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Feb. 3, 2014 8:15 am

11k Afro-American photos digitized for Getty Images by Project Gado

More than 11,000 images from the photo archive of the Afro-American newspaper in Baltimore are now hosted by Getty Images, a product of a partnership with the digitization startup Project Gado.

The Gado 2 digitization robot. Photo courtesy of Project Gado.

More than 11,000 images from the photo archive of the Afro-American newspaper in Baltimore are now hosted by Getty Images, a product of a partnership with the digitization startup Project Gado.

As Technical.ly Baltimore reported in September 2013, Getty joined forces with the Baltimore-based startup, which has been scanning and digitizing images inside the Afro archives since late 2011. The Gado robot automatically picks up and places photographs on a scanner inside the Afro archives, cutting down drastically on the time it takes to digitize photos by hand.

Right now the husband-wife team behind Project Gado — both of whom are graduates of the Johns Hopkins University — are in San Francisco overseeing the establishment of a Silicon Valley office for the startup.

Watch the Gado robot in action:

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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