Paper 19

2018 Washington conference submission

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Beyond the viewer: more windows on our shared digital space

Tom Crane - Digirati (United Kingdom)

Abstract: We use the family of IIIF specifications to publish structured digital objects on the web. This means we can show objects to site visitors using a IIIF viewer, and our visitors can open our objects in other viewers and tools. That’s the first gain from interoperability, and it’s a good one!

But full featured viewers aren’t the only windows onto IIIF space. From large collections down to the tiniest scrap of text carried by an annotation, all this content is part of the IIIF Universe, and is available to all for the creation of user experiences. As more content appears in IIIF form, there are more ways to show this content and the links between it, and more ways to talk about it from the broadest view to the tiniest detail.

This presentation will show some of the many ways to turn IIIF into user experience. You won’t see any familiar viewers here!

Themes include:

- Annotations as editorial
- Using IIIF to create narrative content across collections
- What we can do with time in IIIF - AV and more
- A new viewer every day - IIIF everywhere
- Reusing IIIF content above and below the level of the manifest

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


  • IIIF enabled collaboration,
  • Audio/Video IIIF implementations,
  • Emerging use cases for IIIF technical specifications,
  • IIIF-compatible software and experimentation


  • User Experience,
  • Collaboration,
  • Interoperability,
  • AV,
  • Annotation