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Newsletter November 2012


Frankfurter Buchmesse logo Frankfurt Book Fair 2012 and
Tools of Change Conference

EDItEUR was once again active during Frankfurt Book Fair, held in October 2012. We hosted meetings for our committees in many areas of our work – you can read about our ICEDIS Meeting and ONIX for Books International Steering Committee Meeting in the relevant sections of this newsletter. And as always, we hosted an Open Meeting for EDItEUR members, and it was a genuine pleasure to see so many of our members in attendance.

We were also very pleased with the success of our Supply Chain Track, held for the second consecutive year as part of the Tools of Change Conference. This is an extremely well-attended and popular event; you can view the session details, speaker listing and, where available, presentations from the 2012 event by visiting our website at http://bit.ly/T6GhcL.

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EDItEUR’s Operating Principles

At its meeting in Frankfurt on 11 October, the EDItEUR Board approved the adoption of a set of ‘operating principles’ for EDItEUR. This important document defines the way in which deliver our mission. It’s now been published on our website, and we are pleased to share it here:

  1. We are a membership organisation, bringing together members from many different parts of the book and journal supply chains in many different countries. We seek to serve all our members without favouring specific sectoral or national interests; and to serve the broader stakeholder community from which our membership is drawn.
  2. We encourage the greatest possible stakeholder and member engagement in our decision making processes.
  3. Our primary objectives, as defined in our mission and scope statements, are:
    1. Implementation of standards (both our own and other relevant standards)
      1. In established markets and territories
      2. In new/developing markets and territories
    2. Compliance, for example by delivering
      1. Documentation
      2. Validation tools
      3. Training
    3. Continuous development of our standards and services to meet market requirements
  4. We are committed to excellence in all our deliverables and in all aspects of our service to our stakeholders; our most precious asset is our brand, and we aim through our performance to enhance our brand value and to increase global brand awareness
  5. In support of our primary objectives, the most critical priority for EDItEUR management is to create and maintain an organisation that is both credible and sustainable, with access to the right balance of expertise to allow it to undertake its mission as defined in our scope and mission statement
  6. In order to do this, we need to generate balanced and sustainable revenue streams
    1. From membership subscriptions
    2. From services
    3. From projects, training and consultancy
  7. Our primary mechanism for revenue growth is to continue to grow our membership; however, growth in our membership should never be seen purely in financial terms – it is at least as important in adding to our credibility as a governance organisation, and in improving the geographic and sectoral “spread” of representation. We prioritise retention of our members, to maintain stability and continuity in our membership base. We will continually strive to broaden our membership in all membership categories.
  8. We will continue to seek opportunities to serve other standards organisations, to minimise the problem of proliferation and to be recognised as a single global focus of industry expertise in standards development, deployment and governance. This both increases efficiency for the industry as a whole, and also supports the credibility of the EDItEUR brand, a critical priority.
  9. We will continue to seek to participate in projects which can make effective use of our expertise, build our knowledge or network, support our other objectives and are at a minimum financially neutral. In undertaking projects (including, for example, training) we will seek not to compete with our members but rather to support them.
  10. We strive to continue to be an excellent employer and to develop and retain the expertise that, alongside our brand, is our primary asset.

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ONIX for Books

International Steering Committee

Representatives of the various ONIX national groups attended the ONIX International Steering Committee meeting during the Frankfurt Book Fair.

This is the key committee that controls the future development of ONIX. Graham Bell reported on current developments – the ongoing quarterly codelist issues, work to improve the schemas for ONIX 3.0, the development of the Schematron enhanced validation tool, and experiments with ‘linked data’. There was extensive discussion of various outline proposals for future development during 2013, including the possibility of an ONIX ‘reply message’ to confirm the recipient has received and ingested a message – or alternatively supplying some error information – and various small additions comprising a potential future ONIX 3.0.2. The national groups also discussed how far the scope of ONIX for Books should be extended to take into account the wider range of goods flowing through ‘book’ supply chains.

Complete minutes of the meeting are available now on the EDItEUR website at http://bit.ly/TMim0z.

