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Distributed Volunteerism: Restoring Katrina Photos

Via Digg, I read about this effort to restore family photos damaged by Hurricane Katrina:

In an effort to help the residents of Pass Christian, MS in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, photojournalist Becky Sell and photo editor Dave Ellis have embarked on a mission to recover the photos and memories that would be lost to the storm.

It’s a great idea. I could easily imagine 500 people fixing 10 photos each. That’s 5000 photos restored for free, and at nearly zero cost to the organization itself.

Judging by some comments on Digg, I’m guessing they’re going to need to build out a more robust volunteer infrastructure.