What is IIIF?

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What is IIIF?

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IIIF is a set of technical recommendations and standards for publishing images and cultural heritage objects on the Internet.

Thanks to IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework), the websites and mobile apps can mix the images from different institutions, add annotations and links to related information, create new connections and tell the amazing stories which are behind the documents.

Many cultural heritage institutions such as galleries, libraries, archives and museums (“GLAM”) from all over the world are now publishing the scanned images and other documents according to the IIIF standards (http://iiif.io/).

The core of the IIIF is made with two standards:

The IIIF Image API is responsible for displaying the images in a variety of viewers and online tools - and allows interoperability between the image content from different online websites, institutions, software vendors and digital repositories.

Images get the zoom function automatically - so it is possible to explore every tiny detail on the original documents. It is possible to extract and display a specified area from the selected image, get a thumbnail or derivative picture of a required size. Image API is all about images.

The IIIF Presentation API assigns to the documents additional information such as title, author and copyright - and can organise the images into collections, such as pages in a single book.

A simple document called Manifest describes the structure and connects the individual images. It makes the document reusable, linkable, referenceable and open to the world of the linked data and open annotations. Manifests improve discoverability and ensure the images gets correct attribution and viewing experience when they are displayed.

The brings great benefits to the general public, as well as students, scholars and researchers in the area of digital humanities.

If you wish to learn more technical details, we recommend the “Introduction to IIIF” to broaden your IIIF horizons!

You don’t have to be a technician

The common setup of such an image hosting is technically challenging and requires reliable infrastructure and deep technical knowledge. With our IIIF hosting service, you can jump over all these technical obstacles. Once you upload an image, our servers automatically process them, and you get a IIIF service for your images immediately.

IIIF for your images

The simplest way how to try IIIF is probably to test our hosting service, which is available for free. It’s really easy - just go to http://www.iiifhosting.com/, upload the image to the web browser and get the link with your image in IIIF. We will automatically set up a IIIF hosting account for you - with 100 MB space for up to 5 images.

The features are the same in all plans, including embedding and API.

Proven by many organisations

The service is proven by years of the usage by several institutions. The IIIF Hosting service is used in many different projects and organizations such as the British Library, University of London, David Rumsey Map Collection, American Geographical Society Library, ETH Library Zurich, BM Archives in Switzerland, National Museum of Sweden, Washington University in St. Louis, Leiden University Library in Netherlands, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, etc.

Try the image hosting now with the free plan at our http://www.iiifhosting.com/. You don’t even need to register - just drag & drop an image into the website, as instructed.

To read more about the IIIF initiative - visit the official project website at http://iiif.io/

Author | Klokan Technologies GmbH Published | 2017-07-25

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