Tutorial 3: Teaching with IIIF and Mirador
This basic tutorial will offer tips and tricks to those with little experience, and also provide pointers to more advanced information for those who want to dive deeper.


While there are multiple ways to produce transcriptions of IIIF-compliant materials, we're going to look From the Page for its ease of set-up and use. Below is an outline of what we'll cover when we look at this tool - but for a deeper dive please see the From the Page documentation (https://content.fromthepage.com/project-owner-documentation/)
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    Sign up for an account
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      if you just want to try out the platform, use the "Sign Up" option
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      if you think you might want to try running a class-sourced or crowd-sourced project, use the "Start Free Trial" option
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    To start your own project:
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      Find a IIIF object out in the world (see Tutorial 1 for hints about how to do that)
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      Load the object
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      Determine participation (limited, open to the world)
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      Determine transcription guidelines
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      Determine editorial practices
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    For an excellent overview of considerations when setting up a project in From the Page for teaching or classroom purposes, please see Dr. Laura Morreale's excellent slide deck at: https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=DEE5371AC7986DD7!1151&ithint=file%2cpptx&authkey=!AFlZ_xw_ufA5wdE
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    Get your data out when the project is complete


IIIF uses the Web Annotation model for associating information between web resources. Read more about this model at https://www.w3.org/TR/annotation-model/

Simple annotation creation

Using Annotations

Telling Stories with Annotations

CogApp: Storiiies - http://storiiies.cogapp.com/
How did we make this?
  • Go to the Storiiies Editor (link above)
  • Fill out the initial form
Storiiies Editor Form
  • Work through the interface to tell a story about your object
  • Save and share
Tip: we discussed finding the base image URL for a page within a IIIF item in the previous tutorials, but in short:


IIIF, because it provides a way to share resources on the web, is an excellent tool for reconstructing broken books or otherwise bringing together content held in many different institutions. Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis (director of the Medieval Academy of America) has incorporated this into her teaching at Simmons University and elsewhere to reconstruct manuscripts broken up by Otto Ege.

Puzzles & Fun

IIIF provides access to images hosted by institutions around the world. Because these institutions are using the IIIF APIs to share content, we can use those images in a number of different contexts - including image-based puzzles and games that just need a web-accessible image to operate. Bonus: you don't have to host the image, you can just use the image - and libraries, archives, and museums get to know their content is being used in new and creative ways.
Jigsaw Puzzles. Hat tip to Emma Stanford for sharing this. See her Twitter thread at https://twitter.com/e_stanf/status/1233102000151126017
Make your own:

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