Remixing collections for web editorial

Matt McGrattan - Digirati (UK), Tom Crane - Digirati (UK)

Presentation type: Lightning talk


You have a large and diverse collection (available via IIIF, naturally), and you like to tell stories about the things in that collection on your website. For some stories, you can embed a viewer like the UV into the web page, to accompany the text with the object. For other stories, you may want to build a more complex narrative, selecting and remixing existing IIIF from your own collection and elsewhere, creating new additional IIIF resources, and configuring a customised viewing experience using IIIF’s extension mechanisms.

Digirati have been working with the V&A and the Technical University, Delft, on a visual manifest editing and content creation tool that supports plugins for bespoke viewing experiences. We’ve built custom viewers and static site generators that are driven by the enhanced manifests the editing tool creates. We’ll show how this fits into editorial workflow and content management processes, and how the manifests it produces can drive new narrative forms, timelines and other interactives while benefiting from the interoperability of IIIF.

These new tools should simplify the creation of new user experiences for collection content, and allow for a growing pool of reusable specialised components that anyone can incorporate into the presentation of their collections.


  • Annotation, including full-text or academic use cases,
  • Audio/Visual use cases for IIIF,
  • IIIF Implementation Spectrum: large-scale or small-scale projects,
  • Interoperability in IIIF contexts,
  • IIIF communities (3D, archives, museums, manuscripts, newspapers, etc.)


  • Viewers,
  • editing,
  • extensions