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Newsletter January 2014


Graham Bell appointed Executive Director of EDItEUR

The Board of EDItEUR has announced the appointment of Graham Bell as the Executive Director of EDItEUR with effect from 1 April 2014, in succession to Mark Bide. Mark retires from EDItEUR at the end of March, having served over 5 years as Executive Director.

Graham has been the Chief Data Architect of EDItEUR since joining the organisation in June 2010. Graham joined from HarperCollins Publishers where most recently he was Head of Publishing Systems. He led the development of bibliographic and digital asset management systems, and was involved with the launches of many recent HarperCollins digital initiatives including e-audio, e-books and print-on-demand programmes. Prior to HarperCollins, he worked as an editor and in IT roles within the magazine industry with Redwood Publishing and BBC Magazines.

Paola Mazzucchi of Associazione Italiana Editori (the Italian Publishers Association), the Chair of the Board of EDItEUR, said of Graham’s appointment: “Graham is the right man, in the right place at the right time. His appointment as Executive Director is the natural realisation of EDItEUR’s strategy over the last few years. Standards and standard-based technologies are more and more at the heart of a changing publishing industry, and so is EDItEUR; with Graham, we will underline this position and be ready to face exciting new challenges. Thanks to Mark for taking EDItEUR to where it is today. We can now look forward to Graham steering us through the years ahead.”

Graham Bell said in response “I’m delighted to accept the invitation from the Board to become Executive Director, and I look forward to leading EDItEUR – both its members and its staff – through the next chapter. The metadata and e-commerce standards that EDItEUR develops, plus the standards it manages, become ever more critical to the global book and serials trade. Inevitably, the pace of technical change across the industry presents a challenge to those standards, but I believe the knowledge and experience of EDItEUR’s staff and its global membership ensure the organisation is well equipped to meet that challenge.”

Mark Bide added: “EDItEUR is extremely fortunate in having the ideal candidate to take over the reins of the organisation at this exciting time in its development. Graham is extremely well placed to understand how to maintain the stability essential to a standards organisation, while ensuring that we continue to meet the changing requirements of our members and of the supply chains that they represent. It has been my great privilege to run EDItEUR, and I have hugely enjoyed my time here – I am sure Graham will also enjoy his new responsibilities.”

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The International ISBN Agency

Revision of the ISBN Standard

Work on the revision of ISBN is about to start in earnest – the first meeting (by conference call) of the international working group is scheduled to take place on 25 February. A face-to-face meeting of the group is likely to take place in early May during the Plenary meetings for ISO TC 46 (the technical committee within ISO that is responsible for Information and Documentation) in Washington DC, USA. The international working group is comprised of experts from France, Spain, Germany, US, UK, Italy, Russia, Netherlands, Canada, Finland, Norway, Japan and China. We will keep you informed of progress.

New database and website

Our major project at the moment is the completion of the new public website and underlying database recording the range allocations that we make to national ISBN Agencies and the ISBN block allocations that the agencies in turn make to their publishers. CINECA have been undertaking the technical work and we have been working very closely with Gabriella Scipione and Elda Rrapi and their colleagues on all aspects of the work. The functionality is being released to us in ‘blocks’ or sprints for testing and we are also testing the migration of the data from our current database and website. We are pleased with the new look and feel of the development and are on course for go live in early March.

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London Book Fair 2014

EDItEUR will have a stand of its own at the London Book Fair this year – come and meet us on stand Q625. Details of the various meetings held by EDItEUR can be found in the events section of this newsletter. We sincerely hope to see as many of you during the Fair as possible.

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ONIX for Books

ONIX for Books 3.0 revision 2

As reported in the November 2013 Newsletter, a small revision of ONIX was agreed by the International Steering Committee, and the documentation and XML schemas for ONIX 3.0.2 are now in their final editing stages. The revised main specification, new codelists and best practice guides should all be released by the end of January, alongside the release of Codelists Issue 24.

