The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a series of specifications for making digital image repository interoperable. Specifically, IIIF standardises the method for describing, presenting and delivering images or collection of images over the web.
The objective is to have the possibility to share data and information, as well as browse diverse image repositories using IIIF endpoints. Each institution presenting their image throughout an IIIF endpoint, in fact, would be able to make those image accessible to any IIIF standard image viewer around the world. The novelty of the IIIF initiative is to dive the content and the viewer, making the content accessible to a set of them in an orderly manner, allowing a broad perspective across image repositories. The possibility to access different repositories together allow the user to re-compose collections, compare artefacts and more importantly have fixed addresses and standards for making statements about these images, or a specific part of them.
The effort of the Swiss Art Research Infrastructure is not only aimed at the content presentation, using an IIIF endpoint, but also to develop further components useful for the integration of this standard within current semantic information workflows.