Seeking to break down geographical barriers to scholarship, libraries across the world have built freely available, interoperable image archives based on the standards of IIIF. Until now, however, the experience of using these digital archives has largely mirrored the experience of paging passively through the original collections.

The IIIF manifest editor makes it possible to rip pages out of a virtual manuscript. Scholars can reconstruct a fragmented Qur’an using images from across the globe; rearrange the pages of a misbound psalter; build a sequence that allows students to click through the evolution of perspective in Renaissance art; or make corrections to labels and metadata that can be fed back into a digital library. All this is possible within a lightweight browser-based tool, and the manifests created with our editor can be loaded into Mirador, the Universal Viewer, or any other IIIF viewing software.

What is a manifest?

A manifest is a recipe for displaying digitized images and metadata, allowing you to specify which images and in what order. The finished product is a JSON-LD file that can be loaded into any IIIF viewer.

What you can do

  • Import manifests from any IIIF-compliant institution
  • Build a new image sequence from existing manifests using a simple drag-and-drop tool
  • Create and edit metadata fields—no knowledge of JSON-LD required
  • Delete multiple images with shift+click
  • Automatically apply foliation or pagination labels
  • Check your work with the built-in manifest validator
  • Install the tool on your own server in minutes

Who it’s for

  • Scholars working with digitized texts or images
  • Teachers of palaeography or art history
  • Librarians seeking to correct or expand digitized image sequences and metadata

What you’ll need

  • A local installation of the tool at your institution
  • A source of existing IIIF manifests
  • A place to upload new manifests

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