Sharing of high quality images on the Web, something many take for granted, has in recent years become a focal point for cultural heritage institutions across the globe. The Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is at the core of this collaborative effort. Europeana has become fully committed to IIIF, its community and its goals for the past year, and will take its engagement further with the launch of a new Task Force.
As reported in a previous blog, we have created an IIIF profile for the Europeana Data Model (EDM) that makes EDM interoperable with the IIIF standard.
This enables Europeana data providers to reference their IIIF resources in the Europeana Collections portal and the Europeana APIs. Our approach, which was designed in collaboration with the IIIF community, is followed by others. Very recently, the Nomisma.org project has extended its own data model with the EDM profile for IIIF, and re-used its data guidelines in order to enable IIIF images within the viewer of Numishare and Coinage of the Roman Republic Online.
…EuropeanaTech just launched a new IIIF Task Force. Led by the Austrian National Library, it intends to identify the current trends and tendencies in the adoption of the IIIF technology by Europeana content providers.
On another note, Europeana Foundation has just been nominated to join the IIIF Executive Committee, the governing body for the IIIF consortium. This nomination will ensure that the Network is appropriately represented and heard through the Foundation, and with the help of other Network members involved in the IIIF community. It is also the acknowledgement that European cultural institutions are starting to play a key role, after a phase in which the bulk of IIIF development and adoption has taken place in the US – and this is something we must feel proud of!
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