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Chapter 2. Overview of the Save the Memory Project

(4)Creation of a Database

The image data of the scanned photos was forwarded from the digital copier to a PC via a LAN established within the factory (using the Scan to Folder function). The PC was then used to check and trim the image data.
Image data was checked from the PC screen for the presence of any slanting or breaks, etc., and trimming was performed to cut away an unnecessary parts. Photos that were upside down were rotated to obtain the correct orientation, and free software was used to trim the images. If an image scan was not successful and resulted in severe slanting for example, the image data was deleted, and the photo rescanned.
The completed image data was divided into folders on the computer for each region, and then those folders were further divided into folders for categories such as “black and white”, “wedding photos”, “group photos”, and “children”. When the photos were uploaded to the web server, the names of these folders served as tag information for searching.

The data for over 400,000 images is stored by the cloud storage service “quanp” provided by Ricoh. The photo image data was uploaded altogether using quanp file management application software.

*The quanp service has now ended.

The web-based photo search service site savethememory.jp, which can be used to actually search for photos, provides a search function that uses image data stored in quanp. The difference between the website and quanp, which is a commercial service, is that the website is equipped with numerous functions specialized particularly for searching photos. (Details are discussed later.)

Image data before trimming edges

Images are adjusted and uploaded