Online ”modern Domesday Book” receives millionth submission for UK photo archive

December 27th, 2008 - 5:13 pm ICT by ANI  

London, December 27 (ANI): An online project aimed at creating a modern day Domesday Book with the pictures of every square mile of the British Isles is progressing well, with the website receiving its millionth submission.
The been receiving 1,000 pictures a day from a host of amateur photographers.
Those visiting the site can browse dozens of photos of local landmarks, unless they live in the most remote regions of Scotland or Ireland where coverage is limited.
Most of the images are of village churches and country views.
However, there are also some pictures of urban railway stations, tower blocks, underpasses, and derelict warehouses.
Three geography enthusiasts began this unique online project in February 2005, and this has now built up a large following in Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
The website mainly draws the attention of the people wishing to search for pictures of their ancestors” hometowns.
Many schools are also using it as an educational resource.
“We never expected it to be quite as successful as it was, and figured give it a year and if we could get 70 pictures a day, it would be worth continuing that happened within a few weeks,” the Telegraph quoted Paul Dixon, the web developer who founded the site with Gary Rogers and Barry Hunter, as saying.
“The three of us have always had a very long view of it, and feel its true worth might not be apparent until the next century and beyond. We want to ensure it is freely available for ever.
“The aim was to create something educationally useful, but which might also serve as a sort of modern day Domesday Book,” he added.
Over 91,000 of the 129,000 square miles of the British Isles have been photographed, many of them hundreds of times, but amateur photographers are still being encouraged to take part. (ANI)

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