Digital photo and video archiving software

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Digital archiving
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We are looking into a way to store, tag, and preserve our photos digitally.
There are a number of people who must access these photos and need the capability to get both low-res (for most purposes) and high res photos.  We also need a way to easily go through the pictures and find specific photos based on a number of criteria.
We also want our teachers (this is a K-12 school) to be able to store pictures and tag/identify events and people in the pictures.
Two different methods that we are looking into are purchasing a network drive and then software to deal with the archiving and categorizing of the pictures.
The issues we see is that we still have to maintain a backup.
  • No way to ensure the photos survive in the event of someone stealing the hardware or a fire.
  • Difficult to access photos off campus.
  • Software needs to work for both Mac & PC Users and be adaptable to the future requirements of photos.
A second option we are looking into is a cloud computing option such as Flickr's pro-account.
We still have to think about how to back up the information, since most of them don't seem to insure backup.
Security is also more of a concern. We wouldn't want just anyone to be able to access these pictures.
Our Art Department also wants to create an archive of student art work.
My question is about whether anyone has found a successful way to digitally archiving and categorizing pictures.

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