Introduction to IIIF

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This session will cover the basics of IIIF technology and the current state of development on the specifications, as well as a number of use cases ranging from fun audience engagement tools to bleeding edge uses of the technology in interaction design.

IIIF is a community-driven set of technologies developed by world-leading research, national and state libraries, archives, museums, companies, and image repositories committed to providing access to high quality digitized resources. Currently, there are four primary IIIF specifications for flexible image delivery, presentation, authentication, and search-within functionality, with more specifications in draft form. Real world examples in this session will cover the possibilities unlocked by IIIF tools, from museum-like guided image annotation tours to crowd-sourcing examples and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

Explain the building blocks of IIIF to peers and colleagues
Demonstrate uses of IIIF for a variety of use cases
Relate existing applications of IIIF to local user needs
Evaluate existing applications and platforms for IIIF compliance


Josh Hadro is the Managing Director of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Consortium. In this role, Josh coordinates the growing activities of IIIF, manages the business affairs of the IIIF Consortium, and cultivates a broader, stronger and more diverse network of IIIF contributors and beneficiaries. Previously, Hadro worked at The New York Public Library in various roles, including , where he served as the Associate Director for Digital Policy, and as the Deputy Director for NYPL Labs before that, where he managed a staff of 21 and helped oversee their operations from digitization to innovative dissemination of digital assets. Prior to that, Josh served as the Executive Editor at Library Journal.

Academic library: 2 year; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Archives; Government library; Historical society / site; Museum; Special collections; Special library; State library and/or archives agency
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