The fourth and final IIIF4R workshop was hosted by the University of Durham on the 9th May 2022. The event ran between 4pm-6pm and discussion focused on what is available in IIIF and how it can (or cannot) be easily found. In particular we explored the content in the Durham archives, before branching out to other institutions who make regular use of IIIF. We concluded the event by exploring some of the practicalities of IIIF, such as how a manifest editor might be used to pull things together from different sites.

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Recording of the event

Event Summary

Richard Higgins opened the event by speaking about the University of Durham Archives and Special Collection content. At present, these collections are mainly accessed via normal catalogues, but Richard explores the areas in which IIIF frameworks can support the digitisation and presentation of existing content. In particular he highlights the scope of the collection, noting that it will not be possible to digitise it all any time soon, and the issues faced when trying to fully catalogue this collection to aid discoverability.

Tim Dungate advances the discussion by delving into the background of Digital Bodleian, its content and how they use IIIF, as well as their future plans. As a platform focusing on full high quality representations of collections with free to access usage, Digital Bodleian has become a mainstay of the reserach community in recent years, containing over 1.1 million images. Tim explores the new interface for Digital Bodleian and the kinds of information contained within it.

Following this, Dr Rossitza Atanassova explained what IIIF collections have been published to date in the British library and how to find them. She highlights recent use cases with the content enabled by the IIIF functionality, and share our plans for publishing more newly digitised and legacy digitised content to the British Library’s Universal Viewer as part of the Heritage Made Digital programme.

Tom Crane then moved on to consider a key question, namely: What might you do with IIIF Manifests once you have found them? His simple answer is that users look at them, obviously, and perhaps even annotate them. But, his talk then expands upon this exploring the possibilities for creating new IIIF content utilising existing collections, by bringing existing IIIF Manifests into new, personal collections. He explores how the software he is working on developing can facilitate this kind of work in an international setting, opening up new forms of collaboration.

Dr Lorna Hughes, Dr Andrew Prescott and Dr Zoe Bartliff round off the event with a brief retroscpective on the work of the IIIF4Research network over the last few years, as well as a summary of key findings from the IIIF survey that was released earlier this year. This survey focused on researcher needs when using of images, highlighting several of the key roadblocks they face in their research.