We have a large, shared file share containing photos. The idea is that everyone just shovel all the photos they take on there so they're available for later use in publicity material and so on. We have an issue with some parents, quite understandably, not wanting pictures of their children used in publicity. What's the best way to sort through photos to identify particular people? Just how well does the current crop of desktop photo management software work? I know everyone was ooh-ing and aaah-ing a few months ago over Picasa being able to recognise people's faces - is Picasa useable in any way on a shared file area? I know it didn't used to be, it created index / modification files that would get written over / locked by multiple users - has it changed at all? Just how good is its face recognition - if we give it the standard mug-shot pictures of all the pupils they have done at the start of term, will it reliably pick up all that pupil's pictures from there on?
Are there any other alternatives? Is there a library available that will allow me to write a script to do face recognition? Does Picasa have any kind of API that will let me see how it has organised or tagged files so I can see what it's tagged images with?