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 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
PRESENTATION: Digital Tools for Manuscript Study: John Stow and the medievalist Scholar (Room 5) FULL

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We will report on a two-year joint project between the University of Toronto’s Library Information Technology unit and Centre for Medieval Studies, generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to build open, modular tool environments to support image-based scholarly research. Our specific use case is the study of medieval manuscripts; our scholarly objective is to answer some important research questions, for example, about the medieval manuscripts collected by the Renaissance antiquary John Stow, by building interoperable collections of digitized medieval books. In our technical work, we are integrating Omeka, an open-source platform for digital exhibits; Mirador, a IIIF-compliant image viewer developed at Stanford; and VisColl, a tool developed by Penn’s Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies for the visualization of book structure. These tools were selected for their significant traction among digital humanists and manuscript researchers. A major goal of our work is to strengthen modular, standards-based, highly usable scholarly work environments; our specific objective is to situate both Omeka and VisColl alongside Mirador within the International Image Interoperability Framework. Our work on this project is guided by our team’s broader digital humanities research and development practices. 1) Our work is collaborative: it involves daily interaction and intellectual exchange between a diverse group of scholars, librarians, and developers. 2) Our data is resilient: it must remain open, accessible, easily portable, platform-independent, and based on international standards. 3) We build where we find community: in order to ensure that what we build is robust, sustainable, and above all usable, we build, extend, and integrate open-source tools, in close consultation with those who will use them. This talk will not only explore the scholarly questions surrounding John Stow’s library, and how the technical developments facilitate this discussion, but also a common scholarly use case integral to its investigation: the ability for scholars to use their own (DIY) manuscript images in the context of IIIF-enabled software and services.

Thursday June 8, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum - Room 5 Via Paolo VI, 25 - 00193 Roma

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