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Digital Shift Forum – Exploring International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) in Cultural Heritage

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RLUK’s Digital Shift Forum brings together colleagues from across the information, research, cultural and heritage communities, and third and commercial sectors, to discuss the future of the digital shift in collections, services, and audiences.

The series aims to promote cross-sector discussion and debate, to enable knowledge exchange, and inspire collaborative endeavour across sectors and communities, for the benefit of RLUK members and the wider research and information management communities.

The Digital Shift Forum is open to all, and you do not need to belong to an RLUK member institution to attend or participate.

Digital GLAM I – Exploring International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) in Cultural Heritage

Wednesday 17 January 2024, 14:00 – 15:00 (GMT), 15:00 – 16:00 (CET), 16:00 – 17:00 (EET/SAST), 09:00 – 10:00 (EST), 22:00 – 23:00 (AWST/CST)

The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a set of open standards for delivering high-quality, attributed digital objects online at scale. It’s also an international community developing and implementing the IIIF APIs. This session is the first in a series of events exploring and showcasing IIIF in cultural heritage. It will begin with an accessible introduction to IIIF highlighting its functionality, APIs, opportunities, tools and the wider IIIF community. It will be followed by a demonstration of IIIF in action using free tools that anyone can access.

Alison Harvey is based in Cardiff University Special Collections and Archives, where she’s responsible for managing digitisation workflows, and supporting teaching in digital humanities and visual culture. She’s recently completed an RLUK/AHRC-funded fellowship that reviewed free, low infrastructure tools for creating and re-using IIIF images for digital archives and exhibitions.

Glen Robson works for the IIIF Consortium as the IIIF Technical Coordinator giving training and assisting the community to implement IIIF. Before this he spent 13 years working at the National Library of Wales (NLW), latterly as the Head of Systems. Glen started working with the IIIF standard in 2013 and implemented the IIIF standards within the library on its Newspaper, Photograph, Archive, Map and Crowdsourcing Systems.


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