IIIF and ArchivesSpace

Dieter Van Hassel - Royal Museum for Central-Africa (Belgium), Scott Renton - University of Edinburgh (UK / Scotland)

Presentation type: Presentation


ArchivesSpace is a flexible, open source archival management system with a considerable user base. The tool allows to describe repositories, archives and actors in detail. It is capable of working with digital instances of archives through the Digital Objects module. However, there is no out-of-the-box support for IIIF (yet).

Over the past few months, Edinburgh University and the Royal Museum for Central Africa have been working on different ways to integrate IIIF into the archives management system. This goes from linking the manifests as “Digital Objects” to a custom plugin for ArchivesSpace which fully embeds Universal Viewer.

In this session, we will demonstrate our different approaches to integrate IIIF and ArchivesSpace as well as the possibilities ArchivesSpace offers to generate or enhance IIIF manifests.


  • IIIF Implementation Spectrum: large-scale or small-scale projects,
  • IIIF communities (3D, archives, museums, manuscripts, newspapers, etc.)


  • ArchivesSpace,
  • Archives