May 19, 2022

A New and Cool Pilot! Internet Archive Introduces 9.3 Million Items Into the IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) Ecosystem

Note: Last week we shared news about the Internet Archive receiving a grant to begin planning for the next-gen Wayback Machine.

This time, info and links to something cool, useful, and now available from the IA in an early pilot.

Via the IA Blog:

Imagine you could zoom seamlessly into to this rare Klimt painting  to inspect the finest brush strokes?  Or arrange the pages of a medieval manuscript on a virtual desktop to analyze and annotate them?

Now you can right here.

Cultural institutions around the globe, including the Internet Archive, are making images more dynamic through the International Image Interoperability Framework.

This common technical framework and open standard is enabling university libraries such as Stanford’s, museums such as the Getty, and national institutions such as the Bibliothèque nationale de France to share content in a seamless and dynamic way.  The key is IIIF’s interoperability.  Now for the first time, scholars can assemble the pages of a centuries old manuscript held in dozens of libraries around the world, right on their computers.

Thanks to the efforts of a volunteer engineer, Mek  Karpeles and Stanford University Library’s Drew Winget, the Internet Archive is proud to release 9.3 million items into the IIIF ecosystem through our new product incubator and laboratory, Archivelab.

By visiting the service at, you will find a full list of the unique ID codes for more than nine million Internet Archive texts and images accessible by our IIIF proxy server.

The technical community can contribute to Mek’s code at and explore documentation for the Archive’s IIIF implementation at

MUCH More About IIIF and IA in the Complete Blog Post

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.