Associate Director for Digital Strategy
This session will highlight two community open source software projects led by the Stanford University Libraries (SUL) to facilitate access to digital image collections. An extension of Blacklight, Spotlight enables librarians, curators, and others to easily build Web-based exhibits that showcase digital collections. Originally intended to help scale the creation of online exhibits, Stanford is also exploring the possibility of making Spotlight available to faculty and students for use in the production of online scholarly publications or to produce class projects based on SUL’s digital holdings.
Mirador is an open-source, Web-based, multi-window, image viewing platform with the ability to zoom, display, compare and annotate images from around the world. It is a collaborative software development effort, driven largely by institutions interested in leveraging the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) to support comparative and interactive uses of image-based resources across libraries, museums and archives. Mirador serves as an example of IIIF in practice, and is being used to support a variety of research and teaching use-cases worldwide.
This project briefing will report on the main features, use cases and development progress of both Spotlight and Mirador. We will demonstrate both tools and highlight the potential for other institutions to contribute to their development while leveraging them for local needs.