[This update comes from Monica Messaggi-Kaya, the DMT’s principal software developer and a front-end design expert at BDLSS. She has given us permission to adapt this post from her blog, and she has also shared her slides.]
I have worked at the Bodleian Libraries on the BDLSS department for a few years now. And inquiring about the Future of Web Design (FOWD) conference in January this year, I was pleasantly surprised to be invited to speak on the Future of Web Apps (FOWA) in October. The FOWA conference has a “Rising Stars” track for people who are new to speaking but have great skills and passion to share.
Since I was working on the Digital Manuscripts Toolkit (DMT) project, I thought it would be great to talk about the journey and the challenges of putting this toolkit together considering the amazingly rich examples of manuscripts the Bodleian Libraries have.
I spoke about the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF); with the aim to use, develop and repurpose digital manuscripts in interesting and innovative ways. Highlighted the steps to work with IIIF, introducing the Image API with the demo at http://iiif.io/#try-it, and Presentation API explaining about the primary resources (Manifest > Sequence > Canvas > Content) and their properties.
I carried on talking about the DMT Journey so far as the toolkit itself is a large combination of tools, and the one I was working on was the online editor. I’ve mentioned the possibility of having Docker images to create the Image server needed to satisfy one of the steps to work with IIIF. Then the IIIF metadata compliance that we’re achieving using Manifest Factory (Python); exemplified the discovery step with the Digital Mushaf project – that reunites Qur’anic manuscripts held by four institutions, and showed that we’re using a Mirador viewer instance to display and combine all these manuscripts into one sequence.
During the presentation I spoke about the research of existent tools and libraries that was done, to name a few of them: Grunt, Node.js, jQuery, Karma, underscore.js, pubsub.js, handlebars.js, URI.js, mousetrap.js, ZeroClipboard.js, d3.js, state-machine.js, tinymce.js, qTip2, sinon.js, Jasmine, Istanbul, Travis. Also demonstrated some viewers available to display and zoom images (OpenSeadragon, Mirador, UniversalViewer).
Finishing up the presentation, I was able to talk about our funded projects that represent a direct challenge and great examples on how the scholars could use our Manifest editor online:
- Anglo-Norman Apocalypse Manuscripts held in the Bodleian Library
- ROLLING HISTORY IN FIFTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND
- THE ROTA DOMINICE ORATIONIS DIGITISATION PROJECT
- Armenian Codicology and Palaeography
“you made some already amazing manuscripts even look more interesting”.