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The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) 2017 Conference in The Vatican is intended for a wide range of participants and interested parties, including digital image repository managers, content curators, software developers, scholars, and administrators at libraries, museums, cultural heritage institutions, software firms, and other organizations working with digital images and audio/visual materials. The conference will consist of two events with separate registration:

All proceedings will be in English. 

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Thursday, June 8 • 11:00am - 11:30am
PRESENTATION: TextLab 2.0 and Editing Revision: Upgrading to IIIF (Room 3) FULL

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TextLab is a TEI-compliant tool for editing and displaying texts in revision, in manuscript or print.  Originally designed to generate the textual core for the Melville Electronic Library (MEL) at Hofstra University (http://mel.hofstra.edu/), this open-source tool will, in a few months, be “generalized” so that anyone with an editorial project can adapt TextLab to his or her specifications, manage image upload, and submit outputs for display or publication.  The question of how to implement IIIF standards has played a major role in shaping our upgrading of TextLab.Now in its second version, TextLab enables the editor to mark-up revision sites (as TEI zones) directly on the leaf image, transcribe the revision text within the zone, automatically code text and associate it with its zone, then generate a diplomatic transcription of the leaf and a base version of the manuscript, and further generate revision sequences and narratives to explain the revision steps for selected revision sites.  In our effort at MEL to integrate TextLab into a larger suite of critical archive tools, we have created our content management system MELCat to store TextLab output and to house metadata for the digital archive’s MS and print images, art objects, and maps.  We have also developed a version of Annotation Studio to create further textual and contextual editing.  And in conjunction with Hofstra's Digital Research Center, we have  linked DRC's mapping / timeline / annotation tool Itinerary to MELCat to display texts, images, and travel routes on geo-rectified historical maps.  We also use Juxta Editions to publish MEL's fully-annotated scholarly editions.  IIIF standards are crucial in making these technological integrations happen. Thus far, TextLab uses the IIIF Image API to provide a standard image URL format for manuscript images. We process high-resolution TIFFs from the source repository into pyramidal TIFFs that we host on an IIP Image server. Open Sea Dragon is then used to display these images for transcription and zone identification. We presently use a CSV based manifest to load the images into the project. Going forward, we will also be using this same technique to store images of art objects and maps for display on the MEL website. In our presentation, we will demonstrate TextLab and its integration into the workflow of our suite of tools. We will also discuss our plans for using IIIF standards in manipulating Melville-related images provided by Houghton Library and New York Public Library. In the future, we would like to explore how the IIIF Presentation API can be used to close the gap between manuscript discovery and the editing of texts in revision.


Thursday June 8, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum - Room 3 Via Paolo VI, 25 - 00193 Roma

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