Wednesday, May 31, 2006

JPEG2000 interface to texts and illustrations

We have used LizardTech's MrSID image format since 2000 to display our herbarium specimen images. It's worked very well for us over the years, but we were always concerned that it was a proprietary format. The latest version of LizardTech's ExpressServer now supports JPEG2000 (*.jp2) images, which are based on an open standard, so we began looking for ways to create an Ajaxian interface on top of ExpressServer. Luckily we found previous work in the form of the original GSV from Michal Migurski and GSIV from David Allen. Jay Paige, one of MBG's intrepid programmers, customized the core app to work with ExpressServer, and voila:

View example text page

View example illustration

View specimen

We're finalizing credits and such on the code and will make it available to anyone who wants it.


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