General track 4: Managing images
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Mirador + IIIF: Supercharging your Repository with an Interactive, Cross-Site, Research Workbench
Stanford University, United States of America
Mirador is an open source, image viewing and analysis tool increasingly being used as an object viewer for digital repositories. An outgrowth of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), it is now a thriving project in its own right, with an international community of contributing institutions and developers. More than just a IIIF comparison viewer, Mirador is emerging as the foundation of a research workbench for digital repositories and their users. It not only serves as a viewer, but also allows users to interact, analyze and mark up repository objects—from multiple different sources at the same time. It is currently being used for textual analysis & transcription projects; museum object conservation; class-room based teaching; interactive exhibit displays; multispectral image manipulation and a digital annotation platform. Drawing on examples from Stanford, the Vatican, and beyond, this session will demonstrate the ground-breaking possibilities for repository-driven research, teaching and publications with Mirador and IIIF as an underlying platform.
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Creating a network of connections – how the Biodiversity Heritage Library adds social value to science
1Museums Victoria, Australia; 2Harvard University, USA; 3Natural History Museum, UK
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a global collaborative program that aims to provide free and open access to digitized biodiversity literature. It is run by a consortium of libraries based in museums, herbaria and universities with over fifty libraries contributing from all around the world. As an aggregator of content, the Biodiversity Heritage Library both links to and links from other aggregators, and provides a pipeline for content to flow between them. For collecting institutions, such as museums and herbaria, BHL provides a way to enrich collection specimens by linking between the specimen and the literature. Connections can be made to follow the first description of species and subsequent changes of name. Networks of links can also be made between the literature accessible through BHL and other aggregators, some related to the literature and library, some related to the science, and even through the images. This paper will be of interest to anyone who finds science, and old and new books fascinating.
2:30pm - 3:00pm
The Sinai Palimpsests: A Scholars' Workspace
UCLA, United States of America
The Sinai Palimpsests project is using state-of-the-art spectral imaging to recover erased texts from palimpsest manuscripts in the library of St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai, the world’s oldest continually operating monastery. Palimpsests are documents that are written on parchment that had been used for a different document, but then erased to allow for reuse. These texts were often rebound after being erased, presenting unique challenges in the preservation and presentation of these newly surfaced materials. This unique project is an ongoing collaboration between imaging scientists, scholars and librarians. UCLA Library's role in the project is to create a repository-backed Scholar's Workspace that facilitates collaborative research by scholars around the world. This workspace enables the viewing, manipulation, and comparison of images of manuscript leaves, and the on-the-fly reconstruction of Under-Text Objects (UTOs), previously unavailable to scholars. The project is ongoing, but the presenters will describe and demo the current state of the workspace and repository back-end, where future development will improve existing functionality, some of the challenges that have been overcome, and the project’s current challenges.