This research/project was funded by UKRI-AHRC and the Irish Research Council under the ‘UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Networking Call’ (grant numbers AH/V002260/1 and IRC/V002260/1). Further funding details available here.

The aims of this project are:

1. To establish a network of researchers, collection users, and information and heritage professionals to share ideas and knowledge about the potential of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) to transform scholarly and public engagement with the digital collections of libraries, archives, museums and galleries and to facilitate innovative forms of arts and humanities research which transcend institutional, national and international boundaries.

2. To improve understanding of the needs of current and potential users of IIIF, including researchers, students and the public. This will inform the future development of IIIF functionality which is increasingly present in the digital collections of libraries, archives, museums and galleries internationally.

3. To enhance the connectivity of scholarly and public users of digital collections with relevant sections of the IIIF community, such as the IIIF ‘Discovery for Humans’ group which maintains a registry of IIIF use case studies and helps identify priorities for future development of metadata and other components of IIIF.

4. To use the knowledge created by these dialogues to help prioritise digitisation strategies against potential sources of funding for digitisation and research, including the second call in this AHRC – IRC programme, and other government and philanthropic sources. This will enable more effective responses to the appetite in research, curatorial and wider public communities for an increased corpus of material available in digital surrogate form.

5. By supporting the potential of IIIF to offer improved sustainability, interoperability and interactivity for the digital collections of heritage institutions, to contribute more generally to promoting wider agendas for a democratisation of heritage with a global cultural reach and to facilitate a globalised research community.

And the objectives of this project are:

1. To organise four networking events in Glasgow, Durham, Dublin and Aberystwyth which will bring together arts and humanities researchers, information professionals and collections to discuss, explore and demonstrate the value of IIIF across a range of research domains in the arts and humanities.

2. To document the findings of the networking events on this project website and elsewhere in order to encourage researchers to explore the potential of IIIF and in turn inform the IIIF developer community of the aspirations and requirements of the user community. Outputs will include an article for a digital humanities journal, and guidelines for researchers.

3. To showcase the successful use of IIIF for research and to share knowledge about its application. We aim to increase the use of IIIF functionality within the digital repositories of the partner institutions: the Universities of Glasgow, Durham and Wales, and Trinity College Dublin. Case studies provided by the project will also suport the mapping and registry work being undertaken by the ‘Discovery for Humans’ community of IIIF.

4. To create from the network discussions a summary of possible areas for new developments within IIIF and to discuss with the IIIF community the means of taking forward these requirements.

5. To identify from the networking discussions possible new research collaborations focussed on particular collections and genres as sources for Digital Humanities projects, which will form the basis for further funding proposals in the second round of the AHRC – IRC funding scheme, and elsewhere.