOR, the photojournalism industry and beyond. The time that an automatic keywording tool could save to any kind of organisation dealing with large volumes of images and data to archive is of extreme value.
The NOOR team gathers to test the second release of the tool
During the second week of June, members of the NOOR team (Clément Saccomani – Managing Director, Maria Goirigolzarri – Projects Director and Pierre-Mohammed Petit – Digital Director), gathered together in Amsterdam to test the new version of the platform, both from their laptops and mobile devices.
Though all three work in the photojournalism industry, each member of the team has a different reason, motivation and set of specific needs when interacting with an image, and aimed to pool our collective insight together to make it more accessible to all types of potential future users within the photojournalism industry.
One of the most crucial points at this point in the project is the launch of the Mobile App version of the tool. The mobile version was key for NOOR to be able to create a relevant product for an industry where the creators, the originators of images, often don’t have their computer at hand when producing stories in the field.
The mobile version is quick and intuitive, and users can produce a set of stories with automatically identified tags and effects. The possibility of choosing a template was also introduced, as agreed in Paris, as well as the preview option and several format options to export depending on the dissemination platform.
The web version has also been largely improved. Stories can be previewed and downloaded. The annotation tool shows that the technology to automatically identify a set of keywords in an image is indeed functional and effective.