In addition to the key features that were listed in the November newsletter, this revision includes:

This revision will not affect any existing ONIX data – any valid ONIX 3.0 or 3.0.1 message is a valid ONIX 3.0.2 message too, as all the new features are entirely optional.

‘Sunset’ of ONIX 2.1

All implementers of ONIX 2.1 are reminded that there is now less than one year to go before the agreed ‘sunset’ date for the format – the planned reduction of support at the end of 2014 was agreed and announced more than two years ago. ONIX 2.1 has been in use since 2003, and the last minor revision for general use was in 2006. At the end of 2014, the documentation and online DTDs and schemas will be archived, though they would still be available on request. Of course ONIX 2.1 itself will not stop working: it has been extraordinarily successful, and without doubt there will be some organisations that retain it for a few more years, but all 2.1 users are strongly encouraged to update to ONIX 3.0. Organisations without a clear migration plan should consider this as a priority.

ONIX training

EDItEUR’s 2014 training programme will begin in March, with New York and Toronto training sessions delivered in association with BISG and BookNet Canada, and London training in association with BIC:

If any other EDItEUR member wishes to partner with us on training, then please get in touch.

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Sunrise for Thema

The Thema subject classification scheme launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair last year has gathered early support, with a ringing endorsement from the International Publishers Association (http://bit.ly/KEzGbh).

The Thema resources on the EDItEUR website have been bolstered by an executive briefing (http://bit.ly/LXLl62), a version of which the IPA has re-published, and the first published mapping from the well-established BIC scheme to Thema (http://bit.ly/19NiawX). The mapping will help any publisher which has backlist titles classified using BIC to re-classify using Thema, and should also be useful in those countries using variations of the BIC scheme – for example Italy’s CCE subject scheme. Another mapping – from the latest version of the BISAC scheme to Thema – is expected to be available from BISG in the coming month, and a full German translation of the Thema subject headings is also imminent. Links to these and other new resources will be added to EDItEUR’s Thema web page.

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News from ICEDIS: serials, subscriptions & library supply

ONIX-PC Familiarization Workshop

ONIX for Price Catalog – ONIX-PC (http://bit.ly/14TWhoO) – is EDItEUR’s standard format for communicating rich product and pricing metadata about subscription products. Developed in collaboration with members of ICEDIS, ONIX-PC has been taken up in recent years by a number of leading publishers and agencies. Early implementers include Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Wiley, LM Info and Swets, and other major players are currently preparing for implementation. ONIX-PC is proving to be an effective vehicle for conveying details of simple and complex products and business models during the annual serials pricing round.

To support this widening base of interest, we are pleased to announce that EDItEUR will be holding an ONIX-PC workshop on 18 February, kindly hosted by HARRASSOWITZ at their Wiesbaden, Germany headquarters. Participation will be free for EDItEUR members and this will be a good opportunity to learn more about the structure of the standard and potential benefits of adoption. If you would like to register for this workshop or find out more, please e-mail tim@editeur.org as soon as possible, since numbers of places available will be limited.

Open Access Metadata and Indicators

Since our last Newsletter, the NISO-sponsored group on Open Access Metadata and Indicators (http://bit.ly/157tjlk) has completed its work and released recommendations for public review. Along with a context-setting introduction that explains the use cases addressed, the NISO report proposes the widespread introduction of two metadata elements to accompany open access content.

One element, called <free_to_read>, expresses the assertion that a particular piece of content is ‘free to read’ to any reader, regardless of their affiliation, location or connection with any fee-paying arrangement. The other element, the <license_ref>, provides a URI for a license or license expression, so that users (or more particularly, other computer systems) can reach and interrogate the appropriate license to determine licensing terms related to any other use of the content in question. <license_ref> is repeatable and can also carry a start_date attribute, making it possible to signpost validity periods and embargo arrangements.

