Month: May 2016

IIIF will fundamentally change the way we deliver and use images on the web

IIIFWouldn’t it be great to be able to virtually reconstruct a manuscript whose physical pages are dispersed among multiple archives?

How about easily using a virtual lightbox to compare art images from museums around the world?

Don’t you want to be able to crop, zoom, annotate, embed, and reuse these images within your own websites to make scholarly arguments?

And what if you could do this without even having to download any images from any websites?

IIIF, the International Image Interoperability Framework, is designed to make this dream a reality. IIIF is a set of specifications designed to facilitate image (and eventually 3D image and multimedia) sharing among cultural heritage institutions (libraries, archives, museums, etc.) and provide users the ability to do the things described above.

I just attended the 2016 IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) conference in NYC.  We saw examples of how IIIF is currently working, including a few different viewers for using IIIF-compliant images. Watch this short demo of a tool called Mirador, which showcases the key functionality of IIIF.

Basically, what institutions with image collections need to do is set up their image repositories to be IIIF compliant and the user needs to use a IIIF-compliant viewer, and away they go! The IIIF website has information on technical details and the IIIF community page has information at the bottom about how to stay informed, get involved, and find IIIF documentation, code, and specifications on github.

Over the coming year NYU Libraries will be exploring this technology and considering how to expand access to our many digital collections.

We’re hiring a Graduate Student Specialist!

Do you like digital humanities, research, and money? We have just the position for you! Digital Scholarship Services is hiring a part-time Graduate Student Specialist to work with us this summer (and beyond, ideally).

We have a few big projects we need your help on:
– Preliminary research for a humanities data sharing project,
– Supporting our Web Hosting pilot, and
– Documentation! The bedrock of every successful project.

We’re looking for someone with strong communication skills, an understanding of the research process, and an interest in exploring technologies used DH project — you don’t need to be an expert by any means, just a little experience and, more importantly, curiosity about how technology works.

Did we mention the pay is good? Like twice the minimum union rate for grad students! Also, while the position is advertised as part-time, we may be able to offer more hours/week during the summer.

Find out more info about the job on CareerNet, reference number 1028968.

Contact digital.scholarship@nyu.edu if you have any questions, and submit your application materials (resume and cover letter) on CareerNet, reference number 1028968.

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