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Newsletter July 2012


EDItEUR Board Appointments

Appointment of Chair

At the most recent EDItEUR Board meeting the Chair, Eefke Smit, stepped down (as per the normal rotation of EDItEUR board members). The Board unanimously approved the nomination of Paola Mazzucchi of AIE into the position of Chair of EDItEUR.

Paola has a degree in Philosophy at the University of Milan and a postgraduate degree in Culture Economics and Management at the SDA Bocconi Management School. She has worked in the publishing industry since 2000, with a particular focus on the role of technology and innovation. Since 2004 she has been involved in mEDRA DOI-related activities and in several European projects at AIE. Currently she is in charge of the coordination of the technical WPs within the ARROW project.

Appointment of Vice-Chair

Paola Mazzucchi moves from Vice-Chair, and in her place the EDItEUR Board unanimously approved the nomination of Len Vlahos from BISG.

Len Vlahos is the Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, a national not-for-profit trade association whose mission is to create a more informed, efficient and empowered book industry. Prior to joining BISG, Len spent nearly 20 years at the American Booksellers Association, where he served as ABA’s communications director, e-commerce director, education director, and most recently, chief operating officer. Len has worked for Internet marketing pioneer Yoyodyne, and for Kratz & Co. public relations. Prior to joining ABA, he worked in independent, chain, and university bookstores.

We welcome Paola and Len in their new posts and thank Eefke for her hard work as Chair.

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BISG releases its EPUB 3.0 Support Grid

Thanks to the work of its Content Structure Committee, EDItEUR Charter Member the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) is pleased to offer an important new industry reference tool: the EPUB 3.0 Support Grid, version 1.0.M

Designed to be a handy reference for EPUB content creators and business types alike, the Grid provides information on what enhanced functionality available in the IDPF’s recently released EPUB 3.0 standard is supported by which devices, applications, and reading systems.

You can view the Grid at http://bit.ly/M7pTJN.

Recognising the rapid changes in digital book publishing and retailing, BISG and the Content Structure Committee plan on reviewing and updating the Grid continuously. Industry feedback will play a key role in the update cycle; if you’re interested in commenting on or adding to the Grid, please send your feedback to info@bisg.org.

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ONIX for Books

Codelists Issue 18 due for release

Codelists issue 18 is in preparation, with the draft currently with national groups for comments prior to finalisation. Release of Issue 18 – a very small set of new codes for ONIX 2.1 and 3.0 – is likely to be in early August.

ONIX training

During a busy late June week in Italy, Graham Bell delivered an in-depth training session in Milan for staff from EDItEUR members AIE and Informazione Editoriale, and DOI registration agency mEDRA. He also delivered a webcast focusing specifically on differences between ONIX 2.1 and 3.0 that formed part of BISG's Evolving Metadata Practices series on 26 June. A recording of the BISG webcast can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/LHwlI6.

BISG metadata report

BISG has published the results of its study commissioned from Magellan Media Consultants entitled The Development, Use and Modification of Book Product Metadata. The study mapped the flow of product metadata from publishers to eventual users of the data, and the issues that arise as it passes through the metadata supply chain, based on a survey of around 125 key players in the US book trade. It endorses the hands-off exchange of data characterized by use of ONIX, encourages update to ONIX 3.0, and above all emphasizes the close relationship between business process improvements and increased accuracy of metadata fed into the supply chain. Further details: http://bit.ly/NlvWYS.

ONIX users and services directory

If your organization makes use of ONIX, then add yourself to the directory at http://bit.ly/PQhQTN – you don’t need to be an EDItEUR member.

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Licensing Terms and Rights Information

ONIX-PL Dictionary Issue 4

Issue 4 of the ONIX-PL Dictionary has been published on the EDItEUR website at http://bit.ly/NYPrHi. Some thirty-nine new terms have been added, almost all in response to specific user requests. The resources now available include updated versions of the ONIX-PL Schema files, a full Dictionary spreadsheet listing all terms and their definitions, and the Dictionary file as used in the OPLE editing software (with new instructions for installing the OPLE version). As usual, we have also provided a separate summary list of the newly-added terms.

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News from ICEDIS: serials and library supply

ICEDIS at NASIG: headline topics

In early June, we held an ICEDIS Committee Meeting in Nashville, TN, USA, during the NASIG conference. Our NASIG friends made us most welcome and we were able to brief North American participants about recent EDItEUR/ICEDIS achievements and project work streams that ICEDIS has underway. The meeting was attended by a number of long-time EDItEUR members, together with representatives from several organizations that wanted to know more and are considering membership.

Several members of current ICEDIS Working Groups briefed participants on our recent projects around Claims, New Orders, and Structured Names & Addresses. In turn, this prompted some lively discussions about the scope of the New Order message and mechanisms for careful and accurate maintenance of IP address records within the industry. More comprehensive notes on the meeting are available on request from tim@editeur.org.

Looking ahead to ICEDIS at the Frankfurt Book Fair

It’s still a number of months away, but we are already planning for the next full ICEDIS Meeting, which will take place on the Monday of Frankfurt Book Fair week – 8 October. At the Frankfurt meeting we should be reporting significant progress on a number of fronts (Price/Payment Reconciliation, New Orders, Structured Addresses and others). We will also be reviewing efforts to extend the number of organizations using our standards and to ease implementations, as well as discussing whether there is scope to introduce web service/API-mediated exchanges into our sector.

If you or colleagues would like to attend, please drop a line to info@editeur.org so we can make sure that you receive the agenda later in the year.

ONIX-PC in use for 2013 pricing round

If your organization would like to receive 2013 publishers’ journal prices in ONIX-PC XML format and have not yet explored this option, please get in touch soon via tim@editeur.org. Early adopters Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis and Elsevier will again be making their prices available in this rich and highly structured format, and agencies including Swets, EBSCO, LM Information Delivery, Lehmanns and Harrassowitz are amongst those already on the list to receive feeds in this way.

Resources on the EDItEUR website: recent updates

Continuing the process described in our May Newsletter, there have been several more changes to the way in which serials & library supply resources are presented on the EDItEUR website.

First of all, we have grouped together all of the ONIX standards in this area under the heading ONIX for Subscription Products for ease of reference. Here you will find the three standard formats of ONIX for Serials (SOH, SPS, SRN), together with the serials Coverage Statement. Alongside these earlier formats, the more recently-developed ONIX for Price Catalog (ONIX-PC) and ONIX for Preservation Holdings (ONIX-PH) can also be found, together with the most recent release 5 of the Serials Codelists that underpins all of the ONIX messaging.

Secondly, a new section ICEDIS Fixed-length formats has been introduced to group together the ICEDIS standards that continue in widespread use within the sector. These include the Order, Renewal & Transfer format – also frequently referred to as the FTP or magtape standards – as well as formats for synchronizing agent and publisher records and for communicating prices at the level of individual subscriptions.

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Other Major Projects

Enabling Technologies Framework

The Enabling Technologies Framework project is nearing completion of its second year and to measure progress and international recognition of accessibility challenges, we have conducted a survey entitled Towards Accessibility 2012. Response has been excellent and we are very pleased to report that we have had well over 100 responses from 18 different countries. Responses have come from across the industry from a wide variety of companies, in size and publishing sector.

E-book publishing has, unsurprisingly, increased since we conducted our first survey two years ago, with over 70% of respondents now actively involved in an e-book publishing programme. This has inevitably involved workflow alterations and we look forward to analysing the details supplied on these changes throughout the various markets. The introduction of XML workflows will, by default, improve the availability of specialist accessible formats and mainstream formats which are by their very nature more accessible. The survey reveals that many companies are looking at implementing the new EPUB 3 format, which incorporates many of the delivery capabilities of the DAISY standard.

There are still a large percentage of companies who are not aware that the term ‘print disability’ encompasses dyslexic users and those facing mobility problems as well as sight difficulties. But it is good to see that at least one quarter of respondents have included a commitment to accessible publishing in their company policies with a good number also having an in-house advocate. Many are aware of our guidelines Accessible Publishing, Best Practice Guidelines for Publishers, which can be downloaded in a variety of formats at http://bit.ly/Nw3mnK and we are very pleased to have received some detailed feedback on how we can provide further details within these guidelines in the next update, due imminently.

We look forward to submitting a more detailed analysis within the near future.

As a joint project with JISC TechDIS, the Enabling technologies Framework Project has also recently published the first modules in a new training resource. This first half-hour training module is part of a series that will help publishers in a range of different roles to make adjustments to business and workflow processes that will benefit all readers and, in particular, disabled readers. These resources complement the Accessible Publishing Guidelines published by EDItEUR in 2011 and signpost a wide range of supporting resources from different agencies. Further details, including a link to training module itself, can be found at http://bit.ly/MxTDdg.

Linked Heritage

Efforts continue in mapping the ONIX for Books 3.0 product information message to the LIDO format (http://bit.ly/L8A0sg) used by museums and other heritage institutions for data integration and contribution to Europeana, the EU’s flagship cultural portal (http://bit.ly/PM6JKc). This is one of EDItEUR’s major contributions to the 30-month Linked Heritage project (http://bit.ly/NKMicv), which aims to facilitate discovery of commercial products (books, music, AV and photos) alongside items from digitised cultural collections. If any EDItEUR members would like to contribute ONIX 3.0 data to test the mapping, please contact Project Lead Michael Hopwood at michael@editeur.org.

The Linked Heritage project was represented by several speakers at a major international seminar on Global interoperability and Linked Data in libraries in Florence, including Paola Mazzucchi from EDItEUR’s WP4 partner mEDRA and Gordon McKenna from Collections Trust (http://bit.ly/O5FunV). Graham Bell’s presentation touched on areas of existing cultural-commercial interoperation, for example between the ONIX and MARC21 bibliographic data formats. He also outlined possible techniques for expressing ONIX metadata as Linked Data in RDF, and the necessity of strong semantics and robust identifiers for meaningful data integration, inference and discovery. His slides can be found at http://bit.ly/NKNahu (PDF, 2.7MB). A very similar presentation was delivered by EDItEUR consultant Kathy Klemperer at a joint NISO/BISG seminar during the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim, California. Other presentations from Florence are published at http://bit.ly/LHUVIS.

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Forthcoming Events

BIC training: Introduction to XML transactions and web services

17 July 2012
Book House, 45 East Hill, London SW18 2QZ

This new course will provide delegates with an appreciation of how XML and web-based systems and services are transforming the way in which transactions are carried out in the book trade as it moves from traditional batch processing to real time. It will provide detailed practical information about the international EDItX transaction standards, including digital sales reporting, and the BIC web services standards. The trainer is Francis Cave, an internationally respected XML expert and resident consultant to BIC and to EDItEUR on all matters XML-related. Please see http://bit.ly/MX3Bqs.

ICEDIS Committee Meeting

8 October 2012, 14:00 to 17:00
Manhattan Room, Bristol Hotel, Ludwigstrasse 15, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

As indicated in the ICEDIS section of this newsletter, ICEDIS will once again be hosting a meeting in Frankfurt in advance of the 2012 Book Fair. The meeting, which is open to EDItEUR and ICEDIS members, or by invitation, will report on Price/Payment Reconciliation, New Orders, Structured Addresses and others. If you would like to attend, please e-mail info@editeur.org.

Frankfurt Book Fair

10–14 October 2012
Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The 2012 Frankfurter Bookmesse will take place beginning Wednesday 10 October 2012. EDItEUR will, as usual, be hosting several meetings ahead of the Book Fair including the ICEDIS Meeting (8 October), the Accessibility Seminar, the ONIX for Books International Steering Committee and the EDItEUR Open meeting for Members (all 10 October.) Full details for these meetings will be available shortly.

Tools of Change Conference

9 October 2012
Frankfurt Marriott Hotel, Hamburger Allee 2, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Tools of Change Frankfurt returns for a fourth year on Tuesday 9 October, gathering the best and brightest in the global publishing and technology community for a full day of intriguing keynotes, sessions, and networking.

More than 30 sessions will cover not only the latest debates on e-book standards, pricing, metadata, and supply chain innovations, but will also feature cutting edge presentations from visionary speakers on topics including digital authoring and design tools, trends and forecasts in e-commerce and shifts in business models and modes of delivery.

EDItEUR will once again present its Supply Chain track within Tools of Change, and full programme details and priority ticketing arrangements will be distributed as soon as they are available.

Accessible Publishing Seminar at Frankfurt Book Fair

10 October 2012, 10:00–12:00
Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

This will be a practical and informative two hour session at the Frankfurt Book Fair about the advances in accessibility publishing, and is open to anyone with an interest in accessibility. A full agenda will follow in due course.

ONIX for Books International Steering Committee

10 October 2012, 13:30–15:00
Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Frankfurt Book Fair will host the next meeting of the ONIX for Books International Steering Committee, held in the usual slot on the Wednesday of the Book Fair.

EDItEUR Members Open Meeting

10 October 2012, 15:30–17:00
Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The next EDItEUR Members Open Meeting will take place at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair; it’s open to all EDItEUR members. As usual, this meeting provides members with an opportunity to learn more about EDItEUR’s current work and to provide feedback on new areas of work.

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For further details, contact

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

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