International Image Interoperability Framework

The siloed natured of image repositories has been a major obstacle to image-based activities, such as collaboration and research which contribute to collection documentation. Unwittingly users have become isolated from one another because of technology that does not support the sharing and manipulation of digital resources. The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a relatively new standard that sets out to offer a web-based environment where working with images is collaborative and interactive. Through use cases from the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Edinburgh University Musical Instruments Museum, and the Paul Mellon Centre, the panel will explore how IIIF offers an array of solutions supporting collection documentation, research projects, annotation-based research, and public engagement. The goal of the IIIF community is to unlock our silos of images to allow for better access to digital resources with the vision that this global network from libraries, archives, and museums based on Open Standards will contribute to higher quality research that is critical for documentation.

Panel Chair:
Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass

Dieter van Hassel
IIIF Supporting Multidisciplinary Research at the Royal Museum for Central Africa
Claire Knowles
User Engagement through IIIF at the Musical Instruments Museum
Tom Scutt
“Photo Archives are Sleeping Beauties”: Unlocking images with IIIF

Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass (USA)

Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass is the Collections Data Manager at the Yale Center for British Art, where she led the launch of the museum’s first online collections catalog, and is particularly interested in metadata interoperability issues, deep collaboration across libraries, archives and museums, open access, and the role of technology in cultural institutions. She has been a Board Member and the Communications Officer of CIDOC since 2013, and is currently co-chair of the LIDO Working Group. She is involved in several Linked Open Data projects such as the American Art Collaborative, Pharos The Consortium of Photo Archives, and the International Image Interoperability Framework. She previously worked at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Louvre Museum. She has a Master’s of Art History. She speaks English and French.

Dieter Van Hassel (BELGIUM)

Dieter Van Hassel is the Manager of the Information Management and Digitisation unit within the Royal Museum for Central Africa’s Human Sciences Department since 2007. He leads the digitisation of the archival, photographic and ethnographic collections. In addition, he manages the implementation and usage of the collections management system for the department. He is a board member of the MIMO consortium. He holds a Master in Early Modern History and an Advanced Master in Archival Science, Heritage and Records Management.


Claire Knowles (UK)

Claire Knowles is the Library Digital Development Manager at the University of Edinburgh. She manages the Digital Development Team and their services, which support the University's Library and University Collections. Whilst at Edinburgh Claire has developed and supported the implementation of open source systems including ArchivesSpace, DSpace, IIIF and Open Journal Systems.  Claire is a member of the DSpace Steering Group and Europeana IIIF Task Force. Prior to joining the University she worked as a software developer for mobile games and e-commerce companies.

Tom Scutt (UK)

Tom Scutt is Digital Manager at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, a research centre and publisher that is part of Yale University. Tom identifies and initiates projects that will support the Centre’s strategic objective to embrace the use of technology in the study of cultural heritage materials: He leads the organisation’s digital audience engagement strategy, manages procurement of digital services, and coordinates the work of external designers, developers and partner agencies. Additionally, he oversees the digitisation of designated selections of the Centre’s research collections, including its Photographic Archive, and is a member of the editorial team that produces the online journal British Art Studies.