Aaaand I just realized we need to figure out logistics of finished products being returned to the owners. Do we have local volunteers to print the stuff? we'll need someone to supply consumables (paper and ink), we'll need some kind of standard for prints, and of course we'll need shipping.
I was hoping to avoid monetary involvement, but that's probably gonna be impossible.
for all the file/revision history couldn't you just use basecamp or any of the other free opensource project collaboration apps?
A reTouch Of Class
I second this. There are many different types of opensource projects already available to do all the versioning and checkout stuff we're looking for. We just need to implement one of them.
I like the sound of that one.
Photo Restoration Project.
If anyone wants to take a shot at retouching it, have at it. It can be used in a public album showcasing the volunteer team's abilities if so desired.