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Newsletter July 2013


CONTEC Frankfurt

EDItEUR and the Frankfurt Academy have announced the debut of CONTEC Frankfurt – a new, highly-engaging event experience created to highlight the latest developments in publishing and to serve the needs of a broad range of industry players. CONTEC will bring together the entire publishing ecosystem on one platform, from trade and STM publishers to service providers and tech start-ups, to redefine and redesign the experience of publishing. The full-day event will premiere on Tuesday 8th October 2013, just ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Serving as CONTEC program chair will be Kat Meyer, known previously for her work on the international Tools of Change conference series. “The Frankfurt Academy has a global perspective on all that’s happening in the world of publishing. We are represented in all relevant publishing markets and are familiar with all their unique features and distinctions. With Kat Meyer on board, we’ve now broadened our perspective in the best way possible by adding an expert on the technology-driven content business to our team. Together we reflect what is currently happening in our market, where the publishing and technology sectors are already so closely intertwined”, said Britta Friedrich, Director Events & Programmes for the Frankfurt Academy.

EDItEUR is delighted to be playing a key role in the launch of CONTEC Frankfurt. Our supply chain programme will be incorporated into the conference and we very much look forward to welcoming our members and friends on the eve of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

We are delighted to be able to offer significant discounts for the 2013 CONTEC event. For bookings made before 15 July 2013, EDItEUR is pleased to offer an EDItEUR-exclusive early-bird rate of € 418 + VAT, 5% off the standard early-bird rate. To take advantage of this offer, please use the promotional code CONTEC13SC5 when booking. After 15 July, EDItEUR is able to offer a special rate of € 440 + VAT, a 20% discount off the full price ticket. Use the promotional code CONTEC13SC. Please note that all tickets include a trade visitor’s five-day pass for the Frankfurt Book Fair itself, as well as full access to the CONTEC conference..

Please also see our full announcement for CONTEC at http://bit.ly/13F2sRU.

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The International ISBN Agency

A number of changes to the Board of the International ISBN Agency (IIA) will occur following the resignation of Julian Sowa from the IIA Board on 5 July 2013. Julian worked at Nielsen Book and was also Chairman of the IIA Board. The IIA Board expects to nominate a representative to replace Julian for the remainder of his term as Director (to early September 2013), with a renewal of the term possible, subject to the normal election rules of the IIA. The IIA Board will appoint a new Chairman in due course.

The International ISBN Agency is also a Charter Member of EDItEUR and Julian has also served as its representative on the EDItEUR Board. The IIA Board will nominate a new representative to the EDItEUR Board during the course of the summer.

In the meantime, the Boards of both EDItEUR and the IIA would like to take this opportunity to express their utmost thanks to Julian for his contributions, including holding the offices of Treasurer and Chairman of the IIA Board, and above all for his experience, thoughtful analysis and endeavours to secure consensual decisions. We wish him all the very best for the future.

In June, ISO Technical Committee 46 (TC46) (Information and Documentation) and its subcommittees held their annual plenary meetings in Paris. As an ISO Standard, ISBN falls under Subcommittee 9 (Identification and Description) of TC46. Stella attended representing the International ISBN Agency as the registration authority for the ISBN Standard. Other registration authorities in the same “family” of standards were also there of course – for example, ISMN, ISRC, DOI etc. The ISBN Standard was due to come up for Systematic Review later in 2013 (all ISO standards are subject to this process every 5 years), but at the SC9 plenary meeting the International ISBN Agency proposed that it was already clear for a number of reasons including developments in digital and multi-media products that the Standard should be revised. This proposal was agreed and a resolution to that effect was passed by the national bodies and other delegates present. SC9’s Secretariat will issue a call to all national bodies of participating countries and to organisations that are in liaison (such as DOI, GS1, IFLA, UNESCO) asking them to nominate experts to serve on the working group which will be convened by Stella. The deadline for nominations of experts will be 31 October 2013. The revision of the ISBN standard is expected to be a three year project and we will report regularly on its progress in future newsletters.

On 11 and 12 September 2013, the International ISBN Agency and its Board will hold its Annual General Meeting in New York, USA where our kind hosts will be RR Bowker who operate the US ISBN Agency. All national ISBN agencies have been invited. We also hope to have presentations from BISG, NISO and BookNet Canada as part of this event. Strange as it may seem this will be the first time since 1974 that ISBN has held an AGM in the US so we think it will be very special and that the numbers of delegates will be high. The national ISBN agencies of the Ibero-America group who are attending the AGM will also hold their own special meeting on 9 September and the agencies of the Nordic-Baltic region are also meeting informally. The International ISBN Agency will also be hosting a special seminar for between 20 and 30 agencies (from the Ibero-America group and some agencies new to the system or the AGM) on 10 September.