Quoting from the NISO report itself, there is also this more general advice: “To ensure the widest dissemination of metadata, publishers, aggregators, and other content providers are encouraged to include the <free_to_read> and <license_ref> elements in all of their standard metadata sets. Wherever possible, creation and population of these elements should become part of standard editorial/production workflows. The metadata should be made an integral part of the feeds to CrossRef and other DOI registration agencies, included alongside (or within) article/chapter content on hosting websites, and delivered in content feeds to third parties.”

The NISO report is currently available for public comment and consultation until 4 February and the draft can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1f2t9SV.

ICEDIS Standards for New & Emerging Business Challenges

Following agreement at the Frankfurt ICEDIS meeting that we should start to map out a transition to a new generation of ICEDIS messages, co-chairs Dan Heffernan and Shilo de Vries are working with EDItEUR to clarify the business cases underlying such a migration. Over coming months, we hope to questionnaire EDItEUR members who are closely involved with the subscriptions business on what they perceive as key drivers for the introduction of updated standards. And bearing in mind that there is a long list of organizations not formally represented within ICEDIS but using its standards frequently, we plan to intensify efforts to communicate our evolving ideas to a wider audience.

The intention is to bring initial results back to the next full ICEDIS Meeting – at UKSG in Harrogate, 16 April 2014 – for discussion and further development. Key findings will also be reported in future issues of this Newsletter.

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Other Major Projects


The formal end date of the ARROW Plus project passed on 31 December 2013, though the final roundup meeting will take place in February.

EDItEUR’s major activity for the project was the research and specification of user business requirements for a productised Books in Print system in those partner countries that do not yet have one. Such a system was regarded as essential for the optimal operating of the ARROW system. This activity and the resulting deliverable was largely a task of the project’s work package 3, although EDItEUR also participated in related work packages and played an important role in promoting the benefits of BiP not just to ARROW system but to the whole book supply chain.

EDItEUR’s work on this project was completed largely by Brian Green, who made fact-finding visits to the relevant countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Portugal), compiling reports on the situation in each country as well as gathering national requirements for their BiP systems. Brian also completed the deliverable Specification of User Business and Functional Requirements for a Productised BiP System, which drew on the requirements gathered from relevant partners as well as the experience of existing well-established European BiP systems.

DCH-RP: Preserving Digital Cultural Heritage

EDItEUR continues to participate in the DCH-RP project (http://bit.ly/WglVyd) – Digital Cultural Heritage: a Roadmap for Preservation. Our primary role in the project is to build bridges between the project’s aims and participants, on the one hand, and the world of publishing, on the other. We hope to transfer knowledge and experience between the publishing and cultural heritage domains, investigate how best to encourage partnerships between the two and thus contribute to the long-term sustainability of the project’s recommendations.

Now nearly 18 months into the work, DCH-RP participants met on January 20 and 21 in Catania, Sicily for a plenary session to review progress and plan the completion of the project later this year. Key topics discussed included an Intermediate Version of the Roadmap recently published, feedback on a prototype Registry of Preservation Services completed last year and the outcomes of a first round of Proofs of Concept. Documents describing the Intermediate Roadmap (deliverable D3.4) and the Registry (deliverable D3.3) and other project outputs can be downloaded from the project website at http://bit.ly/1fbqiFp.

During February and March, EDItEUR will be surveying the views of members contributing to the project in two ways. We will be requesting input to a short questionnaire to explore and validate our ideas on those factors most likely to influence publisher involvement and partnership with preservation activities in the cultural heritage sphere. We will also be convening several phone conferences designed to promote knowledge transfer between the communities, with particular emphasis on mechanisms already in place for preserving e-journals and other e-resources.

Finally, the project is also looking to partner with several publishers to take part in a new round of proofs of concept, now being planned.

If you would like to know more or get more actively involved, please contact Tim Devenport, who is leading EDItEUR’s contributions to the project, or have a look at the DCH-RP page on the EDItEUR website at http://bit.ly/1aKIlzD. Your interest and support would be very welcome.

