Paper 24

2018 Washington conference submission

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Utility of IIIF for Humanities through Use Cases of Buddhist Studies

Kiyonori Nagasaki - U-Tokyo and International Institute for Digital Humanities (Japan), Masahiro Shimoda - U-Tokyo (Japan)

Abstract: In this presentation, we describe utilities of IIIF contents published in the field of Buddhist studies based on our use cases which has been released recently or being developed now.

(1) IIIF Manifest for Buddhist Studies
The Web site aims not only to utilize IIIF contents but also to look into actual availability of IIIF contents for Buddhist studies published in various digital collections and repositories in the world. The system provides functions to store IIIF Manifest URIs and their textual data in Apache Solr, to find the URIs via searching the text, to get the URIs as a Web API, and to view the IIIF images through three IIIF viewers only by clicking an icon of each viewer listed on the Page. The system reveals not only the intrinsic usefulness of IIIF, but also issues of IIIF manifests in various institutions, such as lacking of “attribution” or “license”, https-unsupported. It would be a good opportunity for researchers of the filed to consider how to adopt, leverage, and improve IIIF images and contents in the world.
A sandbox of the system to test to add a Manifest URI is also provided below:
This sandbox allows to add vie Twitter account.

(2) SAT 2018 (SAT Daizokyo Text Database version 2018)
SAT Daizokyo Text Database has been a comprehensive Web service to provide research resources including a digital scholarly edition which consist of over 100 million characters of Buddhist scriptures and over 10000 icons for Buddhist studies and other related fields in the world. In the coming version, SAT 2018 will be released in the end of this March, providing IIIF images with a function to compare various witnesses of the edition partially getting Manifest URIs via the Web API mentioned above. Therefore, researchers who use Buddhist scriptures and icons will share experiences to use IIIF as a crucial scholarly framework through the function.

Since now, we have been addressing to disseminate utility of IIIF among humanities researchers, librarians, curators, archivists and so on to improve research environments for humanities in various opportunities such as workshops, seminars and symposiums in the world through use cases of Buddhist studies and other East Asian studies. The two use cases will be more effective to persuade to adopt and leverage IIIF.

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


  • IIIF implementations from outside Europe and North America,
  • IIIF synergies with regional and national ongoing digital libraries, museums and archives initiatives


  • Mirador,
  • Buddhist studies,
  • Scholarly edition