I want to public domain my RAW photo files

When I shoot pictures, like I did this week at the LIFT conference, my camera makes two copies: one in the RAW format and one in JPEG. Now, the ones that get uploaded to my Flickr account are the JPEGs. But lately I’ve been playing with my RAW files and seeing just how much better those are for doing post processing. It’s amazing how much tonal range you have access to there. Things that look too dark often can be “saved.” Or you can change the color. Or sharpen the images. In a way that’s far far higher quality and has far far more capabilities than if you try to mess with the JPEG images.

So, I’m wondering how to share with you my RAW files?

Why can’t I share them now? Well, for one, Flickr doesn’t allow uploading of RAW files. For two, these suckers are BIG. One RAW file is about 15 MB. For three, most software can’t display them (and RAW files aren’t always compatible between manufacturers either).

But I’m looking for a way to cheaply share my RAW files with you, because if I really want to say that I’ve put my work into the public domain I’ve got to give you access to my source files.

One idea is to use a P-2-P file sharing service like Wuala, which was one of the winners of the LIFT Venture Night competition. But I’m wondering if there’s another service out there that’d work better.

In case you missed my earlier post, all of my photos on Flickr are in the public domain. You may use them without crediting me or compensating me in any way for my work. That’s a gift to the Web from me and Fast Company magazine. Tomorrow I’ll be at CERN and I’ll make a bunch of high-quality images there that I’ll get up as part of my LIFT collection.

Is Dataportability.org just PR?

Flavio Rump, in this Qik video, asks something very interesting: is the DataPortability.org just PR? He’s been kicked off of several social networks for trying to import JUST NAMES into Facebook. Wants to know if any social network is actually changing its behavior when it comes to sharing data. He hasn’t seen any action yet and, in the video, we talk about a raft of dataportability issues. Interesting hallway conversations from LIFT in Geneva, Switzerland.

Qik kicks Yahoo's new video service

I’m so disappointed. Yahoo just turned on a live video service. It’s the top item on TechMeme. I thought I’d try it here at LIFT. But, I find some bad things:

1. The service doesn’t work. Says “Yahoo! Live is an experimental release. We’ve experienced heavy traffic and are taking a breather to tune things up a bit.”
2. It doesn’t work on cell phones like Qik does.
3. It doesn’t record live sessions.

This is the best that Yahoo can do?


Compare to Qik. Which lets me start a live video in two clicks on my Nokia phone. And interact with a live chat room.

Or to Ustream. Or Justin.tv. Or BlogTV. Or Stickcam. Or Flixwagon.

Speaking of Qik, I’ve put up a few videos from the LIFT conference up on my page. They also professionally recorded each session and those are now up on the LIFT08 speech page with more coming soon. I’ll give you a list of what I found interesting. My favorite session so far was of Eric Favre, inventor of the Nespresso machine, but the video game sessions this morning were very good too.