Blue Marble Pics Gallery

This album is a sampling of photographs of people who have received blue marbles, as well as an experiment.*

We are so grateful to have met technologist Margaret Warren at DWeb Camp 2019. Margaret took the time to teach us how to use ImageSnippets, a Linked Data Annotation System to add metadata and create alt-text descriptions of photos. We’ve been slowly migrating Blue Marble images and information from our social media platforms, and taking the time to record the provenance information behind their creation.

Click on The Blue Marbles Project images below to see an ImageSnippets shared file with details and the story behind the photos. Click to flip each image for metadata and then view the triples to explore linked data.

Web Gallery
Drummer Akira Tana receives one blue marble. Playwright Andrew Saito perches on the edge of a  couch in the Internet Archive's common space. He flashes a big smile, while balancing one blue marble between the tips of his index and middle finger. A Tibetan nun with her Blue Marble The Blue Marbles Project: Alpha Delta Kappa Phi Upsilon (2018) Naomi has a one blue marble thank you for First Lady of San Francisco Anita Lee.
The Blue Marbles Project: April Chu & Moon Vang (2015) The Blue Marbles Project: Amy Logan (2016) The Blue Marbles Project: Jean-Michel Cousteau (2013) The Blue Marbles Project: Joanie Juster (2016) The Blue Marbles Project: Scott Kim & Dave Merrill (2012)
In the hallway, outside the Rooftop computer lab, two children zipped into oversized diving suits pretend play with a stand up painted sparkly blue ocean wave. A young girl in a red and black wetsuit balances one blue marble on her thumb as she make a heart with her hands. Her friend is splayed out on the floor, dressed in a blue and black wetsuit, dives into the pretend ocean. One blue marble for Joe Mac, Easter bonnet designer mastermind extraordinaire! The Blue Marbles Project: Michael Warr (2012) The Blue Marbles Project: Joan Jonas (2019) Artist Aaron Kai receives one blue marble.
The Blue Marbles Project: Jacques Pepin (2014) The Blue Marbles Project: James Ehrlich (2014) The Blue Marbles Project: Christopher Burch (2012) Jake Heggie, composer of opera, vocal, orchestral, and chamber music, receives one blue marble. The Blue Marbles Project: Edison Saranga (2018)
The Blue Marbles Project: Eric Mar (2011) The Blue Marbles Project: Hugh Jackman (2011) The Blue Marbles Project: Ian Hamilton (2013) Dr. Michael Savarese, Professor at The Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University, receives his firsst blue marble with a fantastic infectious smile. The wide-eyed baby, dressed in a soft gray cotton shirt and pants, holds the luminescent blue marble in the palm of his tiny hands.
The Blue Marbles Project: Farmer Al Courchesne (2012) Poet and environmental activist Homero Aridjis holds one blue marble in his left hand and his book, The Child Poet in his right hand, inside the Green Apple bookstore near Golden Gate Park. Comedian and television host Hasan Minhaj receives one blue marble. The Blue Marbles Project: Hinewirangi Kohl-Morgan (2019) American director and producer Grace Lee receives one blue marble after the CAAMFest screening of American Revolutionary at the Castro Theater.
The Blue Marbles Project: Rooftop Art Committee (2010) Marine ecologist Sarah Codde receives one blue marble. The Blue Marbles Project: Greg Niemeyer (2021) The Blue Marbles Project: Skylaer Palacio (2021) Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist Grace Lee Boggs at the CAAMFest screening of Grace Lee's film, "American Revolutionary"
The Blue Marbles Project: Gene Luen Yang (2014) The Blue Marbles Project: Suzie Lindsay, The Bubble Lady (2016) The Blue Marbles Project: The Rooftop Art Committee (2010) The Blue Marbles Project: Gabby Miller (2012) The Blue Marbles Project: Tua Pittman (2018)
The Blue Marbles Project: Francois Delaroziere (2015) The Blue Marbles Project: will.i.am (2011) The Blue Marbles Project: Frederica von Stade (2018) Yisi & Josh speed racing with one blue marble at DWeb Camp The Blue Marbles Project: Actor Eric Johnston aka Batman, sidekick to Batkid (2019)
The Blue Marbles Project: Willie Brown (2013) The Blue Marbles Project: Erica Chong Shuch (2013) The Blue Marbles Project: Eryn Kimura (2014) The Blue Marbles Project: William Maynez (2016) Wes Boyd, founder of Move On, receives one blue marble.
