Zoomify tiles are very popular for publishing old maps and other historical documents - it is the easiest way of publishing of large scanned images on the web. Also, the free Flash based Zoomify Viewer looks very nice. Zoomify works with directory structure which contains image tiles and accompanying XML. You can just upload it all to a server and you have your image online. Zoomify tiles are going to be supported in all our tools for georeferencing and searching of old maps.
Now you can also use the freely available image server IIPImage to deliver tiles from your TIFF files on demand, but still use the same viewer. This way the data from your digital repository can be used both for long-term digital preservation and also for online publishing.
IIPImage support for JPEG2000 format as the source raster image is scheduled for the next year by our grant.
IIPImage is quite easy to setup on your server which runs UNIX or Windows (now Microsoft IIS is supported too).
The default Zoomify viewer with tiles generated by IIPImage: