May 26, 2022

Nearly 70,000 Public Domain Images Available Online From Yale Center for British Art Now IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) Compliant

From the Yale Center for British Art:

The Yale Center for British Art has now made available through its online collection nearly seventy thousand images of works of art in the public domain that are compliant with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). IIIF is a technology framework that supports enriched image use, including comparing, manipulating, and annotating multiple images within and across collections. The IIIF Consortium consists of the world’s leading libraries, museums, universities, research institutions, and image repositories, working in a collaborative system for sharing uniform and rich access to image-based resources on the web. IIIF supports a uniform display of images of books, maps, scrolls, manuscripts, musical scores, and archival material from participating institutions for display, manipulation, measurement, and annotation by scholars and students working individually or in groups around the world.

A video demonstration prepared by Michael Appleby, Head of Information Technology at the Yale Center for British Art, shows how easily researchers can access and use the Center’s images along with IIIF-compliant images from other museums and libraries.

By clicking on the IIIF logo for a selected image in the Center’s online collection, users can pull images into Mirador, a free, open-source image viewer, and drag and drop images from other collections into the same viewer for side-by-side comparative research. With IIIF, millions of images and associated metadata from institutions across the world can be deployed for research in the same shared format.


Yale University, led by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Yale Center for British Art, was one of the eleven core founding members of the IIIF Consortium, which also included Artstor, the Bavarian State Library, the British Library, Cornell University, the National Library of France, the National Library of Norway, Oxford University, Princeton University, Stanford University, and the Wellcome Trust. It now includes over forty cultural heritage institutions, such as Chinese University of Hong Kong, Harvard University, the J. Paul Getty Trust, Leiden University, the National Library of Israel, University of Tokyo, University of Toronto, and the Vatican Library.


The release of IIIF images by the Center and the Getty comes as both organizations join other members of the consortium at the 2017 IIIF Conference in the Vatican, beginning on June 5.

Direct to Yale Center For British Art Collection Database

Note:  Also Announced This Week:
The Getty Museum Publishes 30,000 Images Online Using IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework)

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