[CODE4LIB] (respost) Request for Comment: IIIF Image API Proposal

2012-05-10 Thread Stuart K. Snydman

(apologies for the repost; original not received by many)

The International Image Interoperability Framework 
(http://lib.stanford.edu/iiif) is an initiative driven by several major 
research and national libraries to enable the rich and robust delivery 
of digital images through common interfaces, and to spur the development 
of open source and commercial software solutions in this space.

The IIIF Working Group invites comment and feedback on a proposed API 
for the the delivery of images via a standard http request. The full 
specification can be found at:


The IIIF Image API specifies a web service that returns an image in 
response to a standard http or https request. The URL can specify the 
region, size, rotation, quality characteristics and format of the 
requested image. A URL can also be constructed to request basic 
technical information about the image to support client applications.

The IIIF Image API was conceived of to facilitate systematic reuse of 
image resources, and enable their delivery through a diversity of 
software applications and environments, regardless of underlying 
technology platforms. The API is designed to be adoptable by any image 
repository or service provider, and can be used to retrieve static 
images in response to a properly constructed URL. We invite you to read 
this specification and provide us critical feedback.

Please send feedback to iiif-feedb...@googlegroups.com by June 22, 2012.

Once all feedback is reviewed and incorporated, we will release the 
specification for adoption.

If you would like to follow future IIIF-related developments, you may be 
interested in joining the initiative's announcements email list 

If you would like to participate in IIIF's development, and/or implement 
or consume the API for your image repository or image delivery software, 
we encourage you to join the IIIF discussion email list 

With many thanks for your feedback,

The IIIF Working Group

[CODE4LIB] JOB OPENING : Web Developer at the Stanford University Libraries

2010-11-01 Thread Stuart K. Snydman

To view the position description and apply:

1. Go to http://jobs.stanford.edu/find_a_job.html
2. Keyword search for 40447


Stanford University Libraries is seeking a talented web developer to 
support scholarship in the digital age by delivering on the promises of 
the digital library. This is a 21-month, grant-funded position.

The Web Developer will primarily develop digital library software to 
enable online discovery, viewing and collaborative annotation of digital 
library materials. He or she will develop and deploy web services to 
enable interoperability between digital library repositories at 
different institutions, and will integrate image annotation and 
transcription tools into digital library applications. The Web Developer 
will be a member of a core team dedicated to the successful completion 
of a grant-funded project, and will work closely with the project 
manager, the information architect, digital library infrastructure 
developers, the user experience designer and other web developers 
involved in digital humanities initiatives. This particular project is 
highly collaborative, and will involve interactions with developers, 
scholars and staff from other institutions. Developing and implementing 
open standards and open source software is an explicit objective of the 

As a member of SULAIR’s web development team, the Web Developer will 
contribute to the overall development of the Stanford Library’s web and 
digital library infrastructure, and help plan, specify, and build the 
technologies needed to support the University’s goal of ubiquitous 
access to scholarly information.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Design and deploy RESTful web services for exposing and delivering 
metadata and images from digital library repositories at Stanford and 
elsewhere. Develop technical documentation describing the web services 
framework, and work with partners to deploy these web services at other 
• Analyze, enrich, and transform digitized content and associated 
metadata into defined formats, schema and systems. This will involve 
automated manipulation of XML-based metadata as well as bulk conversion 
and ingestion of digital image files into digital library repository 
systems (such as Fedora).
• Develop and deploy an online discovery environment that allows 
visitors to search metadata and full-text indexes of digital library 
data, and provides users tools to interact with those data. These 
web-based tools will support text transcription (from scanned images), 
image annotation and online group collaboration.
• Develop and deploy technologies to deliver to the web large digitized 
images. This includes implementation of a load balanced JPEG2000 image 
server, supporting web services for streaming images over http and 
implementation of an image viewing application.
• Produce documentation and provide technical support within SULAIR and 
to partner institutions in deploying and implementing these technologies 
in different digital library environments.

Required Knowledge and Skills

• Participation in at least one web development project using Ruby on 
Rails, Java or PHP. Familiarity with a range of programming and 
scripting languages is essential; Ruby on Rails expertise is highly 
• Demonstrated ability to write solid, simple, elegant code both 
independently and in a team-programming environment and within schedule 
• In-depth knowledge of HTML and related website development 
technologies and software (especially Javascript, CSS and PHP).
• Demonstrated expertise with XML and related tools and technologies 
(e.g., XML schema, schema management and databases, XSLT, X-forms).
• Experience with relational database design and management. Experience 
implementing database applications for SQL Server, Oracle, or MySQL.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently on a project from 
specification to launch; communicate effectively, orally and in writing; 
and work with all levels of staff, vendors, and consultants.
• Demonstrated proficiency working on a cross-functional web development 
team, including human-computer interaction specialists, system 
administrators, database programmers, librarians and end users.
• Demonstrated proficiency applying best practices to technical 
projects, especially test-first development and automated testing. Also 
must make effective use of team collaboration tools, build management, 
and version control systems.
• Demonstrated success participating in and contributing to open source 
software development projects.
• Demonstrated experience with library applications and technology, 
including experience participating in relevant library open source efforts.
• In-depth knowledge of library policies and practice, metadata 
standards and the scholarly communication framework
• Quick and self-bootstrapping learner. Particularly adept at quickly 
learning new scripting and programming languages.