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 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
PRESENTATION: Displaying Palimpsests: Multispectral Imaging with IIIF and Mirador (Room 5) FULL

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Mark and Elizabeth will present a recently completed collaboration between UCLA Library and the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (a non-profit organization) to publish 74 palimpsest manuscripts online. This online publication aims to facilitate the study of these materials, which would otherwise be hindered by geography and the physical properties of the materials. These manuscripts are often fragile and are all palimpsested—original text was removed from the parchment through washing or scraping and then new text was written on the same material. The first text (the “undertext”) can be made more legible through spectral imaging techniques, and that has been the purpose of this project. As a result of making these undertexts legible again, this project has significantly increased the extant corpus of several dead languages. To present these materials to a scholarly audience and make them useful online, the UCLA Library selected IIIF and the Mirador IIIF-compatible image viewer.


The primary deliverable of the project is a web application that enables scholars to study spectral images of these manuscripts using a variety of possible workflows. The primary user interface component is a heavily customized instance of Mirador, which provides a rich set of tools to support these workflows. We’ve developed a Java-based IIIF image server in-house, which also helps support our internal workflows for ingesting and managing content. Both of these components were developed with an eye toward use in future projects. We plan to demonstrate examples of our users’ workflows and talk about some of our internal workflows for supporting the project. In particular, we will discuss our implementation of the “choice” aspect of the IIIF Presentation API and the user interface we adopted in Mirador to support that. In addition, we will present findings from user studies with medievalists and imaging scientists about the functionalities of the current website. Finally, we also will share our plan for further development—including incorporating richer metadata and supporting annotations—and discuss some lessons we learned as new adopters of IIIF. For more information see http://www.sinaipalimpsests.org/. 

Thursday June 8, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum - Room 5 Via Paolo VI, 25 - 00193 Roma

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