Aquanaut Fabien Cousteau receives one blue marble. Wendy Hanamura with one blue marble and Ms. Whitcomb’s 4th grade classroom art project inspired by “Island of the Blue Dolphins.” Artist/author/performer Faith Ringgold receives one Blue Marble. Landscape and public artist Walter Hood receives one blue marble. The Blue Marbles Project: Fei-Fei Li (2016)
The Blue Marbles Project: Aquaman & Atlanna (2017) The Blue Marbles Project: Walter Munk (2018) The Blue Marbles Project: Eric Booth (2012) The Blue Marbles Project: Vida Blue (2016) Author/illustrator Ella has a one blue marble thank you for author/illustrator Faith Ringgold.
The Blue Marbles Project: Victor Yan (2011) Astronaut Yvonne Cagle receives one blue marble. The Blue Marbles Project: Van-Anh Vo (2019) Dr. Stuart Brown, the founder of the National Institute for Play, receives one blue marble. Artist Tomoko Lipp smiles as she holds her blue marble before a colorful tree made of paper roses.
Andi Wong points at one blue marble held between the fingertips of actor David Newell. aka Mr. McFeely on Mr Roger's Neighborhood. David is seated with a signed photo of his beloved character, the friendly mailman known for his speedy and cheerful delivery of the mail. Dancer and choreographer Travis Clausen-Knight receives one blue marble. A smiling Dr. Dawn Wright, chief scientist of Esri, receives one blue marble after her presentation at the Women In Science Summit at the California Academy of Sciences. The Blue Marbles Project: Tristan Harris (2018) The Blue Marbles Project: Dee Dee Halleck and Mother Earth (2015)
The Blue Marbles Project: Ussif Rashid Sumaila (2016) Tonko House co-founder animator Dice Tsutsumi received one blue marble at the Cartoon Art Museum. The Blue Marbles Project: Therese Gramercy (2012) Chinatown researcher Dorothy G.C. Quock, aka Polkadot, receives one blue marble. Director Thomas Kail receives one blue marble.
David Harrington, violinist and founder of the Kronos Quartet, receives one blue marble. Aquatic Biologist Tim Wong receives one blue marble at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens The Blue Marbles Project: David Gruber (2019) The Blue Marbles Project: Tom Sweeney (2011) The Blue Marbles Project: Dave Lane (2015)
The Blue Marbles Project: The Lion King Cubs (2013) Author Dave Eggars & illustrator Shawn Harris receive one blue marble. The Blue Marbles Project: The Kids of Les Mis (2012) Darryl Smith, Artistic Director of the Luggage Store, receives one blue marble in the Tenderloin National Forest. The Blue Marbles Project: The Dynamic Ms. Faye Carol (2011)
The Blue Marbles Project: Darren Johnston (2012) The Blue Marbles Project: The Freeze at TEDxSFED (2011) Dan Sudran, founder of Mission Science Workshop, receives one blue marble. Terry Kochanski, Executive Director of SCRAP, peers into one blue marble, received at the Randall Museum, during the exhibition "RePurposeful, The Art of Collage and Assemblage." Cynthia Lin, YouTube ukulele sensation and creator of the #100DaysofUkuleleSongs project, receives one blue marble.
The Blue Marbles Project: Constance Hockaday (2016) Geophysicist and marine geologist Tanya Atwater receives one blue marble at Mission Science Workshop. Pioneer of information technology Ted Nelson examines one blue marble prior to his conversation at the Decentralized Web Summit 2018 at the Old Mint. AIDS and LGBT Activist Cleve Jones receives one blue marble at Quilt in the Castro. Ocean explorer Emi has a one blue marble thank you for ocean explorer Sylvia Earle.
Children The Blue Marbles Project: Steve D. Porter (2018) The Blue Marbles Project: Chris Hadfield (2014) Shimon Schwarzschild, founder of Action for Nature receives one blue marble. Filmmaker Steve Agnos receives one blue marble.
Sea turtle lover Elisa has a one blue marble thank you for sea turtle protector Dr. Chris Pincetech. The Blue Marbles Project: Charlotte Vick (2021) Explorer, mountaineer, social entrepreneur and technologist Silvia Vasquez-Lavado receives one blue marble. The Blue Marbles Project: Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikatani (2013) Marine scientist, science communicator and entrepreneur Sly Lee receives one blue marble.
The Blue Marbles Project: Carole Shorenstein Hays (2015) Casey Dexter-Lee a ranger at Angel Island holds a blue marble. Film Director and animator Ronnie del Carmen receives one blue marble at the Cartoon Art Museum. Robbie Bond, founder of Kids Speak for Parks, receives one blue marble. Carol Jones of Roots of Motive Power, wearing a bright blue ball cap, light blue shirt and down vest, holds one blue marble in her right hand, and a Roots brochure in her left hand, at SF Center for the Books annual Steamroller Printing Festival, Roadworks 2022.
