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Newsletter March 2013


London Book Fair 2013

London Book Fair is just around the corner and once again EDItEUR will be hosting a number of meetings, as well as participating in several other events. You can view the details of the individual seminars and meetings in our Events section (please see our Forthcoming Events section), including the Digital Minds Conference on the Sunday, for which a discount is available to EDItEUR members. Additionally, for the first time EDItEUR has teamed up with the International Digital Publishing Forum to operate a stand during the Fair. The stand is Z635 and is located in the Digital Zone. We welcome all our members to the EDItEUR Open Meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday 16th April and we hope to see as many of you as possible.

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ONIX for Books

Codelists Issue 20

Issue 20 of the ONIX codelists was released in late January. A particular addition to the lists provides a way of incorporating book rental prices in ONIX 3.0, for use where the publisher wants to specify individual rental durations and prices. The codelists are available from the EDItEUR website, either alone at http://bit.ly/ZDtUIF or incorporated into the various documentation and schema packages for ONIX version 3.0 at http://bit.ly/SYFTwv, ONIX version 2.1 at http://bit.ly/QpiwAs, or the v2.1 Supply Update message at http://bit.ly/WRcjAb.

Issue 21 of the codelists is in preparation, and should be released in late April.

ONIX for Books Acknowledgement message

As announced in the January Newsletter, EDItEUR and a group of interested members has been exploring requirements for an ‘acknowledgement message’, an optional reply confirming receipt and processing of an ONIX for books message, and possibly carrying information about processing errors that occurred. This is now well advanced: a ‘version 0.9’ draft schema file is now ready and documentation is progressing. If you are interested in helping to pilot this message, if you have comments on the proposed message structure, or even if you just want a preview of what the message will most likely look like, please contact EDItEUR.

Although it will always be optional, an acknowledgement message could eventually support a certification process for data recipients, based around broadly agreed best practices and service levels such as those promoted by BISG (please see http://bit.ly/119mOAp), BIC (please see http://bit.ly/YjJieK) and similar trade bodies.

ONIX training

Tom Richardson of BookNet Canada jots notes on <SalesRights> in a class run by Graham Bell. Photo © Lauren Stewart / BookNet Canada
Tom Richardson of BookNet Canada jots notes on <SalesRights> in a class run by Graham Bell. Photo © Lauren Stewart/BookNet Canada

In a busy two week period, Graham Bell delivered in-depth ONIX training courses to over 120 attendees, in a series of expertly-organized sessions run by Book Industry Study Group in New York City, by BookNet Canada in Toronto, and by Finnish EDItEUR member Kirjavälitys in Helsinki.

These sessions focused on the underlying nature and structure of ONIX, on practical ways of improving the metadata that organizations deliver to their supply chain partners, and upon the migration from version 2.1 to ONIX 3.0.

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News from ICEDIS: serials, subscriptions & library supply

Open Access publishing models

Interest in a wide range of Open Access (OA) models continues to occupy the attention of players throughout the library supply chain, particularly but not exclusively those involved in the world of journals. Recent pronouncements by major funding agencies and governmental interventions have only served to emphasize the need for all concerned to better understand aspects of the new models available.

EDItEUR is monitoring these developments closely on behalf of its member organizations and seeking to engage in appropriate discussion groups and working parties on OA. Currently this activity includes membership of two initiatives recently established. One is a NISO Working Group on Open Access Metadata and Indicators and the other a JISC-led group investigating likely needs or enabling steps to underpin Gold Open Access Infrastructure.

We will endeavour to report any significant actions in this area in future issues of the Newsletter. Please feel free to contact Mark Bide or Tim Devenport via info@editeur.org if you have any particular questions or suggestions in this area.

ICEDIS at UKSG Bournemouth

ICEDIS will be holding its next full Committee Meeting in Bournemouth, UK, on Wednesday 10 April this year, to coincide with the final day of the UKSG Conference. ICEDIS serves as the focal point for EDItEUR’s activities in the serials and subscriptions section of the library supply chain and we are again expecting some lively discussions, presentations and brainstorm sessions.

The ICEDIS Meeting will be held in the Bayview Suite of the Bournemouth International Centre (the same venue as UKSG) from 2.00–5.00pm. On the agenda will be updates from working groups on Structured Names & Addresses and on New Order messaging, a prioritization session and brainstorms around two “hot topics” in the serials world. We also hope to have an update on a number of recent NISO initiatives, as well as a briefing from Ed Pentz on recent Crossref initiatives in article-level standards.

Members who have previously attended ICEDIS should already have received an invitation and agenda for the Bournemouth meeting. Other EDItEUR member organizations are of course welcome to send representatives who have a special interest in this area of our work. Non-member organizations interested in serials and subscriptions may attend by invitation: please email tim@editeur.org to find out more.

