The Four Corners Project aims to increase the authorship and authority of the photographer by providing a template to add context to each of the four corners of a photograph.
This contextualization is intended to remain with the photograph as it is re-published and travels throughout the Internet, adding to the credibility of the image in an era in which the veracity of media is being constantly challenged.
Four Corners + #4cPlus
The principal behind Four Corners + is the achnowlegment of three stakeholders in every image: Photographer, Subject and Audience
The platform enables the photographer to frame the issue, the audience to engage directly with the issues and connect to the protagonists at the very moment they are most moved.
It turns broadcast journalism into a civic engagement tool.
Four Corners + works with people's existing patterns of behaviour, by leveraging their familiar trust networks (professional or/or social) for both active engagement and personalised viewing.
The Authograph Platform
Four Corners Plus is built on Authograph, a distributed platform for storing rich narratives and metadata about journalistic images.
Authograph provides journalists, photographers and publishers a way of contextualising their work for a richer reading experience. Additionally, Authograph encourages anyone to add additional metadata about an image.
Additional images, personal accounts, local information and technical information can all be added.
Critically, Authograph allows each reader to filter metadata preseented to them by which sources they trust.
On visiting a publishers site enabled with Authograph, additional metadata is available to view alongside photos.
This data is obtained from the Authograph network, and filtered using the readers trust settings.
Information on conflicting data, identity endorsements and organisations are displayed to contextualise any information.
The Authograph network consists of a network of providers, who readers trust to:
Authenticate an identity
Maintain metadata without altering it
Publish metadata on their behalf to Authograph
When new metadata is added, the timestamp and a hash of the metadata (e.g. the contents of a blog post, or pixels in an image) are stored alongside a link to the content. This allows a provider to detect if the metadata has changed and inform the reader.
Authograph stores all metadata in a distributed filestore, using a provenance based record similar to the technology behind Bit Coin.
This means single providers cannot manipulate data, and mulitple providers can store metadata about the same photograph.