IIIF with 3D information

3D surface recording creates new possibilities for the ways in which libraries and collections can handle, preserve and share their collections. By incorporating 3D scanning technology into the Digital Bodleian platform, ARCHiOx has enhanced the display of item-level metadata and enabled users to view and download the highest-quality resolution images and 3D models for non-commercial research and teaching purposes.

The work with the Selene Photometric Stereo System was the first time a 3D scanning technology had been systematically integrated into the Bodleian’s workflow.

By customising and adapting the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) for 3D integration, the Bodleian is paving the way for a more immersive and engaging experience for researchers, educators, and users worldwide. Digital Bodleian uses the Mirador image browser but until the innovations developed in 2022 by the ARCHiOx team, viewing 3D data within IIIF protocols was not possible. At the end of 2022 a Mirador plug-in was developed to allow researchers to view depth-map renders with a ‘digital torch’. This facilitates highly localised control over the surface of objects. This application will soon be available on Digital Bodleian. Work is now focused on how to make this tool more user-friendly and intuitive so that it can be used for epigraphic study and research by academics without specialist 3D knowledge and without technical support.