Rhinos, Recitals and World Cup Finals- Storytelling through IIIF AV

Scott Renton - University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

Presentation type: Lightning talk


IIIF Presentation API version 3 has opened up all sorts of possibilities in the world of AV, thanks to the time parameter on the canvas. A lot of thought goes on around our collections content as to how to tell an item's story, and how we contextualise our collections online. Up till now, we have made our images and associated metadata available in manifests attached to a museums record, with the intention of allowing people to take those images and any underlying metadata with them to another viewer, but without any additional "clues".

With IIIF AV, we are able to show these items in context with their corresponding video, audio and description to improve the user's holistic understanding of the item, beyond what a 2-dimensional can do. We can work this out programmatically, and thus generate a standardised "AV powerpoint" to accompany each item.

Needless to say, there's plenty more you can do if you're NOT operating programmatically. If you have the time to build a CSV with all your co-ordinates, sizes, somewhere to put your media and a Python script to turn it into a manifest, you can have a lot of fun with it. To describe Scotland's crucial match with Holland at the 1978 World Cup is not something you would perhaps expect to see in IIIF, but IIIF has never been restrictive on what it's used for!

I will talk about the questions that arise from doing this work:

-How useful is this?

-Are there better media to do the same job?

-Where could it lead?

This talk owes a large debt to Tom Crane's "Fire" of course.


  • Audio/Visual use cases for IIIF,
  • IIIF communities (3D, archives, museums, manuscripts, newspapers, etc.)


  • AV,
  • Presentation 3,
  • Collections,
  • Museums