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The Global eBook Market report

The Global eBook Market: Current Conditions and Future Projections reports regularly on key developments in the emerging ebook markets in many countries and regions (including the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Central and Southeast Europe, Russia, Brazil, the Arab World, China, or India) and tracks critical debates on such decisive topics as ebook pricing, DRM, piracy, or the challenges of global versus local players.

The next update of the study will be released in October 2013 ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair, researched and published by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting, and promoted through a unique network of media partners which includes many of the leading trade magazines of the international publishing industry, notably Book Dao (China), Book Industry Magazine (Russia), buchreport (Germany), Livres Hebdo (France), PublishNews (Brazil), Publishers Weekly (US), Svensk Boekhandel (Sweden).

The Global eBook Market report will continue to serve the global publishing community by mapping key market data, referencing global, regional and local players, and providing overview and analysis on critical topics. It was initiated and supported by O’Reilly Media and the TOC conferences in 2011, and updated twice a year since then. The most recent update, from February 2013, can be downloaded as a free e-book from http://oreil.ly/nVqbAA. Starting with the next update for October 2013, the report will be published by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting.

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News from ICEDIS: serials, subscriptions & library supply

ONIX for Price Catalog training workshop

In early June EDItEUR held a training and familiarization workshop on the ONIX for Price Catalog (ONIX-PC, http://bit.ly/14TWhoO) format. Kindly hosted by Elsevier at its offices outside Oxford, UK, the workshop presented a comprehensive description of ONIX-PC from the viewpoints of both business decision makers and technical implementers. Early adopters Wiley Blackwell, Swets, Elsevier, LM Info and Publishing Technology were all represented, and colleagues from EBSCO, Harrassowitz and Sage Publications also attended.

The workshop was, in part, put together to address various implementation questions raised at the ICEDIS Meeting at UKSG in Bournemouth earlier in the year. A timetabled series of concrete steps was agreed to pave the way for wider implementation from 2014 onward and also to harmonize some points of good practice and interpretation that had differed between the first adopters.

EDItEUR is considering repeating the ONIX-PC workshop – probably in the Netherlands or Germany and somewhere on the East Coast of the U.S. – provided there is sufficient interest. Learning more about ONIX-PC is also a useful "primer" in approaching other recent EDItEUR standards as many of the same constructions are used in messages like the ICEDIS New Orders and Claims messages. Please contact Tim Devenport via info@editeur.org if you would like to participate in a future session.

ONIX for Preservation Holdings

ONIX for Preservation Holdings (ONIX-PH, http://bit.ly/10QD9Z0) is a format developed by EDItEUR to support communications of metadata related to preserved online holdings. In late May, EDItEUR was invited to give a presentation about the purpose, benefits and structure of ONIX-PH to a group of agencies concerned with the preservation of online resources and participating in the Keepers Registry (http://bit.ly/18aO2ai.) Hosted and coordinated by EDINA (http://bit.ly/14NaBAu), the Registry actively involves inputs from Portico, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, Scholars Portal, the British Library, HathiTrust, the e-Depot of the Royal Dutch Library, the National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the ISSN International Centre.

The session was interesting and the discussion lively: EDItEUR will continue support for ONIX-PH with the aim of its becoming the communication format of choice for metadata on preserved online materials – both e-journals and other resources. The British Library has already implemented the format and Portico is currently in the process of doing so; separately Elsevier has expressed interest in learning more.

Open Access developments

Readers may remember that EDItEUR is monitoring and participating in several working groups focussing on requirements specific to open access publishing. Please contact Tim Devenport via info@editeur.org if you have a particular interest in this rapidly growing area or would like to know more.

In the UK, JISC is leading a study of workflows and requirements for Gold Open Access Infrastructure. Some of the ideas under debate can be found on the Gold OA blog (http://bit.ly/18dfkAl) and a more formal report is anticipated later in the year. Participants have defined a set of business cases, against which they are exploring questions related to metadata collection, license communication, smooth processing of Article Processing Charges (APCs) and other issues. One particular suggestion has been that it would be useful to define a standard set of metadata for APC transactions: please let Tim know if your organization would support such an initiative and would find an APC standard useful to your business.

