Serve deepzoom images from a zip archive with openseadragon
vips is a fast image processing system. Version higher than 7.40 can generate static tiles of big images in deepzoom format, saving them directly into a zip archive.
$ vips dzsave big.jpg image.zip
(note: if you compile vips, verify to have libgsf1-dev installed)
A zip archive is more convenient than having thousand of small image files sparsed into a filesystem, so i was thinking
a simple way to serve it with openseadragon directly from zip, without extracting.
In my desire to learn better Go, i've built this deepzoom-osd-server, a static web application that embeds openseadragon.
gom package manager
$ go get github.com/mattn/gom
clone and compile
$ git clone https://github.com/atomotic/deepzoom-osd-server.git $ cd deepzoom-osd-server $ make
The Makefile will download the latest binary of openseadragon, then bundle all dependencies into
_vendor, then build the binary embedding all static assets (with nrsc)
$ ./deepzoom-osd-server -- missing dzi directory, creating. -- running on http://127.0.0.1:8080
Now you can generate some deepzoom images and put them into the
dzi directory just created.
The server will expose:
/dziendpoint to explore the content of the zip archive
/viewendpoint with openseadragon
This is an experiment, i'm not sure if is a sane idea to use for real things, i should stress the application (with ab or vegeta) and monitor its memory consumption.
Anyhow, if you are curating a digital library today and you need to publish big high quality images, absolutely you should look at IIIF specs, and use a more suitable server like IIPImage or Loris.