Can anyone provide pointers for setting up a robust digital image archive on the cheap?
I’ve been trying for the past few months (on and off during my highly limited free time) to figure out a new gallery/hosting solution for PlaGMaDA
that will allow us to have a more professional looking site that is also (and this part is critical) easier to add content to and update. The current setup is using software that requires image uploads on an image by image basis and is running on a seven year old PHP/SQL stack with a hosting situation that doesn’t allow us to use archive-standard images due to extremely limited storage.
In the pleasant brightness of the future, we hope to have the archive integrated with an archival database using Omeka with plenty of storage and (somehow) at a very low cost as our resources are limited.
But we’re not in any shape for that now, and the reality is that we’ll need to have an intermediate web presence that allows for the increased storage needs anticipated with archive-standard images, but is just going to make them available to be seen as a gallery. I’m trying to figure out this intermediate setup and I’m at a loss. I’m an IT guy, but my expertise is as a sysadmin and I make back end systems work. I haven’t done web stuff in any serious way since the time when hand coded HTML was the professional standard. I’m not at all educated on how is webby made these days and everything I look at seems like a precarious stack of rube goldbergian trainwreck waiting to happen.
What I was hoping to do is get PlaGMaDA set up with its own google account and use drive as the storage vehicle for our images, and then just have those pulled into gallery templates from a blogging or web hosting service that provides front end services. That doesn’t seem to be offered yet anywhere, at least not in a way I can easily build myself. I’m considering flickr now, as they also provide a enough free storage to suit our needs, and perhaps that’ll work more smoothly.
If I got everything I ever wanted, we’d be able to find an omeka solution that integrates the archives db from omeka with something like flickr or google drive, but I’m not holding my breath for that quite yet. For now, it’d be enough to be able to set up a gallery system that looks good and pulls from a cloud provider that I can do batch uploads to. I’d love to see a setup that resembles my target, but even getting some pointers on where to go to build something stable would be great.