In parallel with the UK study, a NISO workgroup has been established to define a set of Open Access Metadata and Indicators. The objective is to facilitate the process of OA funding and publishing and to allow users more easily to discover OA articles and understand the associated usage rights and restrictions. More information on the aims of this workgroup can be found at http://bit.ly/157tjlk. An interim report is planned by the end of 2013, together with initial recommendations that may include simple but useful additional services facilitated by Crossref (http://bit.ly/10QDqvd), which of course provides a significant proportion of the DOIs (digital object identifers) assigned to journal articles.

ICEDIS Meetings at Frankfurt and Charleston

Two dates for the diary!

Following our usual schedule, the next ICEDIS Meeting will be held in Frankfurt on the Monday afternoon preceding the Book Fair – 7 October, from 14:00 to 17:00. The meeting will take place in the Manhattan Room of the Bristol Hotel, Ludwigstrasse 15, Frankfurt am Main and is open to any members of EDItEUR with particular interest in the serials and subscriptions business. A particularly significant feature of this meeting will be a debate and decision on proposals and a timetable (see elsewhere) to update the core ICEDIS standards for the first time in over a decade.

For organizations or colleagues primarily based in North America, we are pleased to announce that we will also be returning this year to the Charleston Conference. We will hold an ICEDIS Meeting on the morning of Wednesday 6 November, in the Charleston Place Hotel, 205 Meeting Street, Charleston. In addition to the ICEDIS agenda, we will endeavor to present an update on other recent EDItEUR work that may be of interest to participants.

If you would like to attend one or other of these ICEDIS Meetings, please email info@editeur.org so that we can make sure to reserve sufficient space and supplies! Detailed agendas will follow nearer the time and we hope to see you there.

Updating ICEDIS standards for today’s market and tomorrow’s needs

The core ICEDIS transactional standards – most notably the Subscription Order, Renewal & Transfer message known familiarly as the "renewals" standard – have been in place for more than twenty years and have remained largely unchanged for at least a decade. (The fact that some subscriptions "old-timers" still sometimes refer to the renewals standard as the "FTP" or even the "MagTape" format, indicates again both this longevity and the importance of ICEDIS standards over that period!)

But during that same period, the serials publishing supply chain has changed radically, with the dominance of online resources, the widespread introduction of bundled or package sales, and the emergence of new identifiers like ISNI, Ringgold ID, ORCID and DOI as just a few of the more marked features. There are severe limitations on the degree to which the older ICEDIS standards can be adapted to support these new requirements and the ICEDIS Meeting at UKSG in Bournemouth signalled that we need seriously to debate an eventual migration to more modern and extensible standards.

EDItEUR will be circulating a short discussion document on this topic soon. The issue will then be a major agenda item for the ICEDIS Meeting at Frankfurt in October and we would request that all member organizations directly affected consider this matter in some depth before the Frankfurt meeting. Essentially, we need as a group to decide whether new business requirements now conclusively mean that we must plan to migrate to replacement forms of messaging for subscription products, and if so, how and on what timetable.

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ONIX for Books

Codelists Issue 22

This forthcoming issue of the codelists is expected to be released before the end of July.

The new issue will include a handful of codes to support the full description of ‘open access’ e-books – free-to-download academic e-books published under a Creative Commons or some similar licence, primarily in the humanities and social sciences – pioneered within the OAPEN projects in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Use of these new codes was outlined by Graham Bell at the recent JISC-sponsored Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference - please see http://bit.ly/18aNNfe (the presentations are available via the conference programme link).

New code proposals from Sweden, Russia, Germany are included, plus a correction for a couple of barcode indicator codes used almost exclusively in the United States, and a recommended method for describing the revised or new features of an e-book.

ONIX training

EDItEUR ran its Bibliographic metadata and ONIX: practical guidance and best practice training course again on 26 June at the British Library. The next planned course is the new Advanced metadata and ONIX course in September – details are available at http://bit.ly/187jB78. Note the member price applies to both EDItEUR and BIC members.

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Other Major Projects

Enabling Technologies Framework Project

The Enabling Technologies Framework Project has seen great developments in recent weeks with the successful publication of version 4.0 of Accessible Publishing, Best Practice Guidelines for Publishers (http://bit.ly/Nw3mnK), as well as the completion of our third online training module for publishers.

The third training module, which is now available on the website, compliments the first two training sessions by focusing on Accessibility Metadata. By guiding the trainee through the ONIX for Books metadata standard, the session describes the possibilities for describing accessibility along with its role in increasing the discoverability of accessible ebooks for potential purchasers. The Accessibility Metadata session will soon be followed by the publication of a fourth module on Accessible Images which we have worked on in collaboration with the DIAGRAM project.

