IIIF + Digital Scholarship

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The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) develops and makes available a set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) – sets of routines, protocols, and tools to enable the interoperability of image repositories. Scholars can take advantage of these tools in their own scholarly work.

This session will cover the basics of using IIIF for digital scholarship. It will include a very basic introduction to IIIF, but some understanding of IIIF is helpful for full participation in the class.

The instructor will demonstrate a few tools for working with IIIF, such as Mirador and the Bodleian IIIF Manifest Editor, and will showcase a sampling of projects that have successfully integrated IIIF. These examples can serve as models for integrating IIIF into projects at your institution to support digital scholarship. The instructor will explain the power of IIIF URL parameters and how to take advantage of them to add flexible image presentations to your scholarship.

The session will begin with a lecture, but there will be the option of hands-on work in the second portion of the workshop, focused on building IIIF manifests and viewing them in Mirador. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions at the end of the session, and can come with specific cases in mind.

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 digital scholarship
Relate existing applications of IIIF to local user needs
Evaluate existing applications and platforms for IIIF compliance

Instructor: Dot Porter

As Curator of Digital Research Services in the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Dot Porter participates in a wide-ranging digital humanities research and development team within the context of a special collections department. Dot's projects focus on the digitization and visualization of medieval manuscripts.

Dot holds Master's degrees in Medieval Studies and Library Science and started her career working on image-based digital editions of medieval manuscripts. She has worked on a variety of digital humanities projects over a decade-long career, focusing on materials as diverse as ancient texts and Russian religious folklore, providing both technical support and scholarly expertise. From 2010 until March 2013, she was the Associate Director for Digital Library Content and Services at the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, where she led in planning and implementing new services to support librarians and faculty in the creation of digital projects. She has also worked for the Digital Humanities Observatory at the Royal Irish Academy, and the Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities at the University of Kentucky.

Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Archives; Museum; Special collections
This webinar is presented in Eastern time.

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