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Newsletter July 2015


Frankfurt Book Fair 2015

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 is fast approaching and so we are pleased to provide some initial information about Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 and EDItEUR's activities during the Fair.

For the first time in several years EDItEUR will be holding its own independent event, the 37th International Supply Chain Seminar. We are pleased to have worked closely with Frankfurt Book Fair on this, and the Seminar will be held in the Buchmesse itself. It’s a half-day event beginning at lunchtime on Tuesday 13 October 2015 and will focus on the technical aspects of publishing metadata in which EDItEUR specialises.

EDItEUR will of course also be holding its usual meetings for the International Committees for ICEDIS, Thema and ONIX, as well as its Open Meeting for Members. We would dearly love to see as many representatives from our membership as possible at these meetings, details for which can be found in Forthcoming Events.

37th International Supply Chain Seminar

EDItEUR announces its annual International Supply Chain Seminar, a mini-conference dedicated to metadata and content standards for book and e-book publishing – it’s an essential pre-Frankfurt event for publishers, distributors, booksellers and service providers keen to boost the effectiveness of their business.

Tuesday 13th October, 1:00pm until 5:30, followed by a reception
Room Concord, Halle 4.C
via EventBrite. Early-bird tickets from £125 until 31st July
Note that ticketing for the Supply Chain Seminar does not include entry
to the Book Fair itself for 14–18th October

The programme will focus on updates, real-world case studies and strategies to use technology to extract the most value from the supply chain. Confirmed speakers so far include:
    • Patricia Payton of Bowker
    • Gregorio Pellegrino of Effata
    • Ronald Schild of MVB
    • Howard Willows of Nielsen
and the speaker programme will be followed by a reception for all delgates to celebrate 50 Years of standard book numbering – a milestone event for the publishing industry.

EDItEUR thanks the following sponsors, and partners Frankfurt Book Fair and the International ISBN Agency, for helping make this event possible.

Bowker logo

Bowker is the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, authors, and booksellers better serve their customers. Creators of products and services that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, Bowker is the also official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories and Australia.

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Klopotek is the leading supplier of software and consulting services for print and online publishers. More than 4,100 publishers, with over 14,000 users on 350+ installations across 140+ locations, and in 7 languages rely on Klopotek to help them manage their business and achieve their goals. Klopotek supports the entire publishing value chain. The Klopotek solution is available as a rich-client, as well as – for a growing number of processes – a browser-based client solution on a cloud-centric technology platform (Klopotek STREAM) providing smart user interaction across desktops and mobile devices. Klopotek will be in Hall 4.0, Stand F35.

onixsuite logo

Onixsuite by GiantChair Inc. is the most advanced and customizable ONIX metadata management platform on the market today. Integrable with any workflow or title management system, it gives publishers unique visibility into the quality of their book data, and enables them to take advantage of the power of Onixsuite’s rule based scoring and validation system. GiantChair, a company with over ten years of expertise in the book industry, also helps publishers dramatically improve sales with its data optimization services. Send a sample of your data and let GiantChair show what it can do for you. Visit Onixsuite on stand D14 in Hall 6.2.

Publishing Technolgoy logo

Publishing Technology is the world-leading provider of content solutions that transform business. It covers the publishing process from end to end with content systems, audience development and content delivery software and services. Combining unmatched publishing knowledge, global operations and a perpetual support model with enterprise systems, hosting platforms and PCG (Publishers Communication Group) sales and marketing consultancy, it offers the industry’s only full spectrum solutions to help publishers move their content forward. Find Publishing Technology at the Fair on stand L35 in Hall 4.2 and B28 in 6.2.

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Frankfurt Business Club – the full-service fair experience

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If you’re looking for the perfect place to work and hold your business meetings, a place where you can discover the latest industry trends and make new business contacts, then be sure to book your Business Club ticket for the Frankfurt Book Fair in good time. You can choose between a 1-day ticket and a 6-day ticket. The 6-day ticket also includes entry to the conferences of the Frankfurt Book Fair on the Tuesday before the fair: THE MARKETS and the International Rights Directors Meeting. More information at www.book-fair.com/businessclub.

Special discount for EDItEUR members

Save up to €247 – use the promo code 2015BCSpecialEDItEUR25 for a 25% discount on 1- or 6-day Business Club registration, including THE MARKETS conference and the International Rights Directors Meeting.

