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Newsletter May 2014


London Book Fair 2014

London Book Fair 2014

As usual, EDItEUR participated in a successful London Book Fair – the last at the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre before a move back to Olympia next year. Our exhibitor stand generated considerable interest amongst delegates and all of EDItEUR’s meetings were well-attended by our Members and colleagues. These included only the second meeting of the Thema International Steering Committee alongside the usual ONIX Steering Committee meeting and EDItEUR Open Meeting for Members. There was also a send-off for EDItEUR’s outgoing Executive Director, Mark Bide. Details of news regarding the individual aspects of EDItEUR’s work can be found in the relevant sections of this newsletter. It just remains for us to say thank you to our Members for their continued support at London Book Fair and throughout the year.

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Preserving E-books

Those Newsletter readers closely involved with serials resources will already be aware of the preservation landscape that has developed around e-journal content over the last ten to fifteen years. Specialized agencies and services such as CLOCKSS, LOCKSS, Portico and JSTOR have established critical and enduring arrangements with publishers to assure the long-term preservation of e-journals, as have a number of national libraries including the British Library, the Dutch National Library (e-Depot of the KB) and others.

Now the focus is moving to parallel requirements for eBook preservation. During May, EDItEUR was invited to participate in a briefing workshop on ‘Preserving e-Books’, organized by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC). The workshop very usefully explored a range of issues that will need to be resolved, including the very practical topic of guidance on how ISBNs should be assigned to eBooks, as advised by the International ISBN Agency. The session also previewed a very valuable forthcoming DPC Technology Watch Report on Preserving e-Books, by Amy Kirchhoff & Sheila Morrissey, which will be published in late June.

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EDItEUR is hiring

EDItEUR – the trade standards body for the global book, e-book and serials supply chain – is looking for a Standards Editor to join the small team developing and supporting standards like ONIX, EDItX and Thema.

This is a full-time, permanent post based in EDItEUR’s London office, though it requires some UK and European travel. Salary is dependent upon range of skills and experience. Consideration may also be given to a part-time appointment (at least three days a week) for a candidate with suitable skills. For further details see the announcement on the EDItEUR website or contact info@editeur.org

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ONIX for Books

ONIX at London Book Fair

A well-attended face-to-face meeting of the ONIX International Steering Committee was held during the Fair, chaired for the first time by Laurent Dervieu of French EDItEUR member Electre.

The main topic of discussion was the impending ‘sunset’ of ONIX 2.1 – in line with the announcement more than two years ago, support for version 2.1 will be reduced at the end of this year and organisations still using ONIX 2.1 are strongly encouraged to migrate to release 3.0. (Read a blog post on migration by Graham Bell.)

Sunset will result in the removal of various online resources, including the online DTD and XSD files that are used for validation, and archiving of the documentation for version 2.1. However, version 2.1 will not ‘stop working’ – inevitably, many organisations that have not migrated to ONIX 3.0 before the sunset date will continue to use the old message format, and in the short term at least, they may not have any significant problems. However, organisations that have not yet migrated to the newer version must weigh the risk that a major trading partner might decide to support only version 3.0, providing little notice.

There are calls – in particular from BISG which manages the ONIX national group for USA – for some measure of support for ONIX 2.1 to be continued after sunset (this has been termed ‘twilight’ support). This twilight support would be limited solely to continued updates to a handful of codelists that are unique to version 2.1, and for an agreed fixed period only.

Twilight support could be viewed as a pragmatic reaction to the slow migration to ONIX 3.0 in some markets, and the need to give organisations a little longer to complete the change. On the other hand, it could be seen as reducing the need to migrate, allowing organisations to further delay development work, and thus inevitably raising costs across the whole industry because of the continued need to support both standards. Both these views were strongly represented among committee members. No final decision was made, but the committee did reaffirm the overall sunset date would remain unchanged – ONIX 2.1 will become a legacy format at the end of 2014. Discussions on limited twilight support for a handful of codelists will be concluded within the next couple of months.

The steering committee also approved publication of Issue 25 of the ONIX codelists.

Full draft minutes of the Steering Committee meeting are available on the ONIX maintenance and support page of the EDItEUR website.

ONIX Codelists updates

Following approval by the International Steering Committee, Issue 25 of the ONIX codelists was released in mid-April, for use with both ONIX 2.1 and ONIX 3.0. A full list of the additions can be seen on the ONIX codelists page of the EDItEUR website, and the codelists themselves can be downloaded as HTML, PDF, CSV, tab-separated and XML formats.

