Aperture 3: Low Cost Facial Recognition for Libraries & Archives?
While I'm not an Apple user, I did recently come across an interesting feature in the new version of Apple's Aperture 3 called 'Faces' that might have helped the photo identification process. Through proper training, the Faces feature can apply names to your personal photo collection.
For the photographers out there, this sounds like a fantastic feature. Just in terms of the raw volume of digital images that most create. But what about using this application for an Archival institutional collection? If it isn't being used in some capacity already, this would seem to be a low-cost & valuable tactic.
I'd be very interested if any Archivists come across this post and are willing to chime in with a comment from their daily experience. I'm presuming that facial recognition technology has traditionally been too costly for most Archival programmes. But I could be completely wrong.