Heritage Dot, Lincoln, 3&4 June

On the 3th-4th of June,  the University of Lincoln will be hosting the very first ‘Heritage Dot’ to explore digital possibilities within the Cultural Heritage sector.  The theme for 2019 is ‘Joining the Dots: Partnerships, Participation and Platforms’. Digirati will be participating in talks and workshops throughout the conference.  

Tom Crane, our Technology Director and editor of IIIF specifications, will be leading a workshop on IIIF and Web Annotations.  The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is seeing increasing adoption across the Cultural Heritage sector. This workshop is an introduction to the framework, with a practical focus on getting started with publishing objects and collections as IIIF. Tom will show how IIIF provides a model for digital objects and a shared annotation space for enrichment of those objects. He will look at the growing numbers of viewers, players and other tools that can be used to present IIIF resources and allow your visitors to interact with them.

Matt McGrattan, our Head of Digital Library Solutions and Co-Chair of the IIIF Discovery Technical Specification group, is dedicated to helping expose the world’s digital heritage resources for aggregation and cross-institution search.  He will be running a talk about developing platforms to host, enrich and deliver digitised content using open web standards.

Matt will walkthrough how Digirati built the Indigenous Digital Archive, Science in the Making and a Crowdsourcing Platform for Wales on a set of shared cloud services. These services support hosting digitised content; enriching it through natural language processing, machine learning, and human annotation workflows; and are delivered using the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) and the W3C Web Annotation Data Model. He will illustrate how these emerging open standards allow for new ways of interacting with digitised text and image resources, and how shared services open up these techniques for widespread use. 

We look forward to learning more of the key challenges and opportunities for researchers and practitioners in this space, and investigating how open standards and the development of generous interfaces can enable collection exploration both at scale and to tell engaging stories using individual objects.

More information on the conference and excellent programme the organisers have put together can be found here.