The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Consortium seeks a dedicated staff member to serve as coordinator for IIIF technology. The IIIF Technology Coordinator will play a key role as the IIIF community expands, by serving as a facilitator, provisioner and maintainer of IIIF-related infrastructure; an expert consultant on IIIF technology issues for adopters and integrators; and a general resource for helping coordinate and support IIIF’s technical components. The IIIF Technology Coordinator will work hand-in-hand with and complement the IIIF Community & Communications Officer, who has a major focus on community and communications management. This may be a 70% to 100% time role.
Reporting Lines: The incumbent will be an employee of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Specifically, week-to-week activities supporting IIIF will be directed by the Chair of the IIIF Coordinating Committee or her/his designate, with high level direction coming from the chairperson of IIIF Executive Group. Administrative support and general working conditions will be provided by the Council on Library and Information Resources.
Duties for the Technology Coordinator include:
Provision and maintain IIIF technical and communications infrastructure.
This includes a combination of hands-on development and system support, as well as technical product and project management for components that may be sourced from the community or outsourced to a commercial firm. The Technology Coordinator will provide leadership in conjunction with the IIIF coordinating committee, editors, and community to assess and recommend improvement or new infrastructure. The IIIF infrastructure includes technologies supporting communications, adopters, and end-users:
- IIIF.io website publishing platform
- IIIF Demo / Sandbox environment (to demonstrate IIIF functionality with showcase apps and sites)
- IIIF validators (to confirm target servers and clients conform to the APIs)
- IIIF converters and shims (to help existing sites convert their images and/or data to be IIIF-compatible)
- IIIF registry of adopters and implementers. While the Community & Communications Officer will play a major role in populating the content (along with community input), the registry itself will require technical provisioning and maintenance.
- Other IIIF discovery components, including:
- Index of IIIF sites / content
- Central annotation store
IIIF Technical Expert / Advisor / Consultant to Adopters
With a deep understanding of IIIF APIs, data models, and compliant software, the Technology Coordinator will serve as a consultant and expert liaison on specific projects for those who are engaged with IIIF and may need guidance or expert interpretation on the technology. This includes for:
- Adopting repositories and technical staff looking to set up API endpoints and/or convert their data
- Software companies looking to make their products IIIF compatible
- Search aggregators (e.g., DPLA, Europeana, Flickr, Google, Artstor)
- Other open source projects with complementary efforts (acting as an integration broker)
- Other organizations / groups (such as IPTC)
- Those seeking grants to make their projects IIIF-compatible. It is envisioned this role may both help consult on proposals as well as be written in as an expert external resource.
Community Resource & Contributor to Advancing IIIF
As a dedicated expert focused on IIIF, the Technology Coordinator will serve as a general resource in helping advance the overall framework and community. This includes:
- Fielding technical queries on the IIIF email lists as able, especially for queries that are not replied to by other community members
- Helping gather and provide requirements and use cases to feed the technical specification process
- Helping validate draft specifications through independent implementations
- Helping test compliance/compatibility of software & implementations
- Understanding the general technical needs of IIIF adopters, and helping ensure appropriate technical support channels exist in the community
- This includes paying special attention to the requirements of IIIF-C members, who help support IIIF financially.
- Participate in IIIF-related grants and projects as a IIIF central resource (e.g., participating in proposal writing, project management, technical consulting, etc.)
- Working with the IIIF Community & Communications Officer to:
- Deliver training (especially the more technical aspects)
- Conduct marketing and outreach
- Maintain community content
- Support the IIIF-C Executive Committee, IIIF Coordinating Committee and community groups in defining objectives, strategies, and policies for IIIF; working with the IIIF Community & Communications Officer to facilitate community endeavors of these goals.
Required and Desired Skills & Experience
The ideal candidate:
- will be self-directed and highly organized;
- will possess well documented, demonstrated, and effective communication skills including oral, written, and presentation capabilities;
- will have sufficient and demonstrated technical depth to obtain both a conceptual and detailed understanding of the IIIF specifications and components in interoperable systems;
- will be facile with current, relevant web technologies and standards for web-based image delivery, and related technologies (search, audio-visual, 3d);
- will be savvy using GitHub, JSON-LD and linked data;
- will have demonstrated experience with at least one modern programming language, preferably Python and/or Ruby;
- will have hands-on experience managing production infrastructure;
- will have previous, direct experience with information technology in libraries, archives or museums;
- will be able to work with IIIF community members of all technical abilities;
- will be comfortable and thrive in an open community; and
- will be adept in fostering contributions and participation from a growing member and adopter base as well as commercial firms.
Travel required. Location anywhere in North America or Western Europe. Salary dependent upon qualifications; benefits as applicable.
Please send a cover letter and CV to Sheila Rabun, IIIF Communications and Coordination Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. CLIR is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. For more information about CLIR, visit our website at www.clir.org.