Assistant Director for Digital Strategy and Access
Assistant Director for Information Technology
The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) standards and community have allowed many organizations to gain an advantage to provide cutting edge access to image and audiovisual resources in ways optimized for sharing across institutions. IIIF implementations can also improve the integration of digital objects across different user-facing applications within a single institution. Backed by the roots of a repository or digital asset management system, IIIF provides a “trunk” from which multiple front-ends can branch outwards to meet different user needs. Institutions thus can support a wide variety of access scenarios more easily, ensuring that the frontend systems stay in sync with the upstream data and providing a common seam for resources behind authentication. Accordingly, this provides an architecture that is both robust and flexible, and has been vital to rapid service development to support remote research and access during the pandemic.