Paper 18

2018 Washington conference submission

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CanvasPanel - a new UI component for rapid IIIF application development

Tom Crane - Digirati (United Kingdom)

Abstract: CanvasPanel is a user interface component that fills a space between deep zoom renderers like OpenSeadragon and Leaflet, and Manifest viewers like the Universal Viewer and Mirador. It can be reused in very simple IIIF applications - a few lines of JavaScript - but is sophisticated enough to form the basis of custom applications with complex layout and annotation rendering requirements.

This non-technical talk demonstrates CanvasPanel in action, in applications developed for the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Library of Wales, The National University of Ireland Galway, and the Paul Mellon Centre/Royal Academy of Art. It will be demonstrated in narrative use cases, and annotation capture and rendering scenarios.

This lightning talk is aimed at a general audience.


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


  • IIIF and archival collections,
  • IIIF enabled collaboration,
  • Audio/Video IIIF implementations,
  • Emerging use cases for IIIF technical specifications


  • User Experience,
  • Interoperability,
  • Annotation,
  • Viewers