Time Machine Academy on IIIF

IIIF: Open standards for interoperable functionality in digital asset repositories

Venue: Online


  1. Thursday, 7 October 2021 | 13:00 to 15:00 CEST [note: earlier start/end time!]
  2. Thursday, 14 October 2021 | 14:00 to 16:00 CEST
  3. Thursday, 4 November 2021 | 15:00 to 17:00 CET [note: later start/end time!]

Instructors: Glen Robson (IIIF), Basile Groult, Henry Huguet & Jean-Philippe Moreux (Bibliothèque Nationale de France/BnF), Andrea Barbon & Remko Bigai (mind@ware), Frédéric Kaplan (TMO)

Moderators: Isabella di Lenardo (EPFL, Local Time Machines Coordinator TMO), Ilaria Manzini (University of Amsterdam, Local Time Machines Manager TMO)

About IIIF

IIIF is a standard that provides access to high quality images and videos in a method that allows users to choose different viewers to interact with cultural heritage content. It provides two main standards; the Image API and the Presentation API. The Image API allows users to zoom into high quality images to provide a fast seamless experience for delivering large images to the web. The presentation API builds on this to provide extra information about the images including metadata, page order and links to put the item in its correct context. 

By relying on a set of standards the IIIF material can be viewed in multiple tools and can interoperate to allow images from multiple institutions to be shown together. This can be particularly useful for reconstructed manuscripts which may be held by different institutions. The IIIF standards also provide a basis to allow annotation of images and videos through off the shelf open source tools. 


Thursday, 7 October | 13:00 – 15:00 CEST

IIIF: How to get started

Instructor: Glen Robson (IIIF Technical Coordinator, IIIF Consortium)

This session will introduce you to the IIIF Image and Presentation standards and go through a short workshop to show how you can create and use off the shelf tools to use these standards. We will discuss how to setup a IIIF system in production starting with a small collection and then how to scale up to millions of images. We will then conclude with a discussion on the wider IIIF community and where you can go for help and advice after the workshop has completed. 

Attendees should leave the session with a good understanding of the different IIIF standards and what decisions need to be looked at when setting up a IIIF system in their own institution. 

Thursday, 14 October | 14:00 – 16:00 CEST

IIIF as a service for researchers: Feedback from the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

Instructors: Basile Groult, Henry Huguet, Jean-Philippe Moreux (BnF)

IIIF at the BnF: history and feedback; ongoing implementation of version 3 of the IIIF APIs. Use cases for research: access to collections, dissemination of research results, digital mediation, interleaved with hands-on sessions based on the GallicaPix and NewsEye portals.

Thursday, 4 November | 15:00 – 17:00 CET

Time Machine Box: From digitised document to information

Instructors: Andrea Barbon & Remko Bigai (mind@ware), Frédéric Kaplan (TMO)

The Time Machine Box is a server based on IIIF technology that has technical modules to allow the digitization pipeline to be developed smoothly from the scanned document to the extraction of its content. Validated by Time Machine, it has the advantage of containing the most advanced document post-processing applications to date and of allowing interoperability thanks to international standards.

Join this session to discover its features and to enable your institution or your project to benefit from the network of Time Machine Box servers!



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