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Newsletter January 2013


ONIX for Books

Codelists Issue 20

Issue 20 of the codelists for ONIX for Books is due to be released by the end of the month – it is in the final stage of preparation, incorporating comments from ONIX national groups around the world. Look out for new codes for SCORM learning objects, master brand logos (particularly useful for branded properties in children’s publishing) and – in ONIX 3.0 only – book rental prices.

An updated version of the ONIX 3.0 Implementation and Best Practice Guide will be released at the same time, as well as ONIX 3.0 schema files that incorporate a couple of very minor corrections.

Development of an ONIX for Books Acknowledgement message

EDItEUR is exploring the requirements for an ONIX ‘acknowledgement’ message, sent by ONIX data recipients to data senders, in reply to a normal ONIX 2.1 or ONIX 3.0 message. This acknowledgement would be optional – not a required part of the standard – and used only by agreement between sender and recipient. But it would give senders greater confidence that their message files were being processed and their data updated in a timely way, and would allow recipients to build automated systems to inform senders of problems with their data.

ONIX documentation in Arabic

EDItEUR member El Kotob (http://www.elkotob.com/) in Egypt has translated the main ONIX 3.0 documentation and codelists into Arabic, and published them at http://maeyeer.elkotob.com/ for use in the Arabic publishing market. A translation of the BIC Subject Categories is also available.

ONIX training in New York…

BISG is running a full-day, in-depth training session Book Metadata and ONIX: practical guidance, best practice in New York City on Monday 4th March. The course introduces the business value of accurate metadata and provides a thorough and authoritative, ground-up introduction to ONIX for Books. It will be led by EDItEUR’s Graham Bell, and is a version of the course already delivered successfully in several European countries. The course is equally suitable for those with no pre-existing knowledge of ONIX, and for those who’ve been using ONIX for a decade. Further details and a booking form are on the BISG website at http://www.bisg.org/events-0-902-book-metadata-onix-practical-guidance-and-best-practice.php. EDItEUR and BISG members are eligible for the discounted member price of $449, and should contact info@bisg.org before registering.

…and in Toronto

BookNet Canada will be running a similar full-day training session in conjunction with its 2013 Technology Forum (see http://www.booknetcanada.ca/technology-forum/). The course will be held on March 6th at the conference venue – the day before the main conference – and again will be delivered by Graham Bell. Full details and a registration form are available on the BNC website at http://www.booknetcanada.ca/onix-course. Registration is open to all, but discounted rates are available for conference attendees.

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EDItX Implementation News

EDItEUR is delighted to report that there has been a significant increase in the use of the EDItX formats, and a corresponding increase in the number of enquiries.

As reported in our September newsletter, the EDItX Sales and Tax Report formats are under review, as new business models for generating revenue from digital products lead to changes in reporting requirements. On 19 December 2012 the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) published a revision of their versions of the EDItX Sales Tax Report XML format (BISG downloads are available at http://www.bisg.org/what-we-do-17-23-editx-xml-documents-bisg-sales-tax-reports.php), and this has necessitated a minor correction to the documentation of the EDItX Sales Report V1.1 format. The corrected documentation is now available for download from the EDItEUR website. BISG and BIC in the UK are continuing to review the reporting requirements of alternative models for e-book revenue, including subscriptions and rental, which are expected to lead to further revisions of the EDItX Sales and Tax Report formats by summer 2013.

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News from ICEDIS: serials, subscriptions & library supply

New Orders Working Group

Currently, there is no generally agreed format for the machine-operable exchange of new subscription orders. For this and other reasons, the majority of such orders must be manually keyed. ICEDIS is working to address this need by developing an XML-based format, containing both structured name & address information and details of online and packaged, multi-component products. The New Orders Working Group will hold its first calls of the year on 22 January and 21 February to ratify a draft message structure. One key question remaining is the extent to which a message for ‘ordering’ should also support activities around the e-activation of online resources. If you would like to contribute or participate, please contact tim@editeur.org.

Structured Name & Address Working Group

During the first quarter of 2013 we are looking to bring to a successful conclusion the project to develop a structured name & address model, so that we can radically improve the transfer of ‘person’ and ‘organisation’ information in the supply chain. Existing members of the Working Group will already know of the first two calls scheduled for 1 and 22 February, during which we will review progress to date (see http://www.editeur.org/138/Structured-Name-and-Address-Model/) and get a ‘paper pilot’ underway. If other EDItEUR members would like to participate, please contact Tim Devenport for background.

