- Introducing TinEye Imagemaps
As our TinEye fans know: our TinEye index grew beyond 2 billion images as of a couple of weeks ago. Now it is time for us to focus on going beyond just crawling to grow our index, by involving you (our content partners) and adding your image collections to the TinEye index.
A goal of TinEye is to help you find the author of an image, where it came from, where it is being used, where you can find additional images from the same author, where you can license the image or any information that you will find useful about your search image. So being able to grow our TinEye index by accepting contributor imagemaps will get us closer to this goal.
We are also working on having contributor images shown at the top of TinEye result pages. This makes it much easier for our users to identify important sources for the images they are looking for.
Today we are introducing the TinEye imagemap. This is a beta release.
What is a TinEye Imagemap?
It is a file that a site’s webmaster creates to tell TinEye’s crawlers exactly where to find all the images on the site.
Today, image collections from iStockphoto, Getty Images, Photoshelter, Masterfile, F1 online, wikipedia and more have been included in the 2 billion TinEye image index. If you own or manage an image centric website, we would like to add your images as well. Become familiar with our TinEye imagemap requirements and complete the imagemap submission form for consideration.
Please note that for the duration of our TinEye imagemap beta, submission priority will be given to:
- stock photography and editorial image collections
- art and illustration collections available for licensing
- archival and historical image collections
- creative commons image collections
As this is a beta release, we appreciate your comments, questions and suggestions. Happy searching!
And no, we have not forgotten about all of our TinEye fans: once we get more feedback with this beta release of our imagemaps, we will start accepting your imagemap submissions and not just stock photography and large image collections.
- 2B. 2B. 2B.
I am sure that our TinEye fans already noticed that we crossed our 2 billion image goal. We have been so busy we did not see the numbers flip! We added close to 25 million images to the TinEye index, bringing our index to 2,013,406,246! We will be celebrating in the ideeplex with some awesome table tennis – the team is competitive – and great beers and tacos! But don’t worry, we will be planning a 2 billion TinEye image party very soon. And you are invited!
We are also working on our TinEye Image Contributor beta. This is an XML based protocol that will allow webmasters to create a TinEye readable XML imagemap for their content. Stay tuned for details on Monday. We are excited about this release as it will allow image centric websites to point us to their content to add to the TinEye index. Our goal as always is to make sure that each image out there is linked to its creator.
In the meantime: happy searching! And don’t forget to check out our TinEye product blog for the latest news.
[Photograph (c) Kevin Dooley]
- Copyright Reform: yes, let’s go!
I am looking forward to seeing some of the copyright reform recommendations rolled out soon. If like me, you have tried to use the search functions to find copyright information for a photograph or any works, you know what I mean. You – like most of the Copyright Office users probably still have forehead bruises resulting from your head hitting a nearby concrete wall (or handy hard surface).
On all seriousness: it is about time to bring the Copyright Office forward. So if you are in Washington, join us for an afternoon conference: Toward a Copyright Office for the 21st Century, a Public Knowledge Conference discussing the future of the Copyright Office. This conference will build off of the ideas put forth in Public Knowledge’s recent whitepaper, “A Copyright Office for the 21st Century: Recommendations to the New Register of Copyrights”.
This is incredibly timely as the Librarian of Congress will be appointing the first new Register of Copyright since 1994. The new Register will be the first appointed in the Internet era, and will have an opportunity to shape the Copyright Office for the 21st Century.
I am excited to be joining the conversation and participating in a panel presentation this afternoon along side:
- Tracey Armstrong, President and CEO, Copyright Clearance Center
- James Cavanaugh, National Director and Treasurer, American Society of Media Photographers
- Jule Sigall, Associate General Counsel – Copyright, Microsoft
- Respondent: Maria Pallante, Acting Register of Copyrights
- Moderator: Michael Weinberg, Public Knowledge
With the advances made in image search and image recognition based search, perhaps the next Copyright Office Database is simply the web!
- Let’s say you have gone back in time…
Nice one. Okay. We’re going to assume that you’re on earth and you can read English. So far, so good. But how can you build all the amenities of tomorrow when you’re stuck in the past? Don’t worry your poster has this one covered.
and that pretty much sums up why I love TinEye! I had forgotten about Ryan North‘s fantastic Tshirt until I read BiteTheByte blog post. Incidentally Ryan and Dan also love TinEye. Thanks guys! I am now going to order the poster!
- TinEye now accepting image collection submissions
TinEye has just one goal in life: To connect images and information. Whether that means finding the original author of an image, finding out where an image has been used on the web, or finding out more information about an image in general, TinEye wants to help you find the information you’re looking for. And the bigger our database of images, the better!
We have been crawling the web relentlessly over the past several months. In October ’09 we grew by 21.5 million images. In November we grew by 22.5 million images. In December we leaped up another 65 million images. And in January alone we’ve added 44 million images and the month is not over yet!
In addition to our regular web crawling, we have started adding entire specialized image collections. Last week we announced the addition of the iStockphoto and Photoshelter stock photo collections to TinEye. Why? Because we want to make it easy to attribute any stock image to its original author, and facilitate sales. And we plan to add new and different specialized image collections over the coming weeks and months. Maybe even yours?
So… calling all companies dealing with large image collections on the web! TinEye is officially accepting your image collection submissions. Here are some of the things we are looking for:
- Stock and editorial photography collections
- Art and illustration collections
- Product image indexes and catalogs
- Archival or historical image collections
- You tell us!
If you are an image provider or deal with large image collections as a part of your business–and if you want more people connecting with your images–then we want to hear from you! Preference will be given to collections containing over 1 million images, and to companies with an existing image management and delivery procedure.
To add your image collection to TinEye, please contact us. Help us connect your images to you!
- Who created that image? TinEye adds the iStockphoto and Photoshelter collections.
We are happy to announce that TinEye our reverse image search engine has grown its index again adding over 32 million images including the entire iStockphoto and Photoshelter image collections. This is great news for photographers, image buyers and anyone interested in copyright compliance and attribution.
Today the TinEye index sits at just over 1.2 billion images – yes, that’s billion not million – 1,267,565,027 to be exact. As we grow we have been looking at how to answer just one question:
- who created that image?
Why is this important? Simple: Attribution. Creators want to establish authorship of their work and also know where their images are used. TinEye facilitates both.
As TinEye’s index grew, TinEye became the defacto image registry. Every day TinEye answers the “who created that image” question and connects images to their source. TinEye does this without keywords or metadata. Simply use an image to find an image. This is what we like to call the beginning of the attribution movement.
To start we are adding the world’s stock photography images to TinEye to connect all images available for licensing to their creator and distributor. And that’s just the beginning.
Every day TinEye helps image authors by:
- linking images to the original author – this is about attribution
- allowing image buyers to find the proper distributor of an image to purchase it
- showing how and where images are being used on the web
- protecting against image theft
Maybe you are a designer and you’d like to purchase an image for a project and you have a thumbnail or comp image but you’re not sure where it came from. Maybe you’re in love with a certain awesome image and would like to see the author’s other work. Maybe you want to see who else on the web is using an image… maybe you’re the image author. It does not matter: TinEye connects the dots for you.
At TinEye, we want to index every image in the world to help you find what you are looking for. iStockphoto and Photoshelter are a pretty awesome step towards that but it does not stop there. We will be adding a series of stock photography collections in the coming weeks so please stay tuned. If you are interested in having your image collection added to TinEye, get in touch.