Paper 13

2018 Washington conference submission

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GLAM2IIIF: Papering over the cataloguing gaps

Richard Palmer - Victoria & Albert Museum (United Kingdom)

Abstract: The automated generation of IIIF manifests is relatively simple for objects with single images, but for paged material the lack of detailed structure in the catalogue record prevents us easily creating manifests with the necessary sequence information. Additionally some objects may need to combine information from records across the institution (e.g. from the museum and library), in which case neither catalogue has the full structural information (for example when we are creating a digital reconstruction of a new dis-bound volume part catalogued in both the museum & library).

We have developed a tool that lets us combine information from the different V&A cataloging systems with a lightweight YAML configuration file to generate these complex IIIF manifests. This lets us rapidly regenerate manifests based on a combination of the source metadata with structural information that can be easily updated and corrected as the digital reconstruction is viewed.

Although this has been developed with our systems, it could be re-purposed to work for other museum cataloguing systems.

Presentation type: 7 minute lightning talk to be given in a plenary session


  • IIIF content communities (museums, manuscripts, newspapers, archival content, etc.),
  • IIIF-compatible software and experimentation


  • manifest,
  • structure,
  • object,
  • yaml,
  • python,
  • prezi