We’ve been working with developers to build open source tools for presenting digital library content online. Developers and researchers are welcome to use and contribute to the code repositories hosted on Github.
The Universal Viewer (UV) is a deep-zoom viewer using OpenSeadragon and the IIIF Image API. It supersedes Wellcome Library’s first digital asset viewer, the Wellcome Player. This is an open source project with contributions from our development partners Digirati, Wellcome Library, British Library, National Library of Wales and Villanova University. More collaborators are welcome!
We’re currently in the process of moving to the Universal Viewer; more to come in Autumn 2015!
Wellcome Library needed a way to present information and images in a timeline format. This interactive timeline, developed by Digirati and Clearleft, can be reused across many content management systems. It uses jQuery, jQueryUI, moment, iScroll, jQuery Address, easyXDM, and JSON2.
MARCXML to PostgreSQL
As part of the What’s In The Library? prototyping project, our developers at Good, Form & Spectacle built this MARCXML to PostgreSQL Ingester which was used to ingest 962,000 MARC catalogue records into a database for further manipulation.
National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings Browser
Good, Form & Spectacle also built a little tool to navigate the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) tree.
Data standards and services
IIIF: International Image Interoperability Framework
The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) allows students, scholars and repositories to share and compare digital images of books, manuscripts, scrolls, archival materials and more, so long as the images and the image viewers or websites are IIIF-compliant. IIIF can also enable building of applications for transcription and annotation, and quick-loading digital library interfaces.
We’re a founding member of the IIIF Consortium, and with colleagues from across an international community of research libraries, repositories and other cultural heritage institutions, we are contributing to the development of IIIF and its APIs. We will make all of our digitised content IIIF-compliant by the end of 2015.
Digital Library Cloud Services
Digirati is prototyping the Digital Library Cloud Services (DLCS) platform, initially to serve up Wellcome Library's digitial library content. The ambition is to develop additional services for cultural heritage digital projects, including OCR indexing and searching, annotation storage, easy to use APIs in addition to IIIF-compliant image hosting. These shared services will be opened up to museums, libraries, archives and other institutions whose IT resources may not support building the necessary infrastructure.
Get in touch
We're always interested to hear about other open source digital library projects under development, and to share information about our own projects. Comments, conversation and feedback are always welcome.
Email us at LibraryWebEditorial@wellcome.ac.uk and we will put you in touch with the relevant people or teams.