The recent development of new viewers (and viewing experiences) for IIIF images (what is IIIF?) by the V&A and the Folger Shakespeare Library led us both to consider how we might take the work the other has done and ‘port’ it across to each others websites and, more generally, make it available for wider use. This has reached an early (alpha!) stage, just in time for the IIIF 2019 conference this week, and so this blogpost is a sneak preview of the work we have done in taking the Folger’s Universal Viewer plugin for WordPress (the software platform this blog and 1/3 of the web runs on). This has required some adaptions for use outside of the original infrastructure the Folger built it for. This is the tricky part, and will be the subject of our joint presentation this week at the conference this week.
As a first example, what better then to show an object we both hold in common – something that is part of the fabric of the Folger’s building in Washington D.C., the sculptural reliefs carved by sculptor John Gregory. We have eight photographs of the reliefs in our collection, taken during the 1920s. The Folger has nine photographs of the sculptures in situ on their building from 1932: