Title

Benefits of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Featuring Medieval Palimpsest Manuscripts

Location

Rotunda / Garden of the Sea

Session Type

Poster

Start Date

2-5-2017 2:45 PM

End Date

2-5-2017 3:25 PM

Keywords

IIIF, Interoperability, Manuscripts, Research, Functionality, Community, APIs, Software, Images, Annotation

Abstract

The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a community that develops shared application programming interfaces (APIs), or technical standards, for interoperability between digital image repositories. The IIIF specifications aim to give scholars an unprecedented level of uniform and rich access to image-based resources hosted around the world, with partners from national and state libraries, research institutions, museums, archives, software firms, and other groups working with digital image repositories and resources. The IIIF has grown from the community and relies on active participation and discussion to develop, cultivate and document shared technologies, such as image servers and web clients, that provide an exceptional user experience in viewing, comparing, manipulating and annotating images.

Cultural heritage institutions are increasingly adopting the IIIF standards to both improve the ease of maintenance for their repositories and meet the needs of end users. With IIIF-compliant resources, researchers can compare images from different repositories in the same viewer, create annotations, search within annotations, easily cite, share, embed, manipulate, and interact with digital surrogates in new ways. The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has been working with IIIF for over a year to meet the needs of the Sinai Palimpsests Project, an initiative to digitize 74 manuscripts using spectral imaging, with the goal of providing manuscript scholars with enriched access to these enhanced images for primary research.

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May 2nd, 2:45 PM May 2nd, 3:25 PM

Benefits of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Featuring Medieval Palimpsest Manuscripts

Rotunda / Garden of the Sea

The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a community that develops shared application programming interfaces (APIs), or technical standards, for interoperability between digital image repositories. The IIIF specifications aim to give scholars an unprecedented level of uniform and rich access to image-based resources hosted around the world, with partners from national and state libraries, research institutions, museums, archives, software firms, and other groups working with digital image repositories and resources. The IIIF has grown from the community and relies on active participation and discussion to develop, cultivate and document shared technologies, such as image servers and web clients, that provide an exceptional user experience in viewing, comparing, manipulating and annotating images.

Cultural heritage institutions are increasingly adopting the IIIF standards to both improve the ease of maintenance for their repositories and meet the needs of end users. With IIIF-compliant resources, researchers can compare images from different repositories in the same viewer, create annotations, search within annotations, easily cite, share, embed, manipulate, and interact with digital surrogates in new ways. The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has been working with IIIF for over a year to meet the needs of the Sinai Palimpsests Project, an initiative to digitize 74 manuscripts using spectral imaging, with the goal of providing manuscript scholars with enriched access to these enhanced images for primary research.