Artificial Intelligence and the linking of digital hertiage data 9th of november in Brussels

The recently started BELSPO-funded INSIGHT project (Intelligent Neural Systems as Integrated Heritage Tools) organizes a launch event on 9 November 2017. This event will take the form of an afternoon of plenaries by internationally recognized speakers on topics relating to Artificial Intelligence, Heritage data and Digital Art history. This afternoon will take place at the Musical Instruments Museum in Brussels (Hofbergstraat 2, Brussels). Afterwards you are cordially invited to a reception. Registration is free but participants are invited to register through sending an email to

Our colleague Roxanne Wyns (LIBIS) will speak about IIIF.

  • 13:00-13:45: Seth van Hooland (Université Libre de Bruxelles): Understanding the perils of Linked Data through the history of data modeling
  • 13:45-14:30: Benoit Seguin (École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne): The Replica Project: Navigating Iconographic Collections at Scale
  • 14:30-15:15: Roxanne Wyns (LIBIS/KU Leuven): International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). Sharing high-resolution images across institutional boundaries
  • 15:15-15:45: Break
  • 15:45-16:30: Saskia Scheltjens (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam): Open Rijksmuseum Data: challenges and opportunities
  • 16:30-17:15: Nanne van Noord (Universiteit Tilburg): Learning visual representations of style
  • 17:15-18:30: Reception

More information about the presentation of Roxanne Wyns: 
IIIF or the International Image Interoperability Framework is a community-developed framework for sharing high-resolution images in an efficient and standardized way across institutional boundaries. Using an IIIF manifest URL, a researcher can simply pull the images and related contextual information such as the structure of a complex object or document, metadata and rights information into any IIIF compliant viewer such as the Mirador viewer. Simply put, a researcher can access a digital resource from the British Library and from the KU Leuven Libraries in a single viewer for research, while allowing the institutions to exert control over the quality and context of the resources offered. KU Leuven implemented IIIF in 2015 in the framework of the project and has since been using it in a number of Digital Humanities projects with a focus on high-resolution image databases for research. By now the IIIF community has grown considerably with institutions such as the ‘The J. Paul Getty Trust’ and the ’Bibliotheca Vaticana’ implementing it as a standard and providing swift and standardized access to thousands of resources. Its potential has however not reached its limits with ongoing work on aspects such IIIF resource discovery and harvesting of manifest URLs, annotation functions and an extension to include audio-visual material. The presentation will introduce IIIF and its concepts, highlight projects and viewers, and give an in-depth view of its current and future application options.

Roxanne Wyns studied History of Art and Archaeology at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Since 2009 she worked on several European projects, specialising in standards, multilingual thesaurus management, and data interoperability and aggregation processes. At LIBIS – KU Leuven she supports KU Leuven and its partners in realizing their digital strategy. She is involved in several research infrastructure projects and supports the ‘Services for researchers’ in the framework of Research Data Management (RDM). Roxanne is actively involved in the IIIF community and is a member of the Dariah-EU Scientific Advisory Board.

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More about the launch event.
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