The IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) is foundational to the Digital Tools for Manuscript Study project. The University of Toronto relies on the well-crafted APIs and international community support of IIIF to create modular, interoperable tools which support the work of manuscript scholars.
Omeka is a used widely platform in digital humanities and library communities with a strong and responsive developer community. Easy to use, well-documented, and supported by a knowledgeable and responsive development community, Omeka supports features that are crucial to our use cases: user communities and usability; contributor recognition; in-depth analytical and collecting work; and the creation of scholarly narratives based on closely-read data collections.
Mirador is a IIIF-compliant viewer developed by Stanford and Harvard to be configurable, extensible and easy-to-integrate. Our hope is to leverage Mirador’s well-designed manuscript viewing experience and thriving and open development community to create plugins which work with Omeka but are not wholly reliant on its architecture.
We are collaborating with Dot Porter of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania to further develop her VisColl collation tool. VisColl creates a visualization of manuscript quire structures from a parsed collation formula. There is strong interest in the manuscript studies community for such a tool and our planned developments and features will be an immense help to researchers and teachers.
Book of Fame is one of the Old Books, New Science lab's student-driven experiments. Based at the University of Toronto Mississauga, the Book of Fame team is integrating IIIF APIs into a video game development engine with the intention of broadening and simplifying access to digital art repositories and presenting scholars with a new and innovative method of interacting with these digital artefacts.
Archaeology of Reading is a Andrew W. Mellon-funded project of John Hopkins University in collaboration with the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters and Princeton University Library. The project makes use of IIIF-compliant image stores and new technologies to bring together scattered evidence of the use of early modern books by professional readers such as John Dee and Gabriel Harvey and to create tools which support extensive annotation and annotation search functionalities.