IIIF New England Showcase

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Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

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The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a set of shared application programming interface (API) specifications for interoperable functionality in digital image repositories. The IIIF is comprised of and driven by a community of libraries, museums, archives, software companies, and other organizations working together to create, test, refine, implement and promote the IIIF specifications. Using JSON-LD, linked data, and standard W3C web protocols such as Web Annotation, IIIF makes it easy to parse and share digital image data, migrate across technology systems, and provide enhanced image access for scholars and researchers. In short, IIIF enables better, faster and cheaper image delivery. It lets you leverage interoperability and the fabric of the Web to access new possibilities and new users for your image-based resources, while reducing long term maintenance and technological lock in. IIIF gives users a rich set of baseline functionality for viewing, zooming, and assembling the best mix of resources and tools to view, compare, manipulate and work with images on the Web, an experience made portable–shareable, citable, and embeddable.

The IIIF New England Showcase brings together developers, implementers, and other adopters to explain the background to IIIF, its growing community, and to demonstrate the potential of the Framework and the innovative ways in which it can be used to present digital image collections. There will be presentations from Boston Public Library, Brown University, Colby College, Harvard University, MIT, Princeton University, Yale University, and others.

If you are interested in learning more about what IIIF is, its benefits, the technologies that underpin it and seeing examples of how others are using it, then the IIIF Showcase is for you.

The meeting will be non-technical and cover (a detailed agenda is forthcoming):

  • What is IIIF and why should I care?
  • Showcases from local institutions
  • Forthcoming developments to IIIF
  • Options for implementing IIIF

Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments during the day will be provided. Please fill out this form if you have any dietary requirements.

If you are interested in attending the IIIF New England Technical Workshop on March 15, 2018 at Harvard University, please register separately.

This event is co-organized by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The IIIF Showcase will follow the IIIF Code of Conduct.


What are my parking options?

Permits for parking at Harvard University’s Broadway Garage, at 7 Felton Street, must be purchased online, through the Harvard Campus Services system.

Here are a few tips as you proceed through the system:

  • If you are a first-time user, you will need to register by creating a username and password.

  • If you need an accessible parking space, please select ADA Accessible Broadway as the lot.

  • When asked to select the department from a drop-down menu, select Museum Visitor—Art Museum. The department Code is 9071.

  • On the day of your visit, a printout of your online permit needs to be handed to the attendant in the garage booth for admittance and then placed on your dashboard.

How do I connect to Harvard wireless?

Harvard is a part of eduroam. If your institution is a member, please register using your institution's instructions before you arrive. Otherwise, Harvard offers a limited "Harvard Guest" WiFi network that anyone can use.

Any other questions?

Please contant Randy Stern or Rashmi Singhal.

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Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

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Organizer Harvard University and MIT

Organizer of IIIF New England Showcase

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