The National Library of Scotland is delighted to be joining the prestigious International Image Interoperability Framework Consortium (IIIF-C) as a founding member.
The Executive Group of the Consortium recently invited the National Library of Scotland to join a select group of world-leading institutions as an IIIF-C founding member. In doing so the Library will work with cultural heritage and research organisations such as Stanford University Libraries, the Bodleian Libraries at University of Oxford, the Wellcome Trust and the British Library, to influence and develop a suite of services for access to and use of high quality digital images.
Digital images carry much of the information content of the web and are fundamental to research, scholarship and transmission of cultural knowledge. The Library produces and makes available millions of digital images representing its collections of physical books, maps, photographs, manuscripts and archival materials. The Framework allows images from disparate collections to be brought together seamlessly for the first time, facilitating new comparisons and research. It also incorporates tools that enable an exceptional deep zoom viewing experience, image manipulation and annotation. The Framework, which is a collaborative development initiative amongst Consortium members, is a set of standards and technologies for accessing and presenting images in a uniform way that has not previously been possible.
Becoming a founding member of IIIF-C supports the National Library of Scotland's new strategy 'The way forward: Library Strategy 2015-2020', which outlines the Library's commitment to preserve the memory of the nation and complete a full listing of their vast holdings and have a third in digital format within 10 years.
Dr John Scally, National Librarian, stated:
'Today I am pleased to be signing the agreement to join the IIIF Consortium as a Founding Member. We are already using the IIIF suite in our hugely popular digital map collections and for other collections with high-resolution images. We will be keen build on the capabilities of IIIF in future for all these images, as well as applying these too to our expanding digital collections. Becoming a member underlines our commitment to share Scotland's national collection of heritage images by deploying technology and seeking global partnerships to further those ends.'
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12 April 2016