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International ISBN Agency News

Appointment of the Rwanda ISBN Agency

Recently, we welcomed a new country and its agency to the ISBN community. The ISBN Agency for Rwanda, managed by Rwanda Library Services, is now fully operational and is assigning ISBNs to publishers based there. There are now 151 national and regional ISBN agencies serving more than 200 countries.

2015 Annual General Meeting

With many thanks to the National Library of Indonesia, which runs the ISBN Agency there and will be our kind hosts this year, the International ISBN Agency will hold its 2015 Annual General Meeting in Indonesia in September. Delegates from all national or regional ISBN agencies and representatives of other ISO standards have been invited. Around 60 or so delegates from all over the world are expected to attend.

The meeting will take place on 21 and 22 September and will feature discussions about the ISBN standard revision, the data submissions by regional agencies and will include a special session on the rise of self-publishing.

The meeting will be held in collaboration with the AGM of the International ISMN Agency as usual, and ISBN also plans to hold a regional seminar and training session for representatives of agencies from the South-East Asia region or from agenices that have not previously been able to attend a meeting.

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ONIX for Books

ONIX codelists Issue 30 in preparation

Proposals for Issue 30 of the ONIX codelists have been circulated to the national groups around the world, and comments received from several. The lists are at the final stage of preparation, and should be released by the end of July as planned.

Among a relatively small number of additions, Issue 30 will include:

There are also further notes and codes for the representation of prices for sales to subscription service operators.

When it’s available, Issue 30 will be announced via the ONIX_implement mailing list, and on the EDItEUR website.

Requirements for next update of ONIX 3.0

As noted in the May newsletter, suggestions and new requirements for what will become the next minor update – ONIX 3.0.3 – are being gathered, and ONIX national groups are asked to pass on suggestions to EDItEUR before the end of July.

A number of potential additions to the standards have already been collected, and will be circulated to national groups. The most useful of these will then be put forward to the International Steering Committee for ratification at its next meeting during the Frankfurt Book Fair, and the update is likely to be published at the beginning of 2016.

Release 3.0.3 will be entirely backwards-compatible with the existing specification of ONIX 3.0, as all new additions will be optional. One of the most likely new additions will be the ability to target various marketing resources at specific territories – so this is the short description for North America, and this other description is for Europe…. Another likely update will an option to link publications to specific events – sporting or artistic events for example.

ONIX news in brief

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News from ICEDIS: serials, subscriptions & library supply

ICEDIS meetings in Frankfurt and Charleston, SC

Two dates for your diary! The next full meetings of the ICEDIS Committee will be taking place in October (Frankfurt) and November (Charleston, SC) this year. Both meetings are open to any members of EDItEUR with a particular interest in serials and subscription products, while guest attendees from other organizations may attend by invitation. Agendas and other details will be circulated closer to the dates.

The Frankfurt meeting will, as usual, take place just before the Frankfurt Book Fair. We will meet on the afternoon of Monday 12 October, 13.30–16.30, at the Hotel Bristol, Ludwigstrasse 15, Frankfurt am Main.

For colleagues based in North America, there will be a combined ICEDIS Meeting and update on EDItEUR’s wider activities in conjunction with the Charleston Conference. Details of the venue are being finalized but we plan to meet from 10.30–13.00 on Wednesday 4 November close to the other Conference venues in Charleston.

We look forward to welcoming you to two lively and informative sessions – please let Tim Devenport at EDItEUR (tim@editeur.org) know if you plan to attend so that we can arrange the logistics.

Looking for an ICEDIS Co-Chair!

For the past three years, Dan Heffernan of Advantage has been serving diligently as ICEDIS co-chair and minute-taker-in-chief. The meeting in Frankfurt will mark the end of Dan’s three-year term, so according to ICEDIS’s terms of reference we will be looking for a volunteer to take up the role and serve alongside the other co-chair, Shilo de Vries of Taylor & Francis. If you would like to know more about what the position entails, please drop a line to tim@editeur.org or speak to Dan or Shilo directly. We hope to be able to thank Dan properly and to vote in a replacement co-chair during the Frankfurt meeting.

Price/Payment Reconciliation best practice recommendations

Several years ago, an ICEDIS Price/Payment Reconciliation working group pooled ideas on how to streamline the processes (or minimize the pain!) associated particularly with the annual renewals round. Since it is once again approaching ‘that time of year’, you may wish to leaf through the Best Practice Recommendations that resulted from that work: a copy can be downloaded from this page on the EDItEUR website. Any feedback or suggested improvements would be most welcome.

