International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) refers to a series of specifications for making digital image repositories interoperable. Specifically, IIIF standardises the method for describing, presenting as well as for 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 through IIIF endpoints. Using these standards, institutions presenting their image through an IIIF endpoint become able to make those image accessible to any IIIF standard image viewing application (image viewer) around the world.
The novelty of the IIIF initiative is to divide content and viewer. This process makes image content accessible in a structured manner, allowing broad research perspectives that go beyond the local boundaries of image repositories. Accessing different repositories simultaneously and through a shared endpoint enables users to recompose image collections, to compare artefacts, and to employ fixed addresses and standards when making statements about images or specific parts in them.
Beyond developing processes for content presentation using an IIIF endpoint, Swiss Art Research Infrastructure (SARI) develops further components for the integration of this standard within current semantic information workflows.