The Blue Marbles Project: Richard O. Prum (2018) The Blue Marbles Project: Carmen Lomas Garza (2011) Actress, teacher, singer, and writer Rhodessa Jones receives one blue marble. The Blue Marbles Project: Recology (2019) Pacific Voyaging Society crewmember Billy Richards receives one blue marble.
Blue Marbles for actor Bill Irwin and soprano Heidi Stober film director, screenwriter, producer and voice actor based at Pixar, receives one blue marble at the Castro Theatre. The Blue Marbles Project: Amara Tabor-Smith (2013) The Blue Marbles Project: Rasmus & Atte (2018) Artist Brian Singer (aka someguy) receives two blue marbles in his studio.
The Blue Marbles Project: Rebeca Mauleón (2013) Technologist, author and public domain advocate Carl Malamud receives one blue marble. Composer Bright Sheng receives one blue marble at the Asian Art Museum. Peter Lord of Aardman Animations receives one blue marble. The Blue Marbles Project: Cameron House
The Blue Marbles Project: Paul McManus (2016) Betty Reid Soskin wearing a hat and glasses and holding a blue marble The Blue Marbles Project: Peter Coyote (2013) The Blue Marbles Project: Beth Grossman (2013) Environmental artist and sculptor Ned Kahn receives one blue marble
The Blue Marbles Project: Norma Diana Rodriguez (2012) Bryan Gerhart receives one blue marble at Fishhackathon 2016. Phil Gregory, Of Counsel for Our Children The Blue Marbles Project: Benjamin Kreith (2021) The Blue Marbles Project: Nuala Creed (2022)
The Blue Marbles Project: Ben, Elyssa & Malcolm at BLUEMIND I Artist Olafur Eliasson receives one blue marble. Ben Davis, founder, President & CEO of Illuminate, receives one blue marble. Aza Raskin, co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, and Earth Species Project, receives one blue marble. Iditarod Musher Oswald "Newton" Marshall wearing a fur-lined camp and light gray down parka, hold up one blue marble against
The Blue Marbles Project: Nancy Mayeda (2011) The Blue Marbles Project: Atsuka Ohsawa (2016) 8 year old Nate Butkus, host of podcast “The Show about Science” stands in front of a photo mural depicting the melting of the vast icy blue glaciers in Greenland due to climate change. The Blue Marbles Project: Ashley Wolff (2013) The artful crafter Monica Lee receives one blue marble at Ruth
The Blue Marbles Project: Nancy DeStefanis (2023) The Blue Marbles Project: ArtsEdMatters (2014) The Blue Marbles Project: Annie Frankel (2016) The Blue Marbles Project: Milton Chen (2011) Anna Waldman-Brown, director and co-founder of the Practical Education Network, receives one blue marble.
Sailor and Ocean advocate Michael Reppy receives one blue marble. The Blue Marbles Project: Amelia Winger-Bearskin (2022) The Blue Marbles Project: Michael Swaine (2013) Amber Hasselbring, Executive Director of Nature in the City receives one blue marble. Artist Jane Kim receives one blue marble.
The Blue Marbles Project: Meklit Hadero & Lulu Lucero (2012) The Blue Marbles Project: Janice Dawe (2016) Julia Olson, Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel for Our Children The Blue Marbles Project: Mark Lloyd (2017) The Blue Marbles Project: John Santos (2017)
The Blue Marbles Project: Mary T. Crowley (2021) The Blue Marbles Project: Jon Jang (2011) Karen Kai and Dr. Anthony Brown of Fifth Stream Music receive a blue marble thank you. First Voice founders Mark Izu & Brenda Wong receive one blue marble. The Blue Marbles Project: Jonah Lehrer (2012)
Comedian/actress Margaret Cho receives one blue marble on the corner of Haight and Ashbury. The Blue Marbles Project: Jonathan Knowles (2012) The Blue Marbles Project: Jonathan Knowles (2014) Composer/bassist Marcus Shelby receives one blue marble on the set of the African American Shakepeare Company's 2011 production of Twelfth Night. The Blue Marbles Project: Juan Carlos Guerrero (2023)
The Blue Marbles Project: Marc Shaiman (2018) The Blue Marbles Project: Kim Nalley, Angela Davis and Gina Dent (2019) The Blue Marbles Project: Makasa Looking Horse (2022) Artists Judith and Richard Lang receive their blue marbles in the Great Room of the Internet Archive. The Blue Marbles Project: Mads Tolling (2019)
The Blue Marbles Project: Karen Strauss & Ruth Borenstein (2021) The Blue Marbles Project: Kristen McDonnell (2017) 

