The 2017 version of the Roman de la Rose Digital Library and the Christine de Pizan Digital Scriptorium employs an International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) viewer. You can find details on how to work with it on the page “How to Use the IIIF Viewer.” The aim of the IIIF community is to make access to high-quality images from museum, archives, and libraries more accessible by providing a uniform framework with which all of those institutions can work and by which they can easily share and compare image data. As the IIIF website explains, their goals are:

  • To give scholars an unprecedented level of uniform and rich access to image-based resources hosted around the world.
  • To define a set of common application programming interfaces that support interoperability between image repositories.
  • To develop, cultivate and document shared technologies, such as image servers and web clients, that provide a world-class user experience in viewing, comparing, manipulating and annotating images.

Hence, the IIIF viewer was an ideal choice for the latest versions of the Rose Digital Library and the Christine de Pizan Digital Scriptorium, since it not only provides the user with a versatile platform on which to view high-resolution manuscript images, but it will enable us to be part of a community of institutions sharing the wealth of our data.