Advisor: Amy Csizmar Dalal
The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” may be true, but pictures also contain a wealth of information in the form of metadata.
Metadata about images goes beyond the filename and the tags. It can also contain the date and time, the location, the file size, the type of camera used, and other information about the camera. For example, here is one of the pictures on my phone's camera roll, and its associated metadata.
Metadata can be used for various purposes. Photo libraries can group photos by location and date into albums. Apps like On This Day and Timehop filter photos by the current month and day to show what pictures you've taken on this date in other years. Social media can show you all the photos you've been tagged in. And so on. In this project, we'll explore other potential uses for this data.
The goal of this project is to extract metadata from photos (and possibly other types of media), and use this metadata to form a profile of the photographer and/or the subject. Profiles could include any of the following:
In addition, there are ethical issues surrounding how we use metadata to draw conclusions and/or make predictions about the behavior of any given photographer or set of photographers. A key part of this project involves examining and analyzing ethical uses of photo metadata, and developing a set of guidelines / use cases around the use of metatdata for profile building.
No specific experience beyond Software Design and an interest in wrangling data from diverse sources and wrestling with ethical questions is required.
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