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Digital Shift Forum – Using IIIF for Digital Content

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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 II – Using IIIF for Digital Content

Wednesday 21 February 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 second in a series of events exploring IIIF use in cultural heritage and will feature two presentations.

The first talk will focus on the newly relaunched IIIF enabled website of explorer, writer, archaeologist, and colonial diplomat, Gertrude Bell (1868 – 1926) and her archive. The website contains a comprehensive and unique resource of newly digitised images of Bell’s photographs, letters and diary entries, presented alongside transcriptions and other contextual information. In 2017, the archive was added to UNESCO’s International Memory of the World register in recognition of its global significance as a heritage resource.

The second talk will explore using IIIF at scale and how it can facilitate digital infrastructure, highlight how it can enable researchers to use digital content, this includes FAIR and IIIF working together, and showcase dynamic applications of IIIF in documentation, examination and re-interpretation activities.



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