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Teaching and Research w/ Digital Collections (Part 1): Navigating A World of High-Quality Primary Source Materials
January 19, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Scholarship of visual materials often requires close looking and comparison across works. Digitization programs at “GLAM” institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) around the world, including the UCLA Library, have resulted in extraordinary collections of digital facsimiles of rare and unique primary source books, documents, artifacts, and ephemera, available online. For scholarship and curricular research assignments, sophisticated digital viewers present high-resolution image-based content, which allows for close and comparative examination of materials. Interoperable content, which follows certain standards of web-delivery, has become crucial for institutions for contrasting objects from different collections. Increasing stability in digital visual scholarship means working from authority files from museums, libraries, and archives — institutions are committed to long term preservation and standards. Finding items of interest, however, can be a challenge, as digital collections are not universally searchable using familiar tools and practices, and they often differ between institutions.
This workshop will introduce participants to International Image Interoperability Framework or IIIF (generally pronounced “triple-eye-eff”), which is a way to standardize the delivery of images and audio/visual files from servers to different environments on the Web. In this first workshop session in a series of three, participants will learn:
- How to locate and use digital collections with IIIF content
- The benefits of IIIF materials for research and teaching
- Image API
- Presentation API
All levels are welcome. This workshop series is a collaboration between the UCLA Digital Library Program and the Office of Advanced Research Computing. Additional leadership provided by UCLA faculty who have been participating in the LMS Design Lab.
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you plan to join us in person, here are directions to the Portal: https://sandbox.oarc.ucla.edu/the-visualization-portal