Metadata to support Open Access models

One of the topics brainstormed at the Frankfurt ICEDIS meeting in October 2012 was the rapid growth in open access publishing models and ways in which this is likely to impact the day-to-day business of ICEDIS participants. Since that meeting, a NISO-sponsored initiative has been launched specifically to explore metadata elements and structures that are needed to support open access. Entitled Specification for Open Access Metadata and Indicators, this cross-industry initiative has been approved as a potential NISO work item and is currently out with NISO Voting Members for approval. EDItEUR is actively participating in this effort and we will keep members up to date with progress: please contact tim@editeur.org if you are interested in knowing more.

ICEDIS at UKSG Bournemouth

The next meeting of the full ICEDIS Committee will coincide with the final day of the UKSG annual conference in Bournemouth, UK. All EDItEUR members interested in ICEDIS activities are warmly invited to join us, early in the afternoon of Wednesday 10 April, in the conference venue – the Bournemouth International Centre. The meeting will feature updates on ICEDIS’s ongoing project activities as well as information on implementation support and related standards work in the serials arena. More details will be circulated nearer to the date.

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Other Major Projects


The EU-supported ARROW project developed a tool to help libraries and other institutions involved in digitisation projects identify authors, publishers and rights status in copyright works by automatically querying a network of existing data sources. Data providers to the project in each country included national libraries (National Bibliographies), the organisations which provide Books in Print databases and the reproduction rights organisations or RROs which maintain a network for the collective management of textual reproduction rights on behalf of authors and publishers.

Following the completion of the ARROW project, a successor project, ARROW Plus, was launched to include a wider circle of European countries, including several in Central and Eastern Europe, many of which have no comprehensive Books in Print service or RRO with a repertoire database. EDItEUR is a partner in ARROW Plus and has taken a lead in identifying the business requirements for a shared Books in Print platform that is now in an advanced stage of development by CINECA in Italy and will be used in Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Portugal by the end of the project in October 2013. Basic bibliographic data from National Bibliographies and ISBN Agencies will be enhanced and updated by publishers in order to provide comprehensive Books in Print databases as quickly as possible. The next vital task in which EDItEUR is involved is to explore business plans to ensure the sustainability of these new Books in Print services after the project ends. For further information visit the ARROW website at http://arrow-net.eu.

Enabling Technologies Framework

The Enabling Technologies Framework Project continues to be active in promoting its Joint Statement on Accessibility and Ebooks and its Accessible Publishing, Best Practice Guidelines for Publishers. There are several accessibility events scheduled for the coming months and you can read further details about each indidivual events in the Forthcoming Events section of this newsletter.

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Forthcoming Events

Digital Publishing Forum - Diversification in the market: new business models for the supply of e-books

30 January 2013, 16:00 to 18:00
Anatomy G04 Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom

The aim of this latest Digital Publishing Forum session is illustrate the diversity of business models for getting ebooks to their end users, both to general consumers and to students in higher education. The panellists will each describe the challenges and opportunities of building their business model, obstacles faced and hopes for the future. The panel will be chaired by Emma House, Trade and International Director at The Publishers Association and will include Jeni Evans (VitalSource) and Tim Coates (Bilbary.) The session will be of value both to publishing professionals and to students, and will help highlight the variety of jobs and roles available in the publishing sector. Please see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dis/conferences/dpf for more information.

e-Books and Accessibility Conference: Ugly Duckling or Adolescent Swan?

13 February 2013, 10:00 to 15:30
Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU, United Kingdom

STOP PRESS! This event has now sold out, but there is a waiting list for those still interested

EDItEUR and JISCTechDis are pleased to announce their forthcoming conference on e-books and accessibility. This one day event will be of value to all concerned with academic publishing. For library and disability staff it’s a chance to be inspired by new opportunities and empowered to influence change. For publishers it’s an opportunity to understand an increasingly significant issue for education, see how others have responded and work out how to better target and market your products. You can view the conference programme and event flyer on the events page of EDItEUR’s website at http://www.editeur.org/3/Events/Event-Details/159.

Tools of Change Conference New York

12–14 February 2013
New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, United States

In February, the publishing industry gathers at the O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) to explore the forces that are transforming publishing and focus on solutions to the most critical issues facing the publishing world.

