Archives Community Group Showcase

Josh Schneider - Stanford University Libraries (USA), Rebecca Hirsch - Yale University (USA)

Presentation type: Presentation


The youngest IIIF community group, the Archives Community Group, was formed in August 2018 in response to interest expressed by a number of archivists at the IIIF conference in Washington, D.C that spring. The goals of the group include promoting the usage of IIIF for archival materials internationally and across all types of institutions; demonstrating best practices in the use of IIIF for archival materials, including creation of IIIF Presentation API resources from existing archival description; and gathering and documenting use cases from existing and new IIIF community members that demonstrate the need for and opportunities presented by the interoperability of archival collections and tools, including ones consisting of born-digital and other diverse material types.

Enabling access to archival materials through IIIF offers exciting opportunities for collaborative cross-institution storytelling, crowdsourcing, display of hierarchically described digital archival collections, and even enabling researchers to recreate dispersed collections and create new collections based on specific research questions.

This session will showcase work by community group members, and explore areas for further investigation and development.


  • Annotation, including full-text or academic use cases,
  • Discovering IIIF resources,
  • Interoperability in IIIF contexts,
  • IIIF communities (3D, archives, museums, manuscripts, newspapers, etc.)


  • archives,
  • crowdsourcing,
  • discovery,
  • hierarchical description,
  • born-digital,
  • collaboration,
  • interoperability