This paper prepared by Gene Loh, a senior developer with Synaptica’s R&D team, reviews the open standards used to create Synaptica’s cultural heritage semantic image indexing application Linked Canvas.

Linked Data provides a natural platform for taxonomy management, and when used in concert with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) for accessing graphical image resources, provides an architecture that is suited to an image annotation application. The combination of Linked Data and IIIF specifications can be used to develop extensible discovery tools based on the Semantic Web Stack.