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Experiments at the MIT Libraries

Welcome to the Experiments program at the MIT Libraries. Experiments encourage risk-taking, rapid prototyping, and experimentation to support the innovative use of our data, collections, and services. We invite the MIT community to work along with us, submit their own hack, or suggest an experiment.

Below is the list of experiments that are currently in progress. It’s important to note that these are not intended to be fully supported tools or services, but instead opportunities to test, hack, provide feedback, iterate, and improve upon a concept.

As you explore the experiments, let us know how useful or interesting each is, and whether it should become a part of the supported tools and services the Libraries provide. Try them out and tell us what you think.

(Wondering what happened to a past experiment? Check out our graduates and graveyard.

Current Experiments

Class of 1982 Sequentiaryin Mirador using IIIF

preview of IIIF Sequentiary experiment
This experiment brings a rare archival object into the digital realm using the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) and the Mirador viewer which allows viewers to access, zoom, pan, and study this delicate artifact from the 15th or early 16th century. The MIT Libraries is experimenting with providing greater access to rare materials in our collections to broaden scholarly inquiry beyond the library walls.

Why this experiment?

An opportunity to collaborate with Prof. Myke Cuthbert and the Lewis Music Library around the Medieval and Renaissance Music (21M.220) class came out of the acquisition of this unique but fragile object and the earlier TryIIIF experiment in 2016.

Experiment runtime: Spring 2017