Create a IIIF Manifest using the Digirati Manifest Editor

The Digirati Manifest editor provides more functionality than the Bodleian Manifest Editor that we used in the previous task. Specifically it supports version 3 of the IIIF specifications which allows you to add Video or Audio items to a canvas.

Gather images

First, assemble a list of IIIF info.json URLs for your content. They should all be on HTTPS URLs (not unsecure HTTP).

Steps to create your Manifest

Step 1

Navigate to the editor at and click on the Create Empty Manifest option at the bottom of the page:

Manifest Editor Splash Screen

If you have previously been editing a Manifest in the editor, it will resume from where you left off. You can start a fresh Manifest from the File menu: File -> New -> Blank Manifest

Step 2

Click the Add canvas link in the left hand menu

Add Canvas

The Manifest Editor has a number of helpers for quickly creating Canvases from different sources. In this case, we're using IIIF Image Services. Select the Image Service option from the panel on the right.

Create a Canvas from an Image Service

Paste the URL of the info.json into the text box and click Create.

Paste the Image Service URL

Once the image is loaded you should see something similar to the screenshot below. Note it may take a few minutes for the image to load if you are using the Internet Archive.

Newly created canvas

Now edit the Canvas label, replacing the words "Untitled canvas" in the Label field in the right-hand panel:

Editing the label

Now repeat these steps to add a second canvas to your manifest by clicking the higlighted Add Canvas link on the left hand side. Once you've added a second canvas this will be listed on the left hand side:

A second canvas

Step 3

We are now going to edit the Manifest metadata to change the label. First click the Edit manifest link at the top of the left panel. This changes the subject of the right panel. The right panel always edits whatever is selected in the left hand or center panels.

Edit manifest

Now edit the Manifest label:

Edit the manifest label

Step 4

Now we are going to save and download the Manifest for the next stage.

In the menu, click File -> Export.

The Manifest Editor gives you the option of IIIF Presentation 3 or 2. Click the Download button for Presentation 3:

Export a manifest

This will save to your default downloads location.

Step 5

You should now create a directory to store all of the manifests and other things we create during the course. We suggest you call it iiif-workshop and you move the downloaded Manifest to this directory and call it manifest.json.

Last modified by dnoneill 2024-05-21 20:26:10
Created by dnoneill 2024-05-21 20:26:10

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