Codelists Issue 19 released

Issue 19 of the ONIX for Books codelists was approved by the ONIX International Steering Committee, and was released at the end of October.

The new issue contains only a handful of new codes:

You can download the updated codelists in various formats (for readable PDF or HTML please click http://bit.ly/ZY8qYA, or click here for CSV, tab or XML files: http://bit.ly/ROk300), or simply check the new codes that have been added at http://bit.ly/ZY8qYA. The various documentation packages for ONIX 3.0 (http://bit.ly/SYFTwv) and ONIX 2.1 (http://bit.ly/S5LQuc) have also been updated with the latest codelists.

Issue 20 is in the early stages of development, and is planned for publication at the end of January. If you have requests or suggestions for new codelist entries, contact EDItEUR either through your national ONIX group, or via e-mail to graham@editeur.org.

HTML documentation for ONIX 2.1

The main documentation for ONIX 2.1 comes in multiple PDFs – there are two separate documents that describe the <Product> record, and the overall message structure and <Header>, plus a third which is an overview. There are also separate documents for the more specialist Main series and Subseries records, and for the Supply update format.

In contrast, the ONIX 3.0 documentation is available as either PDF or HTML. Developers in particular appear to prefer the HTML version.

Now, the key 2.1 documents are also available as HTML from http://bit.ly/QpiwAs. The message structure, <Header> and <Product> documents have been combined for maximum convenience, though the text is essentially identical to the PDF versions, and the opportunity has been taken to correct a couple of very minor documentation errors. Clickable links to the codelists should be more reliable too (links in the PDFs work with Adobe Reader, but not with all other PDF applications).

ONIX training in London

BIC is repeating its popular Bibliographic metadata and ONIX: practical guidance, best practice training course on 23 November in London. This is an in-depth, full-day session led by Graham Bell of EDItEUR, 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. The course is equally suitable for those with no pre-existing knowledge of ONIX, and for those who’ve been using ONIX for a decade.

Contact info@editeur.org if you are interested in partnering with EDItEUR on other ONIX training.

In brief

• Anyone working with ONIX for Books should subscribe to the implementers mailing list at http://bit.ly/TMim0z

• If you have implemented ONIX – any version, as sender or recipient, or as service provider – then add your details to the ONIX Users and Services Directory at http://bit.ly/PQhQTN

• Check the details listed for your National Group (http://bit.ly/UQCfoe) and let us know if any corrections are necessary.

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Licensing Terms and Rights Information

ONIX-RS rollout to additional ARROW partner countries

ONIX for Rights Information Services (ONIX-RS) continues to be deployed successfully within the ARROW service. The format supports largely automated queries and responses about availabilities, rights and permissions, typically for print books that partners are seeking to digitize. It is also an important component in the process of diligent search to identify rights holders and/or to establish whether a particular work is orphan. For more information on ARROW see http://bit.ly/UQ9Zb7.

Italy and Greece are in the process of being included within the service, alongside original implementers in France, Germany, Spain and the UK. Next in line, it is planned to integrate Belgium and the Netherlands in late 2012 or early 2013. Against the background of this intensive usage, EDItEUR is in discussion with ARROW participants about measures to make sure that significant changes in ONIX for Books are reflected as appropriate in ONIX-RS and also steps toward the eventual formation of an ONIX-RS user group.

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News from ICEDIS: serials, subscriptions & library supply

ICEDIS at Frankfurt

Just ahead of the Book Fair, ICEDIS held its latest Committee Meeting in Frankfurt on 8th October. The meeting was very well attended, including a number of participants and guests new to ICEDIS, and provided a forum for a wide-ranging update and discussion of priorities. The three Working Groups currently active – dealing with Price/Payment Reconciliation, Structured Names & Addresses, and New Orders – reported back on their progress and were asked to continue with the completion of the tasks envisaged.

Participants also debated some suggested modifications to legacy standards, brainstormed issues connected with Product Identifiers and Open Access (see below), and decided on the main areas for attention over the coming year. Minutes of the meeting are available from info@editeur.org.

A new Co-Chair for ICEDIS

ICEDIS welcomed the election of a new co-chair during the Frankfurt meeting. Dan Heffernan of systems vendor Advantage Computing Services took on the role for a three-year term, alongside co-chair Keith Whiter (Elsevier), who stays in post until late 2013. Dan replaces Ramon Schrama from Swets, who stands down for a very well earned rest after helping lead ICEDIS through eight very busy years. Thank you, Ramon and good luck, Dan!

Structured Name & Address Model

As reported in the September issue of this Newsletter, a working draft of the Structured Name & Address model (http://bit.ly/PzlJsT) has been published on the EDItEUR website. The Frankfurt meeting heard an extended update on progress with this initiative, and in particular the ongoing work to carry out a ‘paper pilot’ based upon a small library of test name & address types. This pilot will be used to further test the model before live exchanges get underway, probably in early 2013. Alongside the original aims, there is also emerging interest in using the model framework for exchanging structured information about publishers and imprints.

Focus on Implementation

Setting priorities for resource allocation is always a key part of ICEDIS meetings. Over the past several years, the focus has been on new message development, whether this concerned Claims, Price communications, New Orders or Structured Names & Addresses. ICEDIS now feels that the appropriate focus over the next twelve months should be on a phase of consolidation – working to make sure that we derive the maximum possible benefit from these various new formats before launching any completely new initiatives.

To best realize this aim, EDItEUR will work with ICEDIS members to encourage new implementations and make sure that interpretations of the newer standards are harmonized and accredited across the group. Specifically, we will push for the widest implementation of the ONIX-PC price catalog and the ICEDIS XML Claims messages. EDItEUR will support this as appropriate by improving documentation, providing sample files and message fragments, and arranging training courses if required.

Impacts of Open Access models

The advent of Open Access publishing models is already stimulating significant changes in the supply chain for journals and other subscription resources. The range of available products spans the spectrum from ‘conventional’ journals funded entirely by subscriptions, through hybrid titles with both subscription-funded and open access articles to journals that are entirely open access. ICEDIS members in Frankfurt brainstormed possible impacts and outcomes of this evolution. Although it is difficult to predict impacts and timings with any accuracy, all were agreed that there will be significant changes over the next few years in business models and communication requirements. NISO has recently launched an initiative on metadata needs for open access models and EDItEUR will actively participate in and monitor this work.

The EDItEUR and ICEDIS websites

Over past months we have been carrying out a planned transition so that all the EDItEUR and ICEDIS standards for subscriptions and library supply are more coherently presented on the EDItEUR website. This process is nearing completion, although of course the relevant resources will continue to be developed and enhanced in their new settings. The existing ICEDIS website has for some time been difficult and inflexible to properly maintain and we will be closing it down in mid-December when this transition is concluded. However, the ICEDIS committee and ‘brand’ continue to be very much at the centre of our activities in this area. We will retain ownership of the icedis.org domain name and arrange redirects for any incoming traffic so that searches or bookmarked page requests are automatically rerouted to the EDItEUR site.

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Other Major Projects


EDItEUR is pleased to announce its involvement in Digital Cultural Heritage – Roadmap for Preservation. This initiative is a coordination action to develop and validate a roadmap for the implementation of a distributed preservation e-infrastructure for Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH).

DCH-RP logoThe cultural heritage sector is producing a large amount of digital content that needs to be safely stored, permanently accessed and easily re-used by humanities researchers. A federated e-infrastructure for preserving this data will exploit the facilities offered by various research infrastructures, including NREN, Grid initiatives and newer data infrastructure models. DCH-RP will produce a roadmap to be executed within future implementation projects. It will explore: how to harmonise data preservation policies in the DCH sector at European and international level; how to progress the dialogue among DCH institutions, e-infrastructures, research and private organisations; governance, maintenance and sustainability models. Please visit the DCH-RP website at http://bit.ly/WglVyd.