Open Access working group

Over recent months the volunteers on the ICEDIS Open Access working Group have been contributing ideas and suggestions on how best to communicate Open Access-related metadata in the serials supply chain. Efforts have focused primarily on enhancements to the ONIX-PC (ONIX for Product Price Catalog) format, so that OA journals can be properly supported alongside paid-for products. More details of these enhancements are given below and the next step will be to arrange pilot exchanges of OA metadata between organizations active in the Working Group.

We have also begun efforts to reach out to other groups active in the OA arena, starting with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), so as to make any contributions that we suggest both thorough and potentially of use to the wider community.

One outcome of these contacts has been to highlight several other types of information that might be usefully included in future versions of ONIX-PC, but only if there is a clearly articulated need within the user community. The working group will be responding shortly to a simple survey, so that we can gain a better idea of which information (for example, links to web pages describing publisher policies on licensing, peer review, usage statistics etc) it might make sense to consider.

Open Access products in ONIX-PC: Version 1.2

The features and business requirements formulated in the ICEDIS Open Access Working Group (see above) are being used by EDItEUR to develop Version 1.2 of the ONIX-PC standard. Whilst remaining backwards compatible with earlier releases, Version 1.2 will additionally be able to communicate various features of OA resources.

For example, it will be possible to categorize which OA model (gold, green, etc) is used by a particular journal, whether the publication is fully or hybrid OA, which types of OA license are routinely offered by that journal, and so on. There is also extensive provision for descriptions of APC (article processing charge) policies and prices, embargoes that may be involved, and details of any registration that may be required.

A draft Version 1.2 of ONIX-PC for piloting will be made available via the EDItEUR website during the summer. This version will be fully documented and will be supported by a draft XML schema to assist developers in constructing and validating test files. If you would like to know more about the Working Group or this new, OA-focussed version of ONIX-PC, please contact tim@editeur.org.

ONIX Serials Code Lists Issue 8

The ONIX code lists maintained by EDItEUR provide an extensive set of controlled vocabularies for communicating often-encountered elements of metadata. Currently on Issue 7, an updated version of the ONIX Serials Code Lists will be published over the summer in conjunction with the release of ONIX-PC Version 1.2. Issue 8 of these code lists will contain several new lists and values required to support the OA enhancements contained in Version 1.2.

ICEDIS standards – who’s implemented what?

Some years ago we tabulated which of EDItEUR’s member organizations had implemented which ICEDIS standards. Since it is clear that the greatest benefit to each organization comes from having the widest base of implementing partners, we feel it is appropriate now to update this tabulation and to encourage non-member organizations, if they wish, to register the standard formats that they can provide or handle.

Over the coming months Tim Devenport will be confirming and updating the information on the website and will put in place a simple survey mechanism so that we can easily capture adoption information from EDItEUR members and non-members alike.

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Other Major Projects


The EU-funded project FORWARD aims to create an EU-wide, standardized system to assess and register the rights status of audiovisual works with a particular focus on orphans. Thirteen European partner institutions, including eleven European film heritage institutions and commercial film libraries, are cooperating to bring this venture to fruition.

Working as a subcontractor to project partner CINECA, EDItEUR is helping design and amend XML schemas to communicate structured information about cinematographic works and various key ‘agents’ – such as directors, producers, composers and performers – with whom the rights are associated. Much of the work is based upon the EN15907 Film Identification standard developed on behalf of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).

Transfer: reminder/update

Most readers with an interest in serials publishing will be aware of the Transfer initiative – established to minimize delays and interrupted customer access that can occur when online journals move from one publisher to another. Originally established by UKSG as Project Transfer, the initiative recently moved under the auspices of NISO, where it continues to flourish. There is an active Transfer Standing Committee with representation across the serials supply chain (including EDItEUR), and the Transfer Code of Practice has been adopted as a NISO Recommended Practice.

Transfer continues to produce regular e-mailed updates on individual journal moves via its Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service (ETAS), underpinned by a searchable database and blog page populated by the publishers involved. Other ongoing activities include educational and promotional efforts aimed at libraries, publishers and learned societies, as well as a gradual expansion in the numbers of publishers (more than 50 to date) that publicly endorse the Transfer Code of Practice. If you would like to know more, please contact one of the co-chairs Alison Mitchell or Elizabeth Winter.

