Preparing Europeana for IIIF involvement

Europeana Tech
Expected timeframe: 1 February 2017 to:   30 June 2017

Chaired by:

This Task Force will identify the current trends and tendencies towards the handling of the emerging IIIF technology on the part of the Europeana content providers.

In recent years, the International Interoperability Framework (IIIF) has become a formidable community whose strong focus and cohesion has improved the online presentation, retrieval, and enrichment of images within the humanties and heritage sector. Finding great value in IIIF's products, services and its community, Europeana has adopted it but a large portion of the Europeana Network is unaware or unsure of IIIF and how it works. To investigate this further, EuropeanaTech has launched the IIIF Task Force led by the Austrian National Library.

The purpose of the proposed Task Force is to identify the current trends and tendencies towards the handling of the emerging IIIF technology on the part of the Europeana content providers. The Task Force will evaluate what are the necessary consequences for the Europeana Foundation of the results of this survey and give appropriate recommendations for future application of IIIF technologies within the Europeana ecosystem. To achieve this objective the Task Force members will a) survey the use of IIIF technologies on the part of the Europeana content providers, b) identify possible implementation problems and requirements on the part of Europeana stakeholders on the IIIF framework, c) make visible the first point of contact for partners who want to work with IIIF,d) identify who in the network is willing to be involved in future IIIF-related activities and e) discuss what role Europeana Foundation wants expert hubs and aggregators to play.


The Task Force’s goal fits perfectly into Europeana's efforts to expand Open Data as noted in the Europeana Business Plan “Creating Cultural Connections”. It will prepare the establishment of active exchange routines and mutual incentives with the IIIF framework. It also fits other goals and objectives, as listed below

  • Improve data quality

    • Innovate the way we aggregate material (using more direct way to access better-quality content using and contributing to a set of new standard APIs)

  • Open the data

    • Champion interoperability (Interoperability, data modelling and exchange of better interoperable content and content-level metadata)

    • Develop community-segmented services

      • Europeana Research (IIIF is a powerful enabler for researches in some fields)

      • Europeana Collections (boosting the way Collection services can exploit and provide access to digitized cultural material)


The proposed Task Force will present recommendations on the general use and handling of IIIF technologies within the Europeana ecosystem. Depending on the results of the enquiry the Task Force may lead in a proposal for the establishment of a future Working Group on the involvement of Europeana stakeholders in the IIIF developer community containing a list of prioritized activities for the months and years to come.

Communication of results

We intend to inform the Europeana Community about the Task Force’s outcome via an entry in the blogs of Europeana Pro and Europeana Lab, the relevant email lists (e.g. EuropeanaTech list) as well as via a Twitter campaign with the help from the EF communication officers. Furthermore the IIIF developer community will be kept in the loop via their communication channels. If possible, the recommendations will be presented at conferences and workshops relevant to the topic.