Enabling Technologies Framework Project

Our work on the WIPO-financed Enabling Technologies Framework project completed at the end of December 2013, more than 3 years after it started. At the centre of this project is Accessible Publishing: Guidelines for Publishers of which the 4th Edition was published in the summer of last year. Up until now, this has been available in 6 languages – English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish; as the project has wound up, we have added two more: Hindi and Arabic. These are all currently still available from our website (see http://bit.ly/Nw3mnK, although we anticipate that primary publication will move to WIPO early in 2014. Similarly, the training modules on accessibility which we developed in collaboration with JISC TechDis will continue to be available through the EDItEUR site (http://bit.ly/MxTDdg) in the short term, but only through WIPO shortly.

Sadly, with the end of this project, Sarah Hilderley – EDItEUR’s long-term lead on accessibility – has now left us, although it seems unlikely she will be lost to the industry for long. The Guidelines stand as a fluent testament to her work – they have been downloaded in various forms and languages over 7500 times.

EDItEUR is extremely proud of the work which Sarah has done on this vital agenda for the book industry; we look forward to the next chapter in the drive to bring accessible publishing into the mainstream in ebook production. In parallel, the work of WIPO’s TIGAR project continues, and we hope to see that effort widely supported by the industry.

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Forthcoming Events

ALA Midwinter Meeting

24–28 January 2014. The Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States (and selected other venues.)

The midwinter meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) will take place in Philadelphia in late January 2014. Highlights include the Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Wes Moore and the ALA President’s program, and full details can be found at http://alamw14.ala.org/.

PSP 2014 Annual Conference

05-07 February 2014. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd Street, N.W., Washington D.C. 20037, United States

The 2014 PSP Conference is entitled Managing Innovation: Meeting the Challenges of Change and runs for three days in Washington DC. The Conference is organised by the Association of American Publishers and in 2014 will include five separate plenary sessions. Please see http://psp2014conference.com/.

ONIX-PC Workshop

18 February 2014. offices of Otto Harrassowitz GmbH & Co. KG, 65174 Wiesbaden, Germany

EDItEUR has announced a training and implementation workshop for ONIX-PC, which will be of particular interest to those considering implementation or who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the ONIX-PC standard. Full details of this event can be seen in the ICEDIS section of this newsletter or on the EDItEUR events page.


18–22 February 2014. Sesc Vila Mariana, Rua Pelotas, 141, Vila Mariana,São Paulo, SP 04012-000, Brazil

Frankfurt Academy’s CONTEC format explores the interdependent forces transforming the way publishing products are created, distributed and monetised. For the first time in 2014, CONTEC Brazil will bring a new dimension to the format by adding an all new, 5-day exposition to run in tandem with a 3-day conference – a premiere in Latin America for the education and children’s media sectors. The exposition will be open to the general public and include highlights like the Classroom of the Future and a presentation stage in the Exhibition Zone.. Additional information about the conference is at http://www.contec-brasil.com/en/.

ASA Annual Conference 2014

24–25 February 2014. Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT, United Kingdom

The 2014 Association of Subscription Agents Conference is entitled Transforming The Publishing Landscape. The conference will cover the issues and forces shaping the scholarly publishing landscape – featuring innovative industry leaders addressing the issues from the perspective of publishers, institutions, librarians, aggregators, archival repositories, and subscription agents and intermediaries. Additional information about the programme can be found by visiting http://subscription-agents.org/conferences.

BIC Training Course – Bibliographic metadata and ONIX

26 March 2014, 09:30–17:00. Faber Creative Spaces, Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA, United Kingdom

This course is run as a collaboration between Book Industry Communication (BIC) and EDItEUR, and will be delivered by Graham Bell, EDItEUR's Chief Data Architect.

It is a one-day course that introduces the business value of accurate metadata, then provides a thorough and authoritative, ground-up introduction to ONIX for Books, and concludes with a look at best practices and some of the trickier parts of the ONIX message. It covers both ONIX 2.1 and 3.0, and it's relevant to both e-books and physical products. For further details please see the Eventbrite webpage.

