The International Image Interoperability Framework: What Is It and How Can I Use It? Workshop

Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop
May 11, 2018

Hosted by The University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Visual Resources Association Foundation


Access to image-based resources is fundamental to research, scholarship and the transmission of cultural knowledge. Digital images are a container for much of the information content in the Web-based delivery of images, books, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, scrolls, single sheet collections, and archival materials. Yet much of the Internet’s image-based resources are locked up in silos, with access restricted to bespoke, locally built applications. The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a set of shared application programming interface (API) specifications for interoperable functionality in digital image repositories. The IIIF is comprised of and driven by a community of libraries, museums, archives, software companies, and other organizations working together to create, test, refine, implement and promote the IIIF specifications. This workshop will provide a clear sense of what IIIF is, how it works, and how it can be applied to enhance image access and resource sharing.

Important note: The instructors will provide all of the workshop material online and will facilitate interactive exercises. Please bring a laptop with a browser that supports HTML 5 (see for the latest browser versions. The latest version of Firefox and any of the recent versions of Chrome should be fine.)


  • 9:15-9:45 Arrival (check-in); light refreshments will be on offer
  • 9:55 Introductory Remarks
  • 10:00 Introduction to IIIF
  • 11:00 Image API (Lectures & Exercises)
  • 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 Presentation API (Lectures & Exercises)
  • 2:30 Annotations
  • 3:00 Coffee Break
  • 3:30 Authentication API
  • 3:45 Search API
  • 4:00 Getting Involved with IIIF
  • 4:15 Final Thoughts


The workshop will be taught by Ben Brumfield and Sara Carlstead Brumfield of Brumfield Labs.  Ben and Sara have been working with IIIF for years, participating and presenting in IIIF groups on discovery and manuscripts, and leading workshops for museums and libraries. Their technical projects include building IIIF support into FromThePage, a manuscript transcription software and developing Pontiiif, an IIIF manifest search engine.

Ben Brumfield’s CV / Sara Carlstead Brumfield’s LinkedIn profile


The workshop fee is $125. Registration for this workshop is now closed.

PLEASE NOTE: On-site registrations will not be accepted for this workshop.

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director,


Cancellations for the VRAF Regional Workshop will only be accepted until May 1, 2018. Until this time, registrants will be refunded their full fee minus a $25 service charge. After May 1, cancellations will not be refunded. While every attempt will be made to hold the workshop on May 11, 2018, if inclement weather prevents either the instructor or a large number of participants from attending, the workshop will be rescheduled. Refunds of the registration fee will only be issued if you are unable to attend the workshop on the rescheduled date. The VRAF is not responsible for refunding any previously made travel or lodging arrangements.


Workshop Location:

Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL), Learning Lab 1 / The University of Texas at Austin / 101 E 21st St, Austin, TX 78712

Map your location to PCL here.

Learning Lab 1 is located on the entry level (2nd floor), Room 2.370.1


See this detailed list of all ground transportation originating from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, including a list of Rideshare options that serve the greater-Austin area.


For on-campus parking, we recommend parking in the Brazos Garage. Parking in this garage is self-pay at a rate of $18/day. Additional information about parking garage rates can be viewed here.

Brazos Garage / 210 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. / Austin, TX

Wifi Information

Wi-fi will be provided free of charge for all participants.


The on-campus AT&T Hotel and Conference Center is a short 3 minute walk from the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL), Learning Lab 1 where the workshop will be held.

For a list of other options, see this site.

Lunch options nearby (Please note that the registration fee does not include lunch costs.)

Blanton Museum, Blanton Cafe, 210 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Lunch Menu

AT & T Hotel and Conference Center, Gabriels’ Café  1900 University Avenue, Lunch Menu

Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, Texas Expresso, 2110 San Jacinto Boulevard

 Things to do near University of Texas at Austin (and make your visit a long weekend!)

 Blanton Museum of Art and Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin (4 minute walk from PCL)

Harry Ransom Center (5 minute walk from PCL)

James Turrell’s Skyspace The Color Inside (3 minute walk from PCL)

Workshop Contacts:

 For questions about The University of Texas at Austin venue, contact Sydney Kilgore ( or Elizabeth Schaub (

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director,