2018 IIIF Conference, 21-25 May, Washington, DC

The 2018 International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Conference will be held on 21-25 May in Washington, DC, co-hosted by the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Embraced by a growing number of the world’s leading research and cultural heritage organisations, IIIF provides an open framework for organizations to publish their image-based resources, to be viewed, cited, annotated and compared by any compatible image-viewing application.

This event will be valuable for cultural heritage, STEM institutions, repository and collection managers, software engineers; or for anyone engaged with image-based and soon A/V resources on the Web. If you have not been involved with IIIF in the past this is an opportunity to quickly get up to speed and understand the community and its benefits.

Digirati are proud to announce that we are sponsors of the event and that Tom Crane, our Technical Director, and Matt McGrattan, our Head of Digital Library Solutions, will be speaking at the event.

Matt will introduce the audience to the Science in the Making website which allows for the first time to let the public to access the Royal Society’s rich archive of material surrounding the history of scientific research and publication including first drafts and manuscripts, referees reports, correspondence, original illustrations and photographs and how was all opened up through IIIF, web annotations and generous interfaces.

Matt will also be in a roundtable discussing the IIIF Content Search API and leading the IIF and Annotations workshop to demonstrate how to create annotations and in particular how to setup an annotation store. Annotations are an exciting part of IIIF and allow things like transcriptions, OCR and crowdsourcing data to be displayed alongside images.

Tom together with Ed Silverton will showcase how people are using the Universal Viewer which makes for simple, consistent presentation and sharing of digitised books, artworks, archives, audio, video and 3D objects.

Tom will also be giving an update on the IIIF A/V Technical Specification. The IIIF A/V Technical Specification is working on the technical specifications that enable interoperability of access to audio and video content following the same design principles as existing IIIF specifications.