IIIF Annual Conference and Showcase Overview - Boston, MA - June 1-4, 2020

Statement from IIIF-C regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) (Updated 2020-03-13)

Given the global health concerns surrounding Covid-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the IIIF Annual Conference, scheduled to take place in Boston from June 1-4, 2020. We will communicate as soon as we can about when we expect to be able to hold this event safely. In the meantime, we are exploring virtual options in order to continue providing opportunities to share and learn from the IIIF community’s extensive experience and output.

We reached this decision in collaboration with our local hosts, Harvard and MIT, and based on reports from institutions around the world that have restricted travel for the foreseeable future. Given the trajectory of news in recent days and hours, it is clear that the most ethical course of action is to postpone large in-person gatherings. We encourage you to review updates and guidelines from global health authorities such as the WHO, the CDC, as well as state and local authorities.

We are immensely grateful for the efforts that members of the IIIF community have already poured into preparing for the conference, including submitting proposals, evaluating program guidelines and submissions, and planning for on-the-ground logistics. We apologize for the disruption this may cause, and we appreciate your understanding as we keep the best interest of the community in mind.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us via events@iiif.io.

The 2020 International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Annual Conference will be held in Boston June 1-4, 2020 [now postponed, see note above], and will be hosted jointly by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

This event is intended for a wide range of participants and interested parties, including digital image repository managers, content curators, software developers, scholars, and administrators at libraries, museums, cultural heritage institutions, software firms, and other organizations working with digital images and audio/visual materials.

The IIIF Showcase is meant to introduce newcomers to IIIF, and those seeking to learn how IIIF is used in a variety of contexts.

The IIIF Workshops offer more in-depth opportunities to learn about IIIF tools and platforms.

The IIIF Conference features plenary presentations and breakout sessions about IIIF implementations around the world, including cutting edge use cases and demonstrations.

All event proceedings will be in English.


  • Registration: Registration postponed; for those who registered prior to 2020-03-13, Eventbrite ticket sales will be reimbursed automatically. You will receive the funds in your account 5-7 days after the refund has been issued.

  • Dates: Original dates were to be June 1-4, 2020; new dates TBD
  • Locations: Boston, MA (See map below for venue locations and more)
    • IIIF Showcase: MIT Campus, Ray and Maria Stata Center
    • Workshops and Conference: Harvard Campus, various locations
  • Cost: $340 general ticket, $220 Consortium members ticket, $100 student/discount ticket
  • Capacity: Approximately 300
  • Code of Conduct: The IIIF Code of Conduct applies
  • Social Media: Tweets about the event should use #iiif or @iiif_io

Stay tuned to the IIIF-Discuss email list for announcements and updates.


Outline program

The final program will continue to develop over the next few months but please see the outline below which gives an overview of the Boston IIIF Showcase and Conference. Note the Showcase will require a separate registration to the Conference.

  Showcase Conference
Time Monday 1st June 2020 Tuesday 2nd June 2020 Wednesday 3rd June 2020 Thursday 4th June 2020
Morning   Workshops Plenary lightning talks and parallel sessions Parallel sessions
Afternoon Showcase Conference plenary including community updates and lightning talks Parallel sessions Closing lightning talks and panel sessions
Evening   Conference reception IIIF Consortium members' reception