Other updates

● BISG has released a guideline document on the inclusion of keywords in metadata. The guide can be downloaded free of charge from the BISG website.

● If you want your organisation listed in the ONIX Users and Services Directory on the EDItEUR website, you can fill in the form, and your details will be added within a few days. You do not need to be an EDItEUR member. If your organisation is already listed in the directory, then any corrections can be e-mailed to info@editeur.org

● EDItEUR and BIC will be running ONIX training courses in London on 25th and 26th June. If your organisation is interested in partnering with EDItEUR to deliver ONIX training, either on a commercial or in-house basis, please contact info@editeur.org.

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Thema at London Book Fair

The Thema International Steering Committee held its second face-to-face meeting during the London Book Fair, the first after release of Thema as a live standard.

The delegates at the meeting discussed the main issues that need to be decided as Thema develops – for example, the various requests and suggestions for new subject categories that have been received, and questions of how to describe some stylistic or cultural features of literature (‘Spanish literature’ is not merely literature written in Spanish, or set in Spain, nor is it necessarily written by a Spanish author). Thema needs to be responsive to these requests, but at the same time remain a stable scheme for implementers. A timetable for the development and agreement of an updated version 1.1 was outlined, with planned publication after the Frankfurt Book Fair – an initial annual cadence of revisions is natural, though it is not the long-term intention to revise Thema yearly.

Full draft minutes of the Steering Committee meeting are available on the EDItEUR website. If you have requests or suggestions for the development of Thema, get in touch with the relevant Thema national group, or direct with EDItEUR.

Further resources available for Thema

● Complete French and Norwegian translations have been compiled by EDItEUR members Cercle de la Librairie and Den norske Bokdatabasen, and are now available via the main Thema resource page on the EDItEUR website. They have also been added to the interactive Thema browser. A number of other translations are in development, and will become available over the next few months.

● The Book Industry Study Group and BookNet Canada have teamed up to produce both a mapping from the widely-used North American BISAC subject scheme to Thema, and an online tool for automating the BISAC to Thema mapping. The mapping can be obtained from BISG (it forms a part of the BISAC Subject Headings 2013 edition). The automated mapping tool provides both one-at-a-time and automated bulk mappings. It’s free to use, and provides a great way to deal with your backlist classifications – read more about it here.

● Interest in Thema continues to grow, with new National Groups being set up in Australia, China, Japan and Poland. Implementations of Thema are beginning to go live, including the German VLB books in print database, which now includes Thema codes in ONIX imports and exports, in its web-based submission form, and enables search by Thema subject.

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News from ICEDIS: serials, subscriptions & library supply

ICEDIS Meeting at UKSG

On 16 April ICEDIS held its customary spring meeting at the UKSG Conference in Harrogate, UK. The meeting was well attended, bringing together as usual many of the major players in the serials industry. Taylor & Francis’s Shilo de Vries ably chaired her first full ICEDIS Meeting and Ringgold’s Phil Nicolson kindly gave a “guest presentation” on the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) and other recent developments in organizational and personal identifiers.

Three topics stood out for special mention, alongside updates on ongoing work and revised website resources.

The first was continued rollout of the serials price/product catalog ONIX-PC: Springer is the latest major player to implement the format, with preparations well advanced for its live introduction this summer to support the 2015 pricing round. The second of these topics was Open Access, which is transforming significant areas of previously “traditional” publishing models and operations. ICEDIS voted to convene a working group to investigate and advise on how or in which areas we should seek to respond to various OA requirements.

The third and over-arching theme was continued preparation for the eventual migration to a revised and more up-to-date family of serials standards, eventually replacing the legacy renewals and other standards in use since the early ‘90s. Over coming months the ICEDIS co-chairs and EDItEUR will be working to survey membership priorities, as part of the work to build convincing business cases for adoption of the new approaches.

Minutes of the Harrogate ICEDIS Meeting will be finalized later this month and will be available on the EDItEUR website. Looking forward, the next two scheduled full meetings of ICEDIS will be on the Monday of Book Fair week in Frankfurt (6 October) and during the Charleston Conference (probably 5 November, to be confirmed). Please contact Tim Devenport if you would like to know more.