In order to promote awareness for the guidelines and the Enabling Technologies Framework Project, we have set up a Twitter account and regularly 'tweet' about the guidelines and events. In addition, we 're-tweet' important information on publishing and accessibility to our followers. We currently have over 180 followers from a diverse range of industries, and this activity has helped to increase awareness of our project in all communities. Do please join us and show your support – @accessiblebooks.


The DCH-RP project (http://bit.ly/10QDESR) – or to name it more fully, Digital Cultural Heritage: a Roadmap for Preservation – is an ongoing EC-sponsored project to which EDItEUR is contributing. The project brings together a markedly cross-disciplinary and multinational group of participants, drawn from areas as seemingly disparate as supercomputing and high energy physics, museums and the curation of cultural artifacts, and the world of publishing. But the shared aim is clear: to map out a coherent approach to the preservation of objects of digital cultural heritage and to seek models that can make this process accessible and sustainable over the long term.

In addition to offering advice on relevant standards and best practices, EDItEUR’s main contributions are twofold. On the one hand, we are aiming to brief project participants on initiatives that have evolved so successfully in the academic publishing supply chain – notably around the preservation of online resources – since many aspects may be transferable into the cultural heritage arena.

On the other hand, we would like actively to solicit assistance from publishers who are EDItEUR members (perhaps particularly from those with significant humanities or related lists, given the subject areas involved), to introduce them to project participants and to collect their ideas on those factors most likely to encourage longer term partnerships between cultural preservation agencies and commercial publishing. If you would like to know more about DCH-RP or might be prepared to participate in an initial discussion, please contact Tim Devenport via info@editeur.org.

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Forthcoming Events

BIC New Trends Seminar 2013

29 July 2013, 09:30 to 16:00
The Stationers’ & Newspaper Makers' Company, Ave Maria Lane, EC4M 7DD, London, United Kingdom

BIC’s annual New Trends Seminar provides an insight to the latest and hottest innovations and changes in the industry. The seminar brings together speakers from all corners of the industry, and this year is no different.

2013’s seminar promises expert experience and vision from both the trade and library sectors. The fantastic line-up of speakers includes; Matthew Cashmore, Digital Director at Blackwell’s; Jo Henry, Global Director at Bowker Market Research; Richard Mollet, Chief Executive at The Publishers Association; Jane Tappuni, EVP, Business Development at Publishing Technology; Richard Wallis, Technology Evangelist at OCLC; John Mc Namee, President of The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF). Sara Montgomery, Head of Guardian Books at Guardian News and Media, is also on the bill, and she’ll be talking about using and responding to customer data to shape publishing and retailing strategies.

You can view further details at http://bit.ly/157tyg0 or to make a booking please visit http://bit.ly/157txbS.

Advanced ONIX for Books Course

4 September 2013 (subject to change – final date to be confirmed as soon as possible), 10:00 to 17:00
British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, United Kingdom

The Advanced ONIX course is aimed at staff with management responsibility for metadata, either in IT, marketing or production within a publisher, or in similar roles in distribution and retailing.

Delegates should previously have attended the BIC training course, "ONIX for Books: practical guidance, best practice", or have extensive experience with ONIX gained over several years. It is not aimed primarily at developers – there is relatively little technical content – but developers wishing to gain broad background knowledge will benefit from attending. The trainer is EDItEUR's Graham Bell. Please see http://bit.ly/ZmAV17 for further details.

Frankfurt Book Fair

9–12 October 2013
Messe Frankfurt, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The 2013 Frankfurter Bookmesse will take place beginning Wednesday 9 October 2013, and this year's Guest of Honour is Brazil. The 2012 event had 7,307 exhibitors from 97 countries and this year's fair is set to be even bigger. As usual, EDItEUR will be hosting several meetings before and during the Book Fair. Details of our participation in CONTEC Frankfurt are included above. Our other usual meetings are scheduled as follows:

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New Members

Apex CoVantage

Apex CoVantage is a private, employee-owned company that has helped businesses to develop and execute strategies in the information and knowledge fields. Apex was a pioneer in the market for off-shore knowledge-based solutions; it now has over 2,500 employees here and abroad. From the beginning, Apex specialized in developing and improving man-machine processes that optimally combined human creativity with machine processing efficiency, sometimes finding transformative solutions leading to quantum gains in efficiency. Apex CoVantage's website can be found at http://www.apexcovantage.com.

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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