CUNE-IIIF-ORM. Towards an internationally image interoperable corpus of cuneiform tablets

Start - End 
2021 - 2026 (ongoing)
Department of Languages and Cultures
Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication



CUNE-IIIF-ORM: Towards an Internationally Image Interoperable Corpus of Cuneiform Tablets brings together an interdisciplinary consortium of ancient historians, museum curators, digital humanities and heritage experts, digitisation specialists and computer scientists from KU Leuven (KU Leuven Libraries’  Digitisation and Document Delivery department and its  Imaging Lab) and Ghent University (including the research groups: Assyriology, Ghent Centre for Digital HumanitiesLT3 , IDLab and the Faculty Library of Arts and Philosophy) to open up the access to diverse federal cultural, scientific and historical heritage collections of the Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH) for scientific exploitation and social valorisation.

By applying methodological approaches from diverse humanities, sciences and engineering disciplines, the multidisciplinary CUNE-IIIF-ORM team will (1) sustainably integrate the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) into the RMAH’s data infrastructure, (2) open up the RMAH collection of Old Babylonian clay tablets for scientific exploitation through the linking, enriching and semi-automatic analysis with other digitised Cuneiform Tablets from Internationally Renowned Museums worldwide, (3) publish the International CUNE-IIIF-ORM Old Babylonian Documentary Text Corpus, as a traditional scientific publication in Akkadica within an accompanying digital scholarly edition, and (4) valorise the International CUNE-IIIF-ORM Old Babylonian Documentary Text Corpus as a virtual exhibition, linked with a travelling physical “pop-up” exhibition for a range of non-scientific audiences.




Phd Student(s)


Hendrik Hameeuw

KU Leuven

Els Angenon

Royal Museum of Art and History

Technical staff