Paper 60

2018 Washington conference submission

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Wax: Minimal IIIF for Experiments, Exhibitions, and Pedagogy

Marii Nyröp - Columbia University Libraries (United States)

Abstract: Can a rogue exhibition be interoperable and sustainable? In this lightning talk, I'll present Wax, a set of experiments and workflows that affirm this possibility by enabling novel, minimal IIIF sites that are adjacent or peripheral to institutional infrastructure.

Wax follows principles of minimal computing (e.g. minimal dependencies, minimal maintenance, and minimal obsolescence) in creating IIIF level 0 static sites with Jekyll that allow groups to control their content as well as learn more about digital collection building, data structures, and the nuts and bolts of IIIF. I'll share lessons learned in storing static IIIF annotations, compartmentalizing viewers, promoting sustainability, and getting the most out of IIIF with the least resources. A few great examples–including a student exhibition of 18th-century fashion plates and a Sudanese historical photo archive–will be shared.

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


  • IIIF and archival collections,
  • IIIF implementations from outside Europe and North America,
  • IIIF-compatible software and experimentation


  • minimal computing,
  • static site,
  • level 0,
  • pedagogy,
  • experiments