SEBIA - Simple Event-Based Image Archive

Simple and future-proof image archive [BETA]

What is SEBIA?

SEBIA is a *very* simple image archive. It consists of couple of Python-scripts, XSL-transformations and very few lines of Javascript. The end result is a locally browseable HTML site with three views: by directories, by time and by events.

Organisation of images

I have always found that using directories for managing images is troublesome since same image could belong several "categories". Nevertheless, using directories is fast and simple way to organise images. Therefore SEBIA allows browsing also by directory bases.

Besides directory structure, SEBIA allows organising images by events. Event can be almost anything from holidays and birthdays to sunsets and renovations of apartment.

Design

SEBIA tries to solve two problems: First, how to organise thousands of digital photographs sensible way, and secondly, how to preserve that organisation for future.

SEBIA's answer for the first problem is an event-based approach. Event can be almost anything from holidays and birthdays to sunsets and renovations of apartment. In SEBIA, the event is a holder for photo sessions, which actually holds the time information.

SEBIA's answer to the second problem is using XML as a database format. The data is stored plain XML files and the transformation to browseable siten is done with XSL in modern XSLT-enabled browsers. This structure guarantees that the data is always accessible and re-usable in future.

Should I try/use SEBIA?

SEBIA is a command line tool and is currently tested only on Linux. So if you are not afraid of CLI, you know little bit of XML, you use Linux and you are interested of preserving your photographs, SEBIA might be a right tool for you!

Recent Updates

[05/09/2013] Beta 2.1 release.

[03/09/2013] Beta 2 release.

[20/08/2013] First beta release.