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 http://iiif.archivelab.org, 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 https://github.com/mekarpeles/iiif.archive.org and explore documentation for the Archive’s IIIF implementation at http://iiif.archivelab.org/documentation.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.