Since July 2010, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France has been delivering more than 1,400 book scans in the huge Wikimedia Commons archive.
Even without an official partnership, the Studio Harcourt, widely known for celebrities portraits and recognized by Roland Barthes among his Mythologies, has started to upload its material.
These are only the latest institutions that have chosen to distribute its assets without the restrictions of copyright.
The priceless collections of Bundesarchiv, the German Federal Archive, the Deutsche Fotothek and Tropenmuseum, further demonstrate a full understanding of the free sharing of knowledge.
Similarly, the Flickr Commons project no longer includes only North American universities and libraries.
Such initiatives not only offer a valuable contribution to the documentation of a global memory through some of the world’s most important websites, but also a free and immediate access to a boundless repository available to anyone engaging in media production.
Augmented Reality is no longer virtual: given the value and nature of that augmentation, it ought to be defined as hyper-mediated reality, something we are to some extent already accustomed to, in everyday passing through banners, posters and signs.
As wireless connections and mobile devices keep spreading, a new field of digital applications is expected to commit directly to the user the managing process of a selective, mainly visual, data stream. Several examples of eventual patterns of use have already been developed.
Along the years sci-fi movies presented a plenty of holographic and miniaturized display artifacts, gesture and voice commands that has earmarked to obsolecence not only traditional devices such as the mouse, but also touchscreens and wireless inputs.
It’s been a long time since research found actual realization in military equipment, in order to provide real time connections from headquarters and among the individual soldiers.
Now as in the past, the appointment to everyday life is made possible by the lowering of production costs, and by new crucial requirements such as:
- geotagging services
- an increasing semantic indexing of contents
- better, more tolerant, visual and vocal input recognition algorhitms