You can get full details at http://www.toccon.com/toc2013 but in 2013 the conference will cover:

End To End Accessibility: A Journey Through The Supply Chain

13 February 2013, 13:40–14:25
Broadway Ballroom South, New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, United States

This panel session will take place during the 2013 Tools of Change New York Conference. The panel will discuss accessibility challenges faced by people and organisations at each part of the supply chain, highlighting with practical examples ways accessibility can and should be embedded. Inadvertent barriers to accessibility within the supply chain can easily be avoided if we all work together. Please see the main Tools of Change conference page (http://www.toccon.com/toc2013) for further information.

ASA Conference 2013: Reach, Readership and Revenues

25–26 February 2013
Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT, United Kingdom

The 2013 Annual Conference of the Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries will take place 25–26 February in London. It will cover various topics from publishing, intermediary, library, consortia, and emerging technologies, and aims to continue its tradition of debating and shaping the future of the industry.

UKSG Annual Conference and Exhibition

8–10 April 2013
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH, United Kingdom

The 2013 UKSG Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place at the Bournemouth International Centre. It will feature Europe’s largest, most diverse gathering of librarians, publishers and intermediaries, and features speakers on the issues and initiatives that will affect the industry now and in the future. Full conference details can be found at http://www.uksg.org/event/conference13. As mentioned above, during this conference there will take place an ICEDIS meeting. Full details for this event will follow.

London Book Fair

15–17 April 2013
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA, United Kingdom

The London Book Fair continues to be the global market place for rights negotiation and the sales and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. With an expected 25,000 publishing professionals, The London Book Fair encompasses the broad spectrum of the publishing industry. EDItEUR will once again be holding several meetings during the Fair, and you can view the details of these events in their own sections below.

Love Learning 2013 Seminar – Great Expectations of e-books: Are they accessible?

15 April 2013, 10:00–11:00
Cromwell Room, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA, United Kingdom

As part of the Enabling Technologies Framework Project, there will once again be an Accessibility Seminar held during London Book Fair. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend and learn about the accessibility of e-books, but please be aware that places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

ONIX for Books International Steering Committee Meeting

16 April 2013, 13:30–15:00
Marlborough Room, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA, United Kingdom

The London Book Fair will host the next meeting of the ONIX for Books International Steering Committee, held in the usual slot on the Tuesday of the Book Fair. Please note that the venue is the Marlborough Room, which is where the meeting was held in 2012 but is NOT the venue previously advertised for the 2013 event.

EDItEUR Members Open Meeting

16 April 2013, 15:30–17:00
Marlborough Room, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA, United Kingdom

The first EDItEUR Members Open Meeting of 2013 will take place at the London Book Fair; it’s open to all EDItEUR members and, as usual, it will offer the opportunity to learn more about EDItEUR’s current work and to provide feedback on new areas of work. Please note that the venue is the Marlborough Room, which is where the meeting was held in 2012 but is NOT the venue previously advertised for the 2013 event.

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New Members

UCL Centre for Publishing

The UCL Centre for Publishing aspires to lead the world in research, scholarship and teaching of publishing in all media and for all audiences. The Centre is research driven and has a commitment to knowledge transfer, thereby informing the publishing industry and the broader world of information management and communication — authors, readers and librarians. The Centre offers scholars and publishers vibrant ideas, insights and evidence to ensure success in a digital networked world. Visit www.ucl.ac.uk/publishing/.

London College of Communication

London College of Communication aims to be a world leader in media and design courses that prepare students for successful careers in the creative industries. The MA Publishing course there focuses on developing a well-rounded approach to the business of publishing. The course’s rich resources include collaborations within international teams to conceive and deliver print and digital prototypes. Opportunities to engage with leading industry players also offer a strong platform for networking, work experience and research. For more information, see www.lcc.arts.ac.uk/.

ITHAKA: JSTOR, Portico & Ithaka S+R

ITHAKA (www.ithaka.org) is a not-for-profit organisation that helps the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. ITHAKA provides three innovative services that benefit the academic community: Ithaka S+R, JSTOR, and Portico.

SAGE Publications

SAGE is an international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas. Please see www.sagepublications.com.


Waterstones aims to be a leading bookseller on the UK High Street and online, providing customers with a wide choice of publications. It currently trades from nearly 300 shops, in street and shopping centre locations, and through numerous university campuses. Its website can be found at www.waterstones.com.

As EDItEUR begins 2013, it is delighted to welcome these new members and looks forward to working with them.

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For further details, contact

Mark Bide, Executive Director
United House
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London, N7 9DP
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7503 6418
Mobile: +44 (0) 7785 306267
E-mail: mark@editeur.org

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