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2018 Washington conference submission

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Generating IIIF Manifests from Repository Metadata and Archival Metadata (EAD)

Terry Brady - Georgetown University Library (United States)

Abstract: The Georgetown University Library is experimenting with the IIIF presentation API in order to provide a compelling interface for a number of existing collection types especially for collections that are difficult to represent in the item/object model hierarchy provided by our repository. In particular, it has been difficult to represent archival collections without item metadata as items in a repository.

The Georgetown University Library has enhanced our existing metadata automation tool (File Analyzer) to generate IIIF manifest files enriched with metadata from existing import/export files used by our repository systems:
(1) DSpace metadata import and export files: dublin_core.xml and mets.xml
(2) Encoded Archival Description Files (EAD) generated from Archivist Toolkit and ArchivesSpace
(3) CSV files
(4) DSpace REST API

In addition to embedding item metadata into a manifest file, the manifest generator can also be configured to sequence manifest canvases and generate manifest ranges for a collection of objects based on metadata values.

The application has been designed to enable our digital services team to iteratively enhance object metadata and view the results in the Universal Viewer.

While the existing File Analyzer application had been primarily designed to support the digital workflows at Georgetown, our hope is to enhance the application to support digital workflows used by other institutions.

The presentation will illustrate a variety of manifest files that have been generated at Georgetown using this application. The presentation will also include a live demonstration of the manifest generation process.

The code for the File Analyzer application is available on the Georgetown University Library GitHub page. The following tutorial illustrates the capabilities that are available within the application. Attendees will be able to download the application, the tutorial, and the tutorial test data in order to try out the application for themselves.

Presentation type: 20 minute presentations (plus 5 mins questions)


  • IIIF and archival collections,
  • IIIF-compatible software and experimentation


  • manifest generation,
  • metadata,
  • automation,
  • transformation