The EAP website uses the Universal Viewer and the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) to display images. IIIF is a set of standards providing access to high quality images (and audio-visual material) allowing users to choose different viewers and tools to interact with cultural heritage content. Importantly, it enables deep zoom, and the comparison and annotation of content.
IIIF manifests are available for all archive images on our website. The details panel for each ‘File’ or ‘Item’ displays the IIIF icon linking to the manifest URL. Alternatively, add ‘/manifest’ to the URL (for example https://eap.bl.uk/archive-file/EAP099-1-2-5-2/manifest. Note that this only works with 'archive-file' pages/URLs).The short video below shows how IIIF manifests can be accessed.
We are aware that researchers accessing EAP content may have limited access to network connections, making it difficult to view EAP content online. In such circumstances, there is a tool available to enable the download of jpeg images to your computer. In order to use this tool you will need the IIIF manifest for the file.
The sharing of this tool is to help make EAP material more accessible to individuals. If you do use it, the downloaded images are for your own personal use; further sharing or publishing without the permission of the custodians is not authorised by EAP. For more information please see our Reuse of Collections and Takedown Policy page.
Single images can also be downloaded from within the IIIF manifests. For more information see the video here.
There are many other useful tools available to interact with IIIF resources. These include exhibition and guided viewing tools like Exhibit which allows users to create annotated stories using one or more IIIF manifests (some examples created by users).
You can also use alternative images viewers with different features such as Mirador. One of the key features of this viewer is that it allows for side-by-side comparison of images from different EAP collections, and even from different repositories, if they use IIIF. The example in the video below demonstrates this by using three images of the ruins of Baalbek, Lebanon, from the Endangered Archives Programme, Brown University Library, and the Getty Museum.
For a helpful list of some of the repositories that use IIIF please see here.