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Making the most of digitized manuscripts: IIIF and the Digital Manuscripts Toolkit


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Slides from May 27's BDLSS/Centre for Digital Scholarship IIIF workshop. Additional notes at

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Making the most of digitized manuscripts: IIIF and the Digital Manuscripts Toolkit

  1. 1. Making the most of digitized manuscripts: a free IIIF workshop Emma Stanford, Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services @emmastanfordx @bdlss
  2. 2. Agenda • Introduction to IIIF • Survey of IIIF tools and implementations • The Digital Manuscripts Toolkit • Questions? • Hands-on: working with IIIF manifests in Mirador
  3. 3. = International Image Interoperability Framework (a community of libraries and cultural heritage institutions contributing to shared software and application programming interfaces in order to expose interoperable content)
  4. 4. Why?
  5. 5. “Image delivery is… …too hard …too slow …too expensive …too disjointed …too ugly” - Tom Cramer, June 2015
  6. 6. The old model: • no widely accepted standards for images and metadata • no COPAC for digitized materials • each library builds its own image-viewing platform(s)
  7. 7. What should look like this…, CC BY-SA
  8. 8. …looks like this Tom Cramer, June 2015
  9. 9. Randy Stern, May 2016 (and sometimes it looks like this)
  10. 10. How do we make digital image delivery… cheaper and easier for libraries? more consistent and user-friendly for researchers? extensible and interoperable? something better, rather than something worse?
  11. 11. The goals of IIIF: • To give scholars an unprecedented level of uniform and rich access to image- based resources hosted around the world. • To define a set of common application programming interfaces that support interoperability between image repositories. • To develop, cultivate and document shared technologies, such as image servers and web clients, that provide a world-class user experience in viewing, comparing, manipulating and annotating images. source:
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  13. 13. How do we make this happen?
  14. 14. IIIF Image API source: • allows you to request or embed an image from any IIIF-compliant image service • requests can specify a particular region of an image in a particular resolution, orientation, colour or file type
  15. 15. IIIF Presentation API • “just enough” metadata to view images remotely • JSON-LD format
  16. 16. Image viewing software • collaborative • customizable • open-source
  17. 17. Mirador
  18. 18. Universal Viewer
  19. 19. The IIIF community • 60+ institutions, including the Bodleian, the British Library, the Wellcome Trust, the Vatican Library, Europeana, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Stanford University, Harvard University, Qatar National Library, etc., etc. • building IIIF-compatible collections, software and tools
  20. 20. So…what can you do?
  21. 21. 1. Reconstruct fragments & broken books Digital Mushaf Bodleian Libraries, BnF, Chester Beatty Library, Herzog August Bibliothek
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  23. 23. Virtual manuscript reconstruction Biblissima 1. Reconstruct fragments & broken books
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  25. 25. 2. Compare and search across items Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe (a collaboration between Johns Hopkins University, the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at UCL, and the Princeton University Library)
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  28. 28. 2. Compare and search across items Welsh Newspapers Online National Library of Wales
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  34. 34. 3. Build and annotate image collections Frick Digital Collections
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  36. 36. 4. Play
  37. 37. What can’t you do (easily, yet)? • search across different institutions’ collections • create your own manifests • build new IIIF image and manifest services without considerable technical expertise
  38. 38. The Digital Manuscripts Toolkit • supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation • designed to help researchers who want to use IIIF but may not have institutional technical support • three tools…
  39. 39. 1. Authoring manifests mockup by Monica Messaggi Kaya
  40. 40. • in-browser drag-and-drop tool to build new manifests out of existing image sequences • designed in collaboration with text & bytes • testing period for beta release: August 2016
  41. 41. 2. Converting metadata • command-line tool • enables conversion of existing metadata (TEI, METS etc.) to IIIF manifest format
  42. 42. 3. Converting images • command-line tool and code package for creating IIIF image endpoints
  43. 43. Get involved • testing and feedback period for new tools in August, plus additional testing and feedback sessions in Michaelmas and Hilary terms • •, @emmastanfordx, @bdlss
  44. 44. Exercises and links doc: @emmastanfordx @bdlss