Paper 57

2018 Washington conference submission

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Round Trip to Paradise

Josh Schneider - Stanford University Archives (United States), Ben Brumfield - Brumfield Labs, LLC (United States), Sara Brumfield - Brumfield Labs, LLC (United States)

Abstract: The Stanford University Archives is committed to providing broad public access to its collections, but some of its most important historical materials are handwritten. Although many of these documents have been digitized, the scans aren’t machine readable; they can’t be keyword searched, and are difficult for users to discover online, or parse for important topics and subjects.

IIIF makes it easy to access and display images of documents, but can it be used to bring user contributions back into the library system? This project built a round trip infrastructure creating new IIIF-based APIs. These APIs support discovery, review, and ingestion of user-generated annotations from the FromThePage crowdsourcing platform into Samvera/Fedora.

We’ll demonstrate how FromThePage pulls metadata and images from Stanford’s Samvera/Fedora repository via IIIF, and publishes user contributions via IIIF to enable capture and reingestion of transcription data into Stanford’s repository.

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


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


  • Annotation,
  • APIs,
  • Handwritten correspondence,
  • Crowdsourcing,
  • IIIF,
  • Fedora,
  • Samvera,
  • Transcription