Stefano Cossu, Software Architect, J. Paul Getty Trust

Stefano Cossu was Director of Application Services at the Art Institute of Chicago from 2012 to 2018 where he oversaw the implementation of a DAMS for the Collections and the publishing of 100,000 collection images online using IIIF. He recently joined the Getty Trust as a Software Architect, where he is collaboratively implementing a large-scale consolidation of the Getty’s visual materials, many millions of images from several Getty programs that will be served online via IIIF. Stefano is an advocate of open source, open access, open standards, and digital literacy in the humanities. He is currently a member of the Fedora Steering Group, the IIIF technical review committee, and chair of the MCN IIIF SIG. He has spoken at MCN and other digital cultural heritage conferences about Linked Data, repository technologies, DAM, and IIIF.


Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass, Collections Data Manager, Yale Center for British Art

Emmanuelle is currently the Collections Data Manager at the Yale Center for British Art, where she started working in 2006 as the Collections Catalog Specialist. In her current role, she oversees the creation of and access to the museum’s collections data. She plays the lead role in ensuring its intellectual and technical integrity. She identifies and implements new data standards and technologies to disseminate to as wide an audience as possible as well as to support the scholarly mission of the Center. She is currently the Secretary for the International Image Interoperability Framework, and has been an ICOM CIDOC board member since 2013. She previously worked at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Louvre Museum. She has a Master’s of Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Museums need reliable image delivery to support rich visitor experiences and internal information management. Moreover, internal and cross-institutional collaborations, and the development of knowledge—elements which are at the core of each museum’s mission—require well-established standards and protocols to share, discover and compare visual materials and metadata.

This SIG proposes to be the resource for knowledge about the benefits of the IIIF standard as well as be a link to the IIIF community. The goal of this SIG is to foster interest in IIIF, especially in regard to its collaborative nature based on the standardization of information and tools; inform the MCN community of the latest IIIF activities and technical developments; and to leverage expertise in the MCN community by documenting IIIF use cases and welcoming technical feedback that can be passed on to the IIIF Specifications Editors.

The IIIF SIG intends to leverage the existing communication channels that are currently used by the IIIF open community at large, which does not require membership, such as the IIIF lists (Discuss and others), Slack, email, GitHub. The IIIF MCN SIG will also coordinate with the IIIF Community, share notes and report back and integrate with IIIFers. All documentation maintained by the IIIF Community is universally available.

Relevant topics include: 
  • Patterns and best practices for delivering and sharing visual resources and metadata
  • Tools to better engage museum visitors and staff with digital resources
  • Dialogue with vendors to encourage the support of IIIF in software products commonly
    used by museums
  • Engaging with an open source community to build shared digital standards and
  • The role of community input in IIIF to drive technical specifications

The group communicates via the MCN’s Basecamp message board, which you’ll have access to when you join this group.