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Forthcoming Events

BIC New Trends in Publishing

Tuesday 8 September 2015, 09:30–1:00pm. Stationers’ Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD, UK

This half-day seminar covers some of the latest developments in publishing, including an update on the European Single Digital Market, branding, digital printing and ‘publishing as a service’ – programme details. There are only a few days left for ‘early bird’ registration. EDItEUR members benefit from ‘Friends of BIC’ ticket prices for this event.

Essentials of Bibliographic Metadata and ONIX

Thursday 3 September 2015, 09:00 to 17:00. Faber Creative Spaces, Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DA, UK

This BIC training course provides delegates with practical information about the importance of reliable metadata, both to sales performance and efficient in-house operation, and a thorough introduction to ONIX. The course is delivered by EDItEUR’s Graham Bell, and 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. It is suitable for beginners and/or those with no prior knowledge of ONIX. Further details and booking viaEventbrite.

ALPSP Conference and Awards

Wednesday 9–Friday 11 September 2015. The Radisson Park Inn Heathrow, Bath Road, Heathrow, London UB7 0DU, UK

The ALPSP Conference provides a friendly forum in which to share information and knowledge, learn about new initiatives, and engage in open discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing publishing today. With expert speakers and a wide ranging programme, the ALPSP Conference is for everyone in the scholarly publishing community. Further details on the event website.

Liber 2015

Tuesday 6–Friday 9 October 2015. Hall 14.1, Feria de Madrid, Avda. del Partenón 5, 28042 Madrid, Spain

IFEMA is organising the LIBER International Book Fair, which will be celebrating its 33rd edition at Feria de Madrid. The Fair, promoted by EDItEUR charter member Federación de Gremios de Editores de España (FGEE), will present a renewed event adapted to the needs of the industry, capable of providing business opportunities to the main publishing houses.

LIBER is the largest showcase for books in the Spanish language and the main business and professional exchange centre for the industry. It is open to all book-related sectors, with special emphasis on digital content, new publishers, self-publishing and literary agents. Click for further details of the programme (in Spanish) or visit the event website.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015

Wednesday 14–Sunday 18 October 2015. Messe Frankfurt, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

This year's fair will be the first with a new concept and a new hall layout, and the Guest of Honour is Indonesia. EDItEUR presents its 37th International Supply Chain Seminar – the essential pre-Fair event, and the Frankfurt Business Club will return to offer a comprehensive range of visitor services: further details at the top of this newsletter. EDItEUR members benefit from savings on registration for these events.

As usual, EDItEUR will be hosting several meetings ahead of the Book Fair and you can view details of these events in their individual entries below.

Thema International Steering Committee Meeting

Wednesday 14 October 2015, 10:00–12:00. Room Brillanz, Hall 4.2

The Thema International Steering Committee will meet again during the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair. As the Thema subject classification code system continues to gain traction, this meeting will look at the increase in usage and translations of the code lists amongst other topics. Participation is open to all Committee members, or by invitation only.

ONIX for Books International Steering Committee Meeting

Wednesday 14 October 2015, 13:00–15:00. Room Facette, Hall 3.via West

The next meeting of the ONIX for Books International Steering Committee will be held at Frankfurt Book Fair. The Committee will, as always, discuss the latest additions to the codelists, proposals for revision 3.0.3 and other developments in the ONIX for Books standard.

Please note that this meeting will start at 13:00 CET, 30 minutes earlier than usual, in response to requests that the running time of the meeting is extended to two hours. Like Thema, participation is open to all Committee members or by invitation only.

EDItEUR Open Meeting for Members

Wednesday 14 October 2015, 15:30–17:00. Room Facette, Hall 3.via West

EDItEUR is delighted to announce its usual Open Meeting for Members at Frankfurt Book Fair. The meeting, which is free and open to all members of EDItEUR, is a good opportunity to learn about EDItEUR's work over the last few months with the standards and identifiers that it administers, along with the major projects in which it is involved.

Members will also have the opportunity to meet the EDItEUR staff, learn about EDItEUR's focus for the immediate future and to ask questions and provide feedback, as well as suggesting areas that EDItEUR might look at in the coming months.

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New EDItEUR Members


Bibliocloud is a publishing management system that helps publishers grow their businesses by reducing their administrative burden and improving their efficiency. Bibliocloud provides a personal service, high-quality code and measurable results, with a proven and efficient implementation process. Bibliocloud works with clients and partners who value and promote efficiency, pride, and doing things right.

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For further details, contact

Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR
United House
North Road
London, N7 9DP
Tel: +44 20 7503 6418
Mobile: +44 7887 754958
E-mail: graham@editeur.org