A conference about interoperability

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The Universal Viewer has a growing community of adopters, from national libraries and museums to one-person projects. It is made for simple, consistent presentation and sharing of digitised books, artworks, archives, audio, video and 3D objects.

The Universal Viewer is also built from parts that can be assembled to produce different user experiences for other audiences.

Join us for two days of conversation at the Victoria and Albert Museum to discuss the Universal Viewer's future design, features and development process.


There are three separate events over two days, all available via Eventbrite.

Day One (20th March 2018)

Morning Seminar A brief overview of the current design and features of the Universal Viewer, including recent IIIF AV support, aimed at a general audience.

User Experience Working Meeting For product owners, user experience practitioners and other product stakeholders. We'll be reviewing new design proposals and exploring the feature roadmap of the Universal Viewer.

Day Two (21st March 2018)

Technical Working Meeting For developers and other technical stakeholders. We'll be looking at component architecture and technical design choices, and deciding on a strategy for testing, documentation and versioning that works for all the Universal Viewer's adopters.

Hosted By

UVCON is held at the V&A as part of the V&A Research Institute (VARI), a five-year programme of research projects and partnerships supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It takes the V&A's pioneering research culture into a new phase that allows the Museum to experiment with new ways of studying, displaying and accessibly storing its collections. VARI will give better access to the V&A's objects and join its experts with academic scholars, practicing artists, designers and makers and members of the general public.

Universal Viewer will be particularly used by two VARI projects:,

Deciphering Dickens, an unparalleled collection of original manuscripts and proofs for most of Dickens' novels;

The Leman Album, an 18th-century volume containing Europe's earliest dated silk designs - close to 100 astonishingly vibrant drawings on paper.

You can find out more about our individual projects on our webpages: https://www.vam.ac.uk/vari