News Item | 13. July 2023
Annotations with Mirador 3
With the customized IIIF viewer Mirador arthistoricum.net provides a virtual working environment which allows scholars to conduct art historical research directly on millions of IIIF resources. In protected workspaces, which can be shared with other people, researchers can exchange information about images and collaboratively create, edit and annotate image corpora from IIIF resources. Different processing statuses are adjusted by a synchronisation function so that current changes are visible to all participants.
The viewer is being continuously developed in the context of NFDI4Culture in close exchange with the arthistoricum.net IIIF architecture. Last month we were able to release a new version of the customized image viewer. The new features concern the annotation module, which now has a much more intuitive and user-friendly interface. The central idea of the optimised and altogether clearer and tidier interface design is the new step-by-step processing of an annotation, which is oriented along the structural elements of the Web Annotation Data Model recommended by the W3C. The interoperable standard was the foundation for the further development of the annotation data model previously used in Mirador, which has been made more powerful and future-proof in recent weeks with a view to the requirements of a future publication workflow for micro-publications. In addition to adding zones and commentaries on content, users can now also define associated tags or keywords in an annotation and specify the authorship of the annotation via the new author field. Within a protected workspace, annotations can be assigned to individual users, which facilitates communication when working together on image corpora.
Thanks to the modular design all new features can be reused by developers around the globe. The source is available on the GitHub repository of SLUB Dresden at https://github.com/slub. Explore the new version of our customized image viewer at https://iiif.arthistoricum.net/mirador/.