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The 37th International Supply Chain Seminar, the essential pre-Frankfurt mini-conference dedicated to metadata and content standards for book and e-book publishing, was a sell-out success. See the full programme and take a look at the various presentations.

After four years as a track within the Tools of Change and CONTEC conferences, this year’s International Supply Chain Seminar was once again held as an independent event on the Tuesday before the Frankfurt Book Fair. The venue in Hall 4 of the Frankfurt Messe was packed, and reaction from speakers, audience members and sponsors after the seminar was overwhelmingly positive.

A keynote speech from Jonathan Nowell of Nielsen looked back at the successes – and the failures – of metadata and identifier developments over the last 20 years, and Andrew Weinstein of Scribd answered some critical questions about whether readers want ownership of or access to their books. Howard Willows of Nielsen updated the audience on recent developments in the world of Thema, and Ronald Schild of MVB introduced the updated VLB-Tix service for German-language publications that features Thema at its core. Patrica Payton of Bowker outlined the most common errors encountered in industry metadata, and Gregorio Pellegrino introduced the automated processes (‘bots’) that make decision-making more responsive at Italian publisher Effata Editrice. In the last session, Sam Herbert of consultancy 67 Bricks and Frank Salliau of iMinds spoke about semantic content enhancement, focusing on the practical ‘how’ and some of the potential applications within e-books. Finally, Stella Griffiths of the International ISBN Agency descibed the history of the ISBN and its predecessors, and invited the audience to celebrate 50 years of standard book numbering.

EDItEUR thanks the following organisations for helping make this event possible: sponsors Bowker, KlopotekOnixsuite and Publishing Technology, and partners Frankfurter Buchmesse, TISP and the International ISBN Agency.

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