IIIF: Access to the World's Images - Ghent 2015

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On Tuesday, 8 December 2015, the International Image Interoperability Framework ([IIIF][home-page]) community and [Ghent University Library][ghent-lib] are hosting a one day event describing the power and potential of interoperable image delivery over the Web. Embraced by a growing number of the world’s leading research and cultural heritage organizations, IIIF provides an open framework for organizations to publish their image-based resources, to be viewed, cited, annotated, and more by any compatible image-viewing application. The day will showcase how institutions are leveraging IIIF to reduce total cost and time to deploy image delivery solutions, while simultaneously improving end user experience with a new host of rich and dynamic features. It will also highlight how to participate in this growing movement to take advantage of the common framework.

This event will be valuable for organizational decision makers, repository and collection managers, software engineers; for cultural heritage or STEM (science / technology / engineering / medicine) institutions; or for anyone engaged with image-based resources on the Web. Attendance is free, and widespread dissemination of the event is encouraged. Registration is required in order to ensure that we do not exceed the capacity of the venue. The event is hosted by Ghent University Library in Ghent, Belgium, at the beautiful Ghent Opera House.

About IIIF

The IIIF community has been working together since 2011, and the [IIIF Consortium][iiif-c] was founded in 2015 with 11 global leaders comprising national, state & research libraries, as well as members representing foundations, museums and non-profit image services. Rather than a particular technology, IIIF specifies [common interfaces for interacting with images][tech-details] on the Web, reducing the friction of putting and working with images.


Tuesday, 8th of December 2015

Time Session Presenters
10:00 - 10:25 Welcome Sylvia Van Peteghem, Ghent University
10:25 - 10:50 Introduction to IIIF Tom Cramer, Stanford University
10:50 - 11:10 Maps and Archives Glen Robson, National Library of Wales
11:10 - 11:30 Digitized Newspapers Karen Estlund, Penn State University
11:30 - 11:50 Museums and Research Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass, Yale Center for British Art
11:50 - 12:10 Aggregators M.A. Matienzo, DPLA and David Haskiya, Europeana
12:10 - 12:30 Audience Spotlight and Discussion Christy Henshaw, Wellcome Trust
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch (on your own)
13:30 - 13:45 Image API Simeon Warner, Cornell University
13:45 - 14:00 Mirador Rashmi Singhal, Harvard University and Drew Winget, Stanford University
14:00 - 14:15 Presentation API Rob Sanderson, Stanford University
14:15 - 14:30 Universal Viewer Tom Crane, Digirati
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break  
15:00 - 15:20 Cloud Hosting Robert Kiley, Wellcome Trust
15:20 - 15:40 Embedr.eu and Omeka Petr Pridal, KlokanTech
15:40 - 16:00 Tagging and Pedagogy Michael Appleby, Yale University
16:00 - 16:30 Audience Spotlight and Discussion Stuart Snydman, Stanford University
16:30 - 16:45 IIIF Consortium Michael Keller, Stanford University
16:45 - 17:00 Next Steps and Close Tom Cramer, Stanford University

An [Interactive Schedule][sched] for the events taking place is also available.


Registration is required and via [EventBrite][event-brite].

Date: Tuesday, 8th of December 2015

Location: Opera Gent - Schouwburgstraat 3, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

Cost: There is no cost to attend. It is offered by the IIIF Consortium Partners, Ghent University Library and event sponsors.

Hotels: A [Hotel List][ghent-hotels] is available with some discounted prices. Booking early is recommended.

Restaurants: A [Restaurant List][ghent-restaurants] is also available.

Information: An external guide to [Visiting Ghent][visit-gent]

Social Media: Tweets about the event should use #iiif or @iiif_io

Code of Conduct

All IIIF Events are covered by the [IIIF Code of Conduct][conduct]. IIIF is commited to an inclusive, friendly and safe collaboration environment both online and in person.

Participation is also encouraged in the following related, co-located events. The locations will be on the Ghent University campus. Please register at [this EventBrite][event-brite-wg] by selecting a ticket for each day that you can attend.

Technical Workshop

This pre-event workshop will allow attendees who want to implement IIIF locally (in either their repository or application) to work with technical experts and existing implementers. The structure will be an informal “hack-a-thon”, with a chance to ask specific questions on the APIs, their use and their implementation. Time: Monday 7th, 1:30 - 4:30 PM.

IIIF Community Roundtable

This event will start with a community round-table of ongoing efforts and progress in the IIIF space, including both demos and reports. The community will also assess existing priorities and progress towards them, and affirm future work for the coming 12 months. In the afternoon discuss the proposed technical changes for the specifications towards ratification of the next versions of the APIs. Time: Wednesday 9th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mirador Contributors Group

Mirador is one of the most fully featured IIIF clients, with support for both the Image and Presentation APIs and a comprehensive set of features. This technical meeting is to discuss the current priorities towards a roadmap of efforts, possible improvements to the codebase, and processes for community ownership and development of the product. Thursday 10th, Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Newspaper Interest Group

The Newspaper Interest Group will is being convened to discuss and provide support for adoption of the IIIF APIs within the vibrant digital and digitized newspaper domain. All around the world, newspaper content is being digitized and made available, and we see IIIF as a technical cornerstone to ensure broad adoption, access and reuse of the content. The meeting will set goals and deliverables to align European and North American efforts in this space. Time: Thursday 10th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Universal Viewer and Manifesto

The [Universal Viewer][universal-viewer] (UV) is a user-friendly viewer in use at a number of national and research libraries. It features beta implementations of the IIIF Auth and Search specifications as well as support for audio, video and other formats. It is now built using [Manifesto][manifesto], a Presentation API client library that can be used as the engine in other viewers and servers. This meeting is for both contributors and interested newcomers. Friday 11th, Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Additional IIIF work on implementations, specifications, use cases and requirements will take place outside of the working group structure on both Thursday and Friday.

Update on Security Concerns

We’re sure that everyone shares our concerns for colleagues and the security situation in France and Belgium that has emerged. The organizers for the IIIF event in Ghent are paying strict attention, and working closely with local organizers to do whatever is possible to ensure the safety of the community traveling to the meeting. To the best of our knowledge, nothing indicates that there are concerns for Ghent at this time.

Given that, we intend to go ahead with the events as scheduled, and both hope and expect the situation to improve before December 6th. We fully respect institutions and individuals regard for safety and tolerance of risk, and just ask that you let us know if you decide not to attend for this or any other reason. Conversely, if you are intending to come and have not registered, please do so without further delay as registrations close on November 30th for all events.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep as informed as possible. If there are any changes, we will reassess and send out further updates as early as possible. We will have a meeting point with staff every day of the week in case of questions or events that might occur while we are there.

Some tips regarding safe travel to the event:

  • There are direct trains from Brussels Airport (Bruxelles Aéroport National) to Ghent (Gent Sint Pieters) that do not require going in to the center of Brussels. The price is around 15 euro.
  • If people are traveling from the UK via Eurostar, Lille also has good connections direct to Ghent to avoid Brussels.
  • There is increased security, so allow extra time if possible and remain patient and polite.
  • As always, pay attention to your belongings and surroundings.

Some possible additions to security around the events:

  • Please carry ID at all times and wear your provided IIIF name badge prominently
  • Proof of ID may be required to collect the name badge
  • You may be asked by non event staff what your business is, particularly for the events on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Please be courteous and explain that you are there for a conference, and the local organizer is Dries Moreels on behalf of Sylvia Van Peteghem, Ghent University Librarian.

We continue to look forwards to the discussions in Ghent, and hope that we’ll see you there.

[home-page]: [event-brite]: http://iiif-ghent-2015.eventbrite.com/ [event-brite-wg]: https://iiif-winter-2015.eventbrite.com/ [conduct]: /event/conduct/ [logistics]: #logistics [iiif-c]: /news/2015/06/17/iiif-consortium/ [tech-details]: /get-started/ [ghent-lib]: http://lib.ugent.be/ [visit-gent]: http://www.visitgent.be/en/ [ghent-hotels]: /event/2015/ghent-hotels/ [ghent-restaurants]: /event/2015/ghent-restaurants/ [universal-viewer]: https://github.com/UniversalViewer/universalviewer [manifesto]: https://github.com/UniversalViewer/manifesto [sched]: http://iiifghent2015.sched.org/