London Book Fair

8–10 April 2014. Earl’s 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. EDItEUR will be actively involved at London Book Fair as usual. You can see the relevant details of specific EDItEUR meetings taking place at LBF 2014 just below this entry. EDItEUR will also have a stand during the 2014 book fair: stand Q625.

Thema International Steering Committee Meeting

9 April 2014, 10:00–12:00. Marlborough Room, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA, United Kingdom

The newly-formed Thema International Steering Committee will meet during the 2014 London Book Fair. This will be the first meeting of the committee since the ‘sunrise’ of the Thema subject classification code system on 31 December 2013.

ONIX for Books International Steering Committee Meeting

9 April 2014, 13:30–15:00. Marlborough Room, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA, United Kingdom

London Book Fair will host the next meeting of the ONIX for Books International Steering Committee. Details about the latest revisions to the ONIX standard, updates to codelists and a discussion about proposed and future changes will all feature. Attendance is free and open to members of the International Steering Committee

EDItEUR Open Meeting

9 April 2014, 15:30–17:00. Marlborough Room, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA, United Kingdom

The first EDItEUR Open Meeting of 2014 will take place at the London Book Fair and is open to any EDItEUR member. The meeting will provide members with an opportunity to learn more about EDItEUR’s current work with the standards and identifiers that it administers, along with the major projects in which it is involved. Members are also invited to provide feedback and suggestions for new areas of work.

The Fiesole Collection Development Retreat Series

10–12 April 2014. DoubleTree by Hilton, Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RT, United Kingdom

The Fiesole Retreat Series offers a unique opportunity to interact with a select group of your colleagues in a relaxed and thoughtful setting. Sessions are carefully balanced to assure equal and exciting representation from three communities: the library, the publisher, and the vendor, with viewpoints from North America, the U.K., Continental Europe, Australasia, and other countries. The 2014 theme is ‘Succeeding in the Next Decade’. Further information about the programme is found at http://www.casalini.it/retreat/retreat_2014.html.

UKSG Annual Conference and Exhibition 2014

14-16 April 2014. Harrogate International Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LA, United Kingdom

The 2014 UKSG Annual Conference and Exhibition is a perfect opportunity for all players in the serials information chain, both industry newcomers and seasoned campaigners, to exchange news, views and information on the rapidly changing and developing global serials scene, to find out about the latest product and service technologies, and to make new friends and business contacts. Full conference details can be found at http://www.uksg.org/event/conference14 and EDItEUR’s ICEDIS Committee – for work in the serials sector – will be represented as usual.

ICEDIS Meeting, UKSG Harrogate

16 April 2014. Harrogate International Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LA, United Kingdom

ICEDIS will hold a full meeting during the United Kingdom Serials Group’s Annual Conference and Exhibition. The 2014 meeting will be held on 16 April 2014 in Harrogate. ICEDIS brings together business and technical representatives from the world’s leading journal publishers, subscription agents, distributors and other intermediaries in the library supply chain. Together these trading partners develop and define industry standards for EDI and other e-commerce applications to facilitate journal subscription processing and the exchange of subscriptions related information.

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New Members


Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. It is the provider of the Google search engine and well-known products such as the Chrome browser, Google maps and Android – and the Google Play store is a major e-book retailer. Google was formed in 1998 and now employs over 30,000 people.

Knowledge Unlatched

Knowledge Unlatched is a collaborative initiative aiming to build a sustainable, open future for specialist scholarly book publishing – its mission is to transform the system for publishing scholarly monographs, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. The Knowledge Unlatched website can be found at http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org/.

Libre Digital

LibreDigital formed in 1999 to provide publishers with digital warehousing and e-distribution. Since then it has built services to evolve constantly to meet the needs of publishers and retailers in the ever-changing market of digital publishing. You can visit the Libre Digital webpage at http://www.rrdonnelley.com/libredigital/home.aspx.

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For further details, contact

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

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