If you haven’t already done so, please drop us a line at tim@editeur.org if you are planning to attend: we look forward to welcoming you in Bournemouth!

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Other Major Projects

Digital Cultual Heritage - Roadmap for Preservation

EDItEUR has recently commenced work on an EC-funded project in the Cultural Heritage/Preservation arena. The DCH-RP project seeks to draw together the preservation needs of cultural heritage institutions – including museums, galleries, libraries and other archives – and the burgeoning IT infrastructure facilities available in other spheres of research. It is investigating how, for example, cloud and grid computing facilities or networks might be adapted to assist in the robust preservation and secure use of digitized representations of works of art.

EDItEUR’s own role in this project focuses on two inter-related areas. On the one hand, we seek to explore how preservation models already well established for example in STM publishing might educate and inform the choices made in the cultural sphere. On the other hand we will endeavour to establish how best the project might reach out to commercial publishers and under what kind of scenarios fruitful partnerships might be realized.

Tim Devenport (tim@editeur.org) is leading this effort for EDItEUR and would welcome any suggestions or expressions of interest from the EDItEUR membership and beyond, particularly from publishers or organizations already engaged in preservation activities.

Enabling Technologies Framework Project

The Enabling Technologies Framework has updates in several areas:

We plan to issue our 4th edition of the Accessible Publishing, Best Practice Guidelines for Publishers to co-incide with the DAISY conference being held in Copenhagen in June. All comments, updates and edits are very welcome from our membership so please send them through to Sarah Hilderley at sarah@editeur.org.

We are very pleased that the 2nd learning object of our Training modules, entitled 'Accessible formats' is now available via the EDItEUR website. Please watch this page for the next two modules which are due to follow in the near future 'Accessible images' and 'Accessibility metadata'. These 15 minute sessions are available for free and can be accessed by publishing employees at their own desktops.

For those members who may be interested in latest EPUB 3 and Accessibility guidance we would encourage you to read the short document produced by DAISY, Benetech and DIAGRAM in advance of their TOC event at http://bit.ly/XWaArW. This useful document provides the reader with 10 immediate tips on how to produce accessible EPUB 3 files. EDItEUR were also involved in presenting at TOC during the session `End to end accessibililty: a journey through the supply chain`. During this 45 min session we looked at how the whole supply chain needs to collaborate if accessibility is to be maintained and the slides from this session will be made available on the EDItEUR site in the near future.

Please join us on 15 April 2013 at LIBF for our accessibility session entitled Great Expectations of eBooks: Are they accessible? (Cromwell Room. 10.00 – 11.00). This event is a practical demonstration of The Joint Statement on Accessibility issued by the Publishers Association in April 2012 and will give attendees the opportunity to witness and experience how Dickens' Great Expectations can be enjoyed by all readers, including those who can't read standard print. The session will also include demos of the particular devices being used during the book club half of the session. The seminar is organised by the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS), EDItEUR, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the Right to Read Alliance with the support of the Publishers Association (PA).

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Forthcoming Events

Featured Event: Digital Minds Conference

14 April 2013, 10:00 to 18:30
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE, United Kingdom

On the eve of The London Book Fair, the Digital Minds Conference returns for a fifth year, with a broadened theme of "The Future of Publishing Content", and should make for a stimulating day. The conference will consider in depth how the publishing industry is evolving, innovating, reinventing, and working with new players, new approaches, new benefits and new communities. The website for the event is at http://bit.ly/ZMUFJ7 and EDItEUR members can write to us to obtain a 10% discount code.

Digital Publishing Forum - Improving learning outcomes in Higher Education through the use of digital technology

20 March 2013, 16:00 to 18:00
Chadwick B05 Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom

March's Digital Publishing Forum will be chaired by Anthony Watkinson, UCL.

With advances in technology and changing student expectations, the academic market for learning materials is rapidly evolving towards a digital future. Students no longer learn, nor lecturers teach, from a printed textbook; they have integrated digital content and tools at their fingertips to ensure a more compelling learning experience. In this seminar, Wiley, Blackboard and Kortext will provide insights into how this world is changing and how these electronic resources are benefiting the higher education environment.

Speakers are Andrejs Alferovs, President, Kortext; Neil Broomfield, Business Development Director, Wiley's Global Education division in EMEA; and Sam Weber, Blackboard's Senior Director for International Business Development. Please see http://bit.ly/S5EO9A for more information.

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://bit.ly/Xi9sJP. During this conference there will take place an ICEDIS meeting (see below.)

ICEDIS Meeting, UKSG Bournemouth

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

ICEDIS - The International Committee on EDI for Serials - will hold its next full meeting on Wednesday 10 April 2013 in Bournemouth during the United Kingdom Serials Group's Annual Conference and Exhibition. 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.

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.

