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A breathtaking way to interact with large sets of images

by Andre on 6 June 2007

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demonstrates some new technology for registering and interacting with images. Make sure you wait for the end: a three dimensional reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral constructed by a computer using people’s digital camera photos downloaded from Flickr.

I would love to see this technology adopted for scientific publication. His sample page from the Guardian was a great example of how it would work. Figures could be much richer and “supplementary” information (which is often important for a paper’s narrative but is left out because of space limitations) could be included where it makes the most sense.

Of course, this would mean different formatting for print and online versions, but journals like PLoS ONE might have the flexibility to implement it.

See more talks from TED here.

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