Parker on the Web has become one of the leading digital medieval manuscript sites since 2005, when an early prototype was first demonstrated. Now, ten years after the prototype, and six years after the release of the first production version, work has begun on Parker on the Web 2.0.
The most visible changes will involve an entirely restyled website, access optimized for mobile devices as well as fixed-location computing, and full compatibility with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). At the same time, important changes will be made to the business model, which will no longer require an institutional site license for comprehensive access when Parker 2.0 is launched in January 2018.
Parker 2.0 will meet the standards developed by IIIF for delivery of image resources online. The application program interfaces (APIs) of IIIF will make the content of Parker 2.0 compatible with content from partner institutions, such as e-codices, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the national libraries of France, Norway and the United Kingdom, and a growing number of universities.
In addition to facilitating the comparative study of manuscripts, Parker 2.0 will also integrate with a growing suite of IIIF-compatible tools for annotation, transcription and image analysis.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided major funding to build and produce the current version of Parker on the Web. Since 2009, the site has provided scholars and students around the world with high-resolution images of every imageable page in the Parker Library’s collection of manuscripts, detailed descriptive metadata and related bibliographies. This content has been regularly improved in light of new scholarship and research with semi-annual updates curated by Parker Library staff.
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