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Mirador is an image collection viewing tool that allows users to view, zoom, and compare digital images. 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 at libraries, museums, and archives from around the world.

Why Use Mirador?

  • Mirador provides more than just a way to view images.  Mirador is a workspace for studying imagery.
  • Given high-resolution images, users can use Mirador to pan and zoom.
  • Metadata and rights information for objects is pulled directly from institutional repositories. If you use institutional collections, this work has already been done.
  • With multiple windows within the Mirador workspace, users can compare multiple images side-by-side, even images of different objects and from different institutions.

How to Add Mirador to Your Course:

Mirador displays collections of objects from institutional repositories.  At Princeton, this includes the Princeton University Library, Princeton University Art Museum, and the Visual Resources Collection in the department of Art & Archaeology.  Contact Ben Johnston at the the McGraw Center or Julia Gearhart in the Visual Resources Collection of the Department of Art and Archaeology to get started or for more information.

Additional Resources:

Project Mirador includes an example of Mirador in action.

Introducing Mirador 3: The next generation image comparison viewer, Stanford University Libraries

Digital medievalist: On Not Writing a Review about Mirador: Mirador, IIIF, and the Epistemological Gains of Distributed Digital Scholarly Resources

Posted by April 27, 2020