Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums

Exposing Museum Collections

The Harvard Art Museums are experimenting with interoperability by using the Harvard libraries implementation of the IIIF image API on the Harvard Digital Repository Service (DRS). The Harvard Art Museums exposes collection image URLs and IIIF URIs to the DRS services as part of the dataset accessible through the museums API (see http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collections/api). In conjunction with exposing IIIF compatible image URIs the museums run a manifest service for exposing IIIF compatible presentation manifest files. The museums manifest server is based on software that was developed for HarvardX see Additional information on the museums implementation is at https://github.com/harvardartmuseums/api-docs#iiif.

Mirador

In order to take advantage of the IIIF services, Mirador has been integrated in to the museums’ website as a module in the builder tool. The builder tool is accessible to Harvard faculty and students and is used to design and construct multimedia narratives. Narratives built by the museums are accessed directly on the website as part of tours (http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/tour) and special collections (http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collections/special-collections). Along with the builder integration, an experimental version of Mirador is available at http://apps.harvardartmuseums.org/mirador/. This version integrates the Harvard Art Museums API in order to showcase how seamless IIIF compatible data flows in to viewers like Mirador.