The Digital Manuscripts Toolkit is a collaboration between scholars, developers and librarians, with the aim of making the International Image Interoperability Framework more accessible to a wide range of users. The Bodleian Libraries and the Mellon Foundation envisioned a set of tools that would enable small libraries with minimal IT support to build IIIF resources from start to finish, allow other IIIF users to pick and choose which tools fit their needs, and expose the flexibility and research potential of IIIF manifests to non-technical users.

The scholarly projects

In order to guide the development of the tools, the Bodleian solicited research proposals from Oxford academics that would utilize and challenge the capacities of IIIF. Small grants for research and digitization were awarded for four projects:

The technical requirements of these projects shaped the specifications of the toolkit, and Bodleian staff worked with the scholars to make innovative use of IIIF in digitizing the subjects of their research (for example, digitally stitching together a scroll that had been bound into a codex).

The project team

Principle Investigator

  • Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian

Project management, technical strategy and community engagement

  • Judith Siefring, Head of Digital Research, Bodleian Libraries
  • Emma Stanford, Digital Support & Community Engagement Officer, Bodleian Libraries
  • Matthew McGrattan, former Head of Technical Strategy, Bodleian Libraries
  • Chris Rogers, Digital Projects Manager, Bodleian Libraries

Technical development

  • Rafael Schwemmer, Director, text & bytes
  • Doug Kim, Senior Software Engineer, text & bytes
  • Thaddeus Lipinski, Web Applications Manager, Bodleian Libraries
  • Calvin Butcher, Software Engineer, Bodleian Libraries
  • Tanya Gray Jones, former Software Engineer, Bodleian Libraries
  • Monica Messaggi-Kaya, former Software Engineer, Bodleian Libraries

Web design and development

Open source software and copyright consultancy

  • Rowan Wilson, IT Services, University of Oxford

Steering Committee

  • Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian (Chair)
  • Andrew Bonnie, Chief of Digital Operations, Bodleian Libraries
  • Lucie Burgess, former Associate Director for Digital Libraries, Bodleian Libraries
  • Neil Jefferies, Head of Innovation, Bodleian Libraries
  • Martin Kauffmann, Head of Early and Rare Collections and Tolkien Curator of Medieval Manuscripts, Bodleian Libraries
  • Christine Madsen, former Head of Digital Programmes, Bodleian Libraries
  • Matthew McGrattan, former Head of Technical Strategy, Bodleian Libraries
  • Judith Siefring, Head of Digital Research, Bodleian Libraries

Advisory Committee

  • Gillian Evison, Head of Oriental Section, Bodleian Libraries
  • Martin Kauffmann, Head of Early and Rare Collections and Tolkien Curator of Medieval Manuscripts, Bodleian Libraries
  • Julia Walworth, Research Fellow and Librarian, Merton College, University of Oxford