Lenora

Lee
Lenora Lee
Dancer and Choreographer Lenora Lee receives one blue marble after a performance of ?Beneath the Surface.? The Blue Marbles Project: Made In Space (2014) The Blue Marbles Project: Julia Marshall (2011)
The Blue Marbles Project: Leon Sun (2023) Before the race, four-time Iditarod Champ Lance Mackey, wearing in a fur-lined black parka and a black baseball cap, holds the Blue Marble in his left hand, while shaking hands with David Johnson, founder of the Mat-Su Carbon Crew who is wearing a white t-shirt printed with “What is Your Carbon Footprint?” printed in fluorescent lime green. The Blue Marbles Project: Karen Wilder (2018) The Blue Marbles Project: Leon C. Outlaw, Jr. (2014) The Blue Marbles Project: Linda Ronstadt, Jewelle Gomez, Eugenie Chan (2011)
Vocalist Kenny Washington receives one blue marble. Lisa Babbitt of Love Never Fails receives one blue marble. The Blue Marbles Project: Leon Goertzen and Lily Tung Crystal (2018) The Blue Marbles Project: Lita Albuquerque (2014) Lou Seal, the mascot of the San Francisco Giants receives one blue marble.

* When we began playing the Blue Game” with Dr. Wallace J. Nichols in 2010, social media sites seemed to be a fun and playful way to share news and information. However, by 2016, concerns were growing about the negative impacts of social media on society. In 2020, Instagram’s complete lack of responsiveness to our report of a cloned account left us wondering if there might be a good way to preserve a record of our Blue Marble adventures, outside of social media. In 2022, the advent of text-to-image models using image generation systems like OpenAI’s DALL-E and Stable Diffusion, has created even more questions and concerns about creating safeguards in a world where realistic images and deep fakes can be swiftly fabricated with the rapidly developing technologies.

ImageSnippets goal is to build a persistent resource that establishes provenance and preserves the historical content and context of images in a way that cannot be easily manipulated and also in a way (through the RDF syntax) that can be read many, many, many years into the future (assuming an internet/web continues to persist). RDF has become a standard – like HTML and will likely be read by semantically aware devices for years.