RLUK, as part of its Digital Shift Forum series, is holding a number of events exploring the use of IIIF across the GLAM sector and how it can enable users to re-use and research unique digital content within special collections, galleries, archives, and museums.

These events are free to attend and open to all, and will be of interest to colleagues working in GLAM institutions that are new to or are already implementing IIIF for their collections.

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.

About IIIF 

The IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) standard has been adopted around the world by cultural heritage organisations. IIIF’s potential to support the dissemination of born digital and digitised heritage images for research and engagement was the focus of one of the TaNC (Towards a National Collection) –  a major five-year £18.9 million investment in the UK’s world-renowned museums, archives, libraries and galleries – foundation projects, Practical applications of IIIF as a building block towards a digital National Collection. RLUK members have been involved in IIIF since its formation. However, adoption is not uniform across our members and the wider GLAM sector.

The barriers to implementing IIIF can seem immense and understanding of benefits limited to technical members of our community.

These sessions will provide a great introduction for those with no/low prior knowledge of IIIF but will also be a valuable refresher for those already using IIIF, and they aim to:

  • Increase understanding of IIIF
  • Explore opportunities to use IIIF in a wide range of collections
  • Showcase examples of low infrastructure IIIF implementations across the GLAM sector
  • Demonstrate best practices

Previous events

Exploring International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) in Cultural Heritage – January 2024

This event held in January 2024 gave an accessible introduction to IIIF highlighting its functionality, APIs, opportunities, tools and the wider IIIF community, followed by a demonstration of IIIF in action using free tools that anyone can access. Presentations were given by Alison Harvey (Cardiff University Special Collections and Archives) and Glen Robson (IIIF Consortium). Resources demonstrated during this event are listed here.

Upcoming events

Using IIIF for Digital Content – February 2024

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)

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.

IIIF Knowledge Cafe – March 2024

Wednesday 6 March 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)

We invite you to join us at the virtual IIIF Knowledge Cafe, an event that will bring together colleagues from across the GLAM sector for peer-to-peer sharing of ideas, experiences, best practice, and collaborative learning.

This is an excellent opportunity to connect with and gain practical insights from those who are either at the start or already implementing IIIF for their collections. You will also find out more about IIIF tools, resources and community spaces that can help you and your organisation.