BIC Supply Chain Seminar

17 April 2013, 10:00–12:00
Cromwell Room, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA, United Kingdom

The BIC Supply Chain Seminar will take place at the London Book Fair, Wednesday 17 April 2013, in Earls Court Exhibition Centre. Every year for the past 13 years, the Supply Chain Seminar has provided international representatives of industry and the public an opportunity to meet and exchange views and information on all aspects of the supply chain. Please see http://bit.ly/ZUI8EF.

Publishers' Forum 2013 and TOC Buchreport

22-23 April 2013
Hotel Concorde Berlin, Augsburger Strasse 41, 10789 Berlin, Germany

This year's event will be the tenth Publishers' Forum, which promises to be bigger than ever. EDItEUR Member Klopotek hosted the first Production in Publishing Forum in 2004 together with its partners Arvato Systems, Bertelsmann, and with support from consultant Joachim Brunold. Since then Production in Publishing Forum has seen enormous success and a steadily growing number of participants, and it has helped drive progress around standardization.

On Day 2 of the 2013 event, 23 April, there will be launched an additional sales-oriented conference - TOC buchreport - with the motto Getting E-Books Mainstream. EDItEUR and BISG (also an EDItEUR member) will be hosting a workshop at TOC Buchreport.

You can view the website for the Publishers' Forum at http://bit.ly/15hfDD4, whilst the website for the TOC buchreport can be found at http://bit.ly/WxnZqF.

A Technical Introduction to ONIX and XML

25 April 2013, 10:00-17:00
The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB, United Kingdom

This course is aimed at those responsible for developing, implementing or operating systems: for producing or consuming ONIX for Books product data; or for data quality control. One of the key aims of the course is to provide an introduction to XML for those with no knowledge of the technology, so no previous XML experience is necessary. The other key aim of the course is to introduce ONIX for Books from an XML perspective. It would be helpful if delegates have a basic understanding of the product information requirements of the book supply chain. You can view further details for this event at http://bit.ly/ZmAV17.

Ebooks 2013

9 May 2013, 10:00-17:00
The JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT, London, United Kingdom

The next annual Ebooks conference will address the twin themes of emerging business models, including open access and self published ebooks, as well as the developing tools to manage and discover these. Expert speakers will cover these issues the at 9 May event to be held under the direction of the Centre for Publishing. The keynote this year will be a strategic overview from Lorraine Estelle, the CEO of JISC Collections; other speakers include Jeni Evans from Ingram and their Vitalsource ebook platform, Richard Wallis from OCLC, Dan Martin, Director of Strategy and Chameleon, Robert Faber, Director of the Discoverability Program from OUP, and Nick Canty of UCL itself. The event's website is located at http://bit.ly/16EfRYf.

BIC Training Course - Bibliographic metadata and ONIX: practical guidance and best practice

14 May 2013, 10:00-17:00
The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB, United Kingdom

This course is run as a collaboration between Book Industry Communication (BIC) and The Publishing Training Centre, 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. Please see the website at http://bit.ly/ZmAV17.

BookExpo America

29 May-1 June 2013
Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York, N.Y. 10001, U.S.A.

BookExpo America (BEA) is the ideal place for content creators and consumers to discover new books/titles, meet favorite and new authors, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those have a passion for books and reading. The event will give attendees access to the largest show floor in North America with 1,300+ exhibitors, as well as special events and the Digital Discovery Zone (D2Z) brought to you by IDPF. Please see the website at http://bit.ly/Ym3z04 for full details.

NASIG Conference

05-09 June 2013
Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center, Two Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, New York, USA 14202

The 28th annual NASIG conference will take place in Buffalo, NY, in June 2013. It provides a casual venue for preconferences, formal sessions, practical workshops, special events, and networking. An emphasis on thoughtful discourse and informality promotes an intensity of purpose not always possible at other conferences, and this year's event will be no exception.

SSP 35th Annual Meeting

05-07 June 2013
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel, 55 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

The Society of Scholarly Publishing presents the 35th SSP Annual Meeting entitled "Surviving (and Thriving!) in Our Multi-Access World: Navigating the New Publishing Paradigm", which will take place in San Francisco, California. The SSP Annual Meeting is the focal point for those engaged in scholarly communication. By bringing professionals together in an open exchange of the newest technical and industry related information, the meeting provides the highest standards in professional communication.

Future Publishing and Accessibility Conference

13-14 June 2013
CPH-Conference, Tietgensgade 65, DK 1704 Copenhagen V, Denmark

The Future Publishing and Accessibility conference will highlight and encourage conversations surrounding the perspectives for the future of publishing and accessibility. Discussions will take place regarding topics such as 'Will the role of publishing companies, manufacturers and libraries change dramatically?', 'Who will be the dominating players in the future?' and 'What will be the socio-economic and commercial consequences?' Please see the website at http://bit.ly/YjKIG8.

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For further details, contact

Mark Bide, Executive Director
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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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