I was curious, after our readings, how often a file format comes around and reinvents itself, I.e. recent high quality animated .gifs.  in this case, I wonder if .gif will be re evaluated, since it now has unique features.  I am curious about this phenomenon and I know there are some real tech folks out ther… Kyle?  Does this change our perspective of the so called obsolete formats?  Is this unique?  I really don’t know.


3 responses to “animated

  1. The animated .gif issue is an interesting aside! I have noticed how this is now a trend/meme, and how newer users of the Internet refer to these as “gifs” [or “jiffs” – it’s a hard g]. When I call them “animated .gifs,” these people look at me strangely, because they don’t realize that what they are looking at or creating is a series of files displayed in rapid succession, creating the animation. This particular use and popularity does seem to have brought back the notion of the .gif, much maligned once the .jpeg showed up. Check out this article for more information: .

  2. While the .gif is certainly is an efficient file format to share funny pictures of cats or Jennifer Lawrence, its library uses are still minimal. There are many file formats which can capture moving images with a much higher frame rate than a gif. However I could see thumbnail sized gifs being used to represent moving images in a gallery view of a digital collection. This would be similar to the lower resolution thumbnail mentioned in the Bishoff article. One thing librarians need to mind keep in mind when using gifs or any moving image in a collection is that people with photosensitive epilepsy can have their condition aggravated by flashing images. Just as analog libraries are committed to arranging their physical collection in a way that all patrons have access digital libraries need to take similar measures, such posting epilepsy warnings.

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