I can make an HTML page with image tags that point at other people’s images: a page of Rembrandts from different art museums. If those images are open then it doesn’t matter whether my browser sends cookies for the publisher’s domain. …

The challenges facing IIIF

The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a set of open standards that enable the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the British Library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France and hundreds of other universities, museums and cultural heritage institutions worldwide to provide digitised books, manuscripts, artworks, audio…

“Have a look at this…” you might say, spinning the book round and marking the place with your finger.

IIIF Content State is how we point at things in IIIF.

Why do we want to point at things? So we can make a note for ourselves, or show someone else…

Although our work at The UK National Archives isn’t particularly about digitised content, I’ve still been thinking about how records map to IIIF, the model for presenting complex digital objects on the web.

This is how things are organised at The National Archives:

Archival hierarchy at The National Archives

There are over 400 Departments at the…

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This is part of a series. The part 1 considered why visitors to The National Archives on the web are confused. Part 2 delved into how we can help them find what they’re looking for. This final part looks at possible solutions.

Intelligent systems

One solution to the bafflement problem is to…

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This is part of a series. The first part considered why visitors to The National Archives on the web are confused. This part begins to look at ways of helping them out.

How do we reduce bafflement?

The feeling at The National Archives is that the bafflement would be reduced if the user’s mental model

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After 20 years of living in a world with Google in it, many web users consider themselves fairly sophisticated when it comes to finding things. That big search box leads us to likely-looking results, and we know how to tweak our queries if we sense them going down the wrong…

You often curl up with a book. You might even read your Kindle in the bath. But have you ever curled up with a viewer? Would you even consider it? If not, why not?

When a library photographs the pages and obtains the text of printed books, and presents those…

Introducing Digirati’s work with the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Delft University of Technology Library: we’ve been making tools that bring objects from a digitised collection into the editorial process.

Sketch designs for Static Site Generator, Delft University of Technology Library. Design: Studio Mellegers van Dam

How much time and effort can you spend on bespoke narratives built from collection content? …

This is the final part of a series of posts describing our work on the pilot archive project, Science in the Making.

The output of our second UX workshop gave us sketches for the key pages of the site. We also had a hard drive full of digitised TIFF masters…

Tom Crane

Technology Director, Digirati

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