Building local and international communities around IIIF

Andy Corrigan - University of Cambridge (UK), Huw Jones - University of Cambridge (UK)

Presentation type: Panel


Cambridge Digital Library would like to chair a panel discussion.


Building local and international communities around IIIF


We have found that conference attendees value open and honest discussion, particularly around potential challenges. We would encourage a problem-focussed approach to discussing the development and sustainability of communities, with a particular emphasis on the role of technology as a barrier or enabler.


None confirmed as yet. We would seek to bring a broad range of speakers together from different areas of institutions (e.g. IT/developers, curators, communications/engagement teams, educators etc).

Suggested discussion content:

• Issues of scale – what difference does the size of your institution make? What challenges can that pose?

• Gaining institutional buy-in

• Demonstrating value and contribution to institutional strategies

• What can be done if you don’t have any resources?

• Challenging resistance to openness

• Developing a strategy

• Top down/Bottom up?!

• Overcoming local institutional stigma


No fixed schedule as yet, probably either:

• 1hr Chaired discussion followed by 30min Q&As

• 45min chaired discussion followed by 45 min Q&As


This would be an opportunity to explore the potential of IIIF to underpin local and international communities, and to learn from the experiences of others who are engaged in community building in a wide variety of circumstances. We will look at the role of the institution and at the role of the individual in fostering a community-driven approach. We will explore the potential IIIF has to reach across faculty or disciplinary boundaries. Attendees would also gain insight into the open and welcoming nature of the IIIF community, and how that can be used as a tool to advocate IIIF in more local situations.


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


  • Community,
  • Outreach,
  • IIIF Adoption,
  • Laying foundations