Mirador is an image collection viewing tool that allows users to view, zoom, and compare digital images from institutional repositories such as Princeton University Library and the Princeton University Art Museum. Mirador provides a tiled, windowed workspace for side-by-side comparison of multiple image-based resources and supports zooming, metadata display, book layout, bookmarking, and more. Based on the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), a set of technical standards for media distribution, Mirador can be used to display image collections hosted not only at Princeton but at libraries, museums, and archives from around the world. Mirador also includes annotation tools that allow students to highlight areas of an image, leave comments, and respond to each other’s comments.
There are now quite a few options for the annotation of images at Princeton, including VoiceThread, Perusall, and McGraw Commons (McGraw’s course blogging platform) using the Annotorius plugin developed at the McGraw Center. The Mirador annotation tools, however, build upon the exciting oppportunities of using IIIF-related technologies such as Mirador, are closely tied to the rich array of digital resources of the University, and are networked in a way such that if a subsequent class uses the same digital asset, annotations can build upon those of previous semesters. There are quite a few options for annotating media, but if you are working with digital resources from the Library or Art Museum, contact the Educational and Classroom Technologies group to learn more about integrating Mirador and Mirador’s annotation tools into your Canvas course site.