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Other Major Projects

ARROW Association

Many readers will be familiar with the ARROW and ARROW Plus projects. The first of these EU-funded initiatives (ARROW) set up a collaborative service for rights discovery and provided structured support for diligent search to establish whether or not literary works were ‘orphan’. ARROW Plus then sought to build sustainable Books In Print databases, where these did not previously exist, across many countries in Europe. Both projects have now concluded but one of their recommendations was the formation of an ARROW Association to continue the work. EDItEUR has recently become a Member of the ARROW Association, and we look forward to remaining involved with what is such an important body of work.

DCH-RP: Preserving Digital Cultural Heritage

DCH-RP: survey on publisher partnerships

As reported in previous issues of the Newsletter, the DCH-RP project is constructing a roadmap to inform the decisions of those responsible for preserving objects of digital cultural heritage. The project brings together representatives of National Research Networks (NRNs) and other providers of advanced cloud and grid infrastructures with players from cultural heritage institutions (museums, libraries, galleries, etc.) across Europe.

EDItEUR is the DCH-RP partner charged with building bridges between project participants and the world of publishing. We are currently running a survey into factors that might predispose publishers towards partnerships with cultural heritage institutions, to expose these digital cultural assets more widely and thus contribute to the sustainability of the preservation efforts. If you are interested in this area and could contribute 15 minutes of your time to filling in the survey, please click here. EDItEUR’s Tim Devenport would very much appreciate your inputs.

DCH-RP: plenary meeting in Tallinn

The DCH-RP project is now entering its final months, with an updated and extended version of its key deliverable – The Roadmap for Preservation – to be published in early October. EDItEUR participated in the project plenary meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, in late April. This session focused on critique and validation of the project’s proposals from a wide and very diverse group of cultural heritage professionals and e-infrastructure providers. The DCH-RP website has more detail on recent project developments and the DCH-RP deliverables published to date.

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Forthcoming Events

2014 SSP 36th Annual Meeting

28–30 May 2014. The Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210, United States

The 36th annual meeting of the Society of Scholarly Publishing will be held in Boston, Massachusetts. The meeting theme is: Who’s at Stake and What’s at Stake? Looking Outward at the Future of Scholarly Publishing. 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.

BookExpo America

28–31 May 2014. Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York, N.Y. 10001, United States

BookExpo America (BEA) is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an international audience. The event is widely known and is somewhere for content creators, media, booksellers, rights professionals, and movie and television executives to meet new authors, discover new books, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those who have a passion for books and reading. BEA is foremost a gathering place for creative writers and thinkers and the commerce they create. The website for BookExpo America can be found at http://www.bookexpoamerica.com.

BIC Training Course - Bibliographic metadata and ONIX

25 June 2014, 09:30 to 17:00. CILIP, 7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE, United Kingdom

The next ONIX Training Courses in the UK, run as a collaboration between Book Industry Communication (BIC) and EDItEUR, will take place in June. On 25 June, there will be 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 visit the Eventbrite website to book onto this course.

BIC Training Course - Advanced ONIX for Books Course

26 June 2014, 09:30 to 17:00. CILIP, 7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE, United Kingdom

The next Advanced ONIX course will take place the day after the Bibliographic Metadata and ONIX course, which delegates should ideally have attended in the past. The Advanced 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, and who have some experience with using ONIX.

The trainer is EDItEUR’s Graham Bell and you can book by visiting the Eventbrite website.

ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

26 June-1 July 2014. Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, United States

ALA Annual Conference programs, updates, conversations, and other events cover key issues such as digital content and e-books, technology in libraries, innovation, books and hundreds of authors, leadership, library advocacy, community engagement, and library marketing. Please see the website for a full list of events and schedules.

NISO-BISG 8th Annual ALA Forum: The Changing Standards Landscape

27 June 2014, 12:00 to 16:00. Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, United States

The Changing Standards Landscape is an annual program organized jointly by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and will be held at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

The 2014 program will explore how globalization is affecting the publishing and library communities in an increasingly digital marketplace, and the website for this event can be found on NISO’s website.

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New Members

IPR License

IPR License

IPR License is a global rights licensing platform, containing over 14m book records. Members can license a wide range of book rights for immediate revenue, and buyers can find the best new work through TradeRights, IPR License’s unique bespoke software that allows offers, negotiation and deals to be completed all in one place. IPR License’s global reach covers over 50,000 publishers in over 90 countries.

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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

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