June 1, 2020 all-day
Harvard University
1465-1483 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
Rashmi Singhal
Statement from IIIF-C regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) (Updated 2020-03-13)

Given the global health concerns surrounding Covid-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the IIIF Annual Conference, scheduled to take place in Boston from June 1-4, 2020. We will communicate as soon as we can about when we expect to be able to hold this event safely. In the meantime, we are exploring virtual options in order to continue providing opportunities to share and learn from the IIIF community’s extensive experience and output.

We reached this decision in collaboration with our local hosts, Harvard and MIT, and based on reports from institutions around the world that have restricted travel for the foreseeable future. Given the trajectory of news in recent days and hours, it is clear that the most ethical course of action is to postpone large in-person gatherings. We encourage you to review updates and guidelines from global health authorities such as the WHO, the CDC, as well as state and local authorities.

We are immensely grateful for the efforts that members of the IIIF community have already poured into preparing for the conference, including submitting proposals, evaluating program guidelines and submissions, and planning for on-the-ground logistics. We apologize for the disruption this may cause, and we appreciate your understanding as we keep the best interest of the community in mind.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us via events@iiif.io.

The 2020 International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Annual Conference will be held in Boston June 1-4, 2020, and will be hosted jointly by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The Conference is intended for a wide range of participants and interested parties, including digital image repository managers, content curators, software developers, scholars, and administrators at libraries, museums, cultural heritage institutions, software firms, and other organizations working with digital images and audio/visual materials.

All event proceedings will be in English.


  • Registration: Available early 2020
  • Dates: June 1-4, 2020
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Cost: To be decided but there will be a cost to cover the conference costs. There will be a discount for staff of IIIF Consortium institutions
  • Capacity: Approximately 300
  • Code of Conduct: The IIIF Code of Conduct applies
  • Social Media: Tweets about the event should use #iiif or @iiif_io