Big news! On Tuesday [June 16], eleven world-leading institutions agreed to form the IIIF Consortium, a member organization dedicated to sustaining and advancing the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). The consortium will support the work of IIIF by pooling and allocating funding from members for exposing content via IIIF; doing outreach, training, and advocacy to grow the community; maintaining and elaborating on the IIIF technical specifications; providing catalytic support for IIIF-compatible software development; helping coordinate the IIIF community, and more.
The Consortium will reinforce and amplify the work currently done within IIIF community by providing ongoing support for the IIIF working group, editorial efforts, community calls and meetings. A core principle of the Consortium is that it derives its strengths from the active participation of a distributed community, and therefore values the diversity, inclusiveness and transparency that have characterized IIIF since its inception.
The consortium will extend invitations to additional Founding Members later this year. The first eleven institutions in the IIIF Consortium have each played prominent roles in helping develop IIIF to its current state, and have committed to helping grow it over the longterm. These institutions are:
- Bavarian State Library
- British Library
- Cornell University
- National Library of France
- National Library of Norway
- Oxford University
- Princeton University
- Stanford University
- Yale University
- Wellcome Trust
For next steps, we will continue to work to expand the number of IIIF-compatible repositories and software packages in the world, and do ongoing development of the technical specifications on authentication, search within objects, and discovery of IIIF resources for use.
This is a watershed development as it signals major, international commitment at an institutional level for the Framework, and the beginning of organized support to help sustain the benefits of interoperability over the longterm.
To read more about IIIF visit: http://iiif.io/
The following was recently announced to the IIIF community. While we have not yet adopted IIIF or Mirador in the Yale Library, these technologies are in use on campus. We anticipate adopting them as we plan to update our current Hydra platform.
We are excited to (officially) announce the release of Mirador version 2.0. Please visit our new project website at http://projectmirador.org. Here you will find a live demo, a four minute screencast demonstrating Mirador 2.0’s features, and links to the code repository and documentation (https://github.com/IIIF/mirador/).
The 2.0 release of Mirador builds and improves upon the first release with major user interface improvements and a rich feature set. These include:
- Deep zoom and pan using OpenSeadragon
- Multiple viewing modes, including single image, two-page, horizontal scroll and thumbnail gallery
- Synchronized navigation of multi-image objects by filmstrip or table of contents (when available)
- Metadata view
- Comparison of multiple images in a fully configurable workspace
- State saving and bookmarking for sharing a workspace
- Embeddable in blogs and third-party web apps
Notably, Mirador now supports viewing and creation of annotations on regions of images. The annotation functionality is fully compatible with the OpenAnnotation specification (http://www.openannotation.org/), and of course Mirador 2.0 is fully compliant with the IIIF Image and Presentation API’s (http://iiif.io).
A variety of features are in the backlog for the next version, and you can view the updated roadmap at https://github.com/IIIF/mirador/wiki/Mirador-2.1-Roadmap.
Mirador 2.0 is the result of a gratifying global collaboration. Many thanks and congratulations to the lead development team, which consists of Drew Winget from Stanford University and Rashmi Singhal from Harvard University. Mirador 2.0 would not have been possible without contributions of code, advice, testing and support by many others at Harvard, Stanford and the IIIF community. See a full list of acknowledgements on the project website.
As we look forward to subsequent releases, improvements and extensions to Mirador, we invite contributions of issues, bug fixes, and new features by others. If you are interested, please sign up for the firstname.lastname@example.org list, and head to Github to read the contributor guidelines and get started.