Jean-Marie Hullot and Gilles Samoun have – today – launched fotopedia.com. It is the culmination of the work done by the fotonauts team over the past 2 years.
fotopedia is both a web site and an optional downloadable client. At launch the web site brings together awesome images covering more than 4500 subjects. It allows those who download the client to create encyclopedia pages for subjects of their choice, or to add images to the already existing encyclopedia pages. Users vote for their favorite images (either on the web site or in the client). Each subject is produced dynamically from the votes of the contributors and the users and will likely change over time.
The subject pages bind to Wikipedia content for the same subject.
Here is one I did earlier, for Manchester United. I am using the embeddable widget feature to put it here on my blog.
fotopedia brings to the Internet the photographic equivalent of what Wikipedia did for text. It is inclusive and community driven. And above all else it is beautiful.
Disclosure: I am a shareholder in fotopedia…and I am very biased. But it truly is wonderful.
Slowly but surely the fotonauts development team is getting to the point where we can begin to release invites from the – now very long – queue. It will be worth the wait.
Today I was able to make an album from my Aperture library, and without time to even blink, a web version of the album was available for me to share – http://www.fotonauts.com/albums/d5b780ae-8509-4f01-9a4d-38fa974a6255. I also published it to my Flickr account without extra effort – http://www.flickr.com/photos/kteare/sets/72157607916412505/.
And, as with all albums, I could make a widget to put here:
Up until now the web versions of albums could only be seen by those already participating in the beta, and Aperture was not on the list of sources, and Flickr, whilst there, was not so easy. This entire thing took about 2 minutes, start to end.
Sadly, these are my best pictures (from about 15,000). So as you can see, fotonauts needs photographers able to show it off at its best. Mine barely do so
Jean-Michel Jarre has – he claims – been resting. And during his rest he has started playing with fotonauts – as one of the very early beta testers.
fotonauts albums can already be posted in the wild via widget.
Here is a page from his “Concerts” Album – from his Paris concert in 2007.
And Barcelona 2008
As you can see below – the application gives him a direct means of communicating with his audience, and allows them to add their own photos from the concerts.
I am getting inundated with requests for more information about Jean-Marie Hullot’s new startup fotonauts. Mike Arrington has a post up on Techcrunch that speculates about the company.
Mike rightly states that I am going to play a role in the company, and also that there is, indeed, a company. The technical team is in Paris as Mike states. I will be remaining in Palo Alto.
Aside from that I cannot say anything at this point. The company will not be announcing any products for a few months. And we will not be pre-announcing what we are doing.
However …. it is awesome and exciting