Enabling Technologies Framework

The Enabling Technologies Framework project has been busy with events in recent months and our event at Frankfurt entitled: A New Market: Accessible e-books in Mainstream Channels was very well received. The speakers encouraged publishers to discover the mainstream opportunities that digital publishing can offer readers with print disabilities from a number of different perspectives. All slides from this 2 hour session can be viewed at http://bit.ly/TTqM8H. We are very grateful to our speakers for making this such a thought provoking seminar and to the LIA project group for their collaboration for this event.

Future Accessibility-related events include:

e-Books and Accessibility Conference: Ugly Duckling or Adolescent Swan? Jointly sponsored by EDItEUR and JISC TechDis on 13 February 2013 at Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E. This one day event will be of value to all concerned with academic publishing. For library and disability staff it’s a chance to be inspired by new opportunities and empowered to influence change. For publishers it’s an opportunity to understand an increasingly significant issue for education, see how others have responded and work out how to better target and market your products. For more information on the event and booking please see http://bit.ly/S5LvHV.

Tool of Change New York – End to end accessibility: a journey through the supply chain. This panel session will take place on 13 February 2013 during the Tools of Change New York Conference. The panel will discuss accessibility challenges faced by people and organisations in each part of the supply chain, highlighting with practical examples the ways accessibility can and should be embedded. Inadvertent barriers to accessibility within the supply chain can easily be avoided if we all work together. Speakers include representatives from EDItEUR, RNIB, Barnes & Noble and VitalSource.

For further information on these events and details of The Enabling Technologies Framework project please contact Sarah Hilderley at sarah@editeur.org.

Linked Heritage

This is a 30-month, EC-funded collaboration between commercial publishing supply chain organisations and cultural heritage institutions like libraries, archives and museums. Our involvement as lead partner for public-private partnership is entering its final phase: the elaboration of agreements to enable commercially viable, legally compliant contribution of book metadata and cover image thumbnails to the EC's flagship heritage portal, Europeana (http://bit.ly/PM6JKc.)

Michael Hopwood’s latest report, D4.2 Specification of the technologies chosen (http://bit.ly/WsqUR9), has now been published: it contains a detailed technical (XSLT) mapping between ONIX for Books and the LIDO data schema used in Linked Heritage. The mapping has been implemented in the MINT data aggregation and transformation software used in the project, so book metadata can now be ingested to test the schema mapping and prototype contributions of a small subset of data to Europeana.

One major barrier to this may be Europeana’s decision to publish their textual metadata (though not thumbnails) under Creative Commons ‘CC0 terms' - http://bit.ly/QVewri - entailing the waiving of all rights in the textual metadata, and allowing Europeana to redistribute the metadata without restrictions. This policy originates in the cultural heritage sector’s general drive towards openness, but EDItEUR is investigating whether it introduces serious disincentives for publishers, given the existing commercial market for product metadata and services built around it.

Members, especially publishers, product data aggregation services, and retailers, are invited to contribute to current discussions informing this work, as it will be of fundamental value in informing the debate around commercial sector involvement in Europeana and related projects of the European Commission. Please contact michael@editeur.org to find out more.

Graham Bell will present the progress of this part of the project at Linked Heritage’s plenary meeting in Lisbon at the end of November.

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Forthcoming Events

Digital Publishing Forum: Open Access Publishing

28 November 2012, 16:00 to 18:00
University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom

It can now be safely said that all academic journal publishers are at the least experimenting with the open access model. Publishing open access does however require changes in work flows, in marketing priorities, and in responding to funding opportunities. In this forum speakers from established open access publishers and mainly subscription publishers with experience of publishing open access journals will share their experiences.

As always, EDItEUR or Publishers’ Association members can get a 50% discount for Digital Publishing Forum events. Please view the website for this event at http://bit.ly/S5EO9A or e-mail the organisers at infostudies-conferences@ucl.ac.uk.

BIC’s Battle of the Library Systems!

28 November 2012, 14:00 to 18:00
CILIP Building, 7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE, United Kingdom

Book Industry Communication will be hosting an ‘Open v Proprietary’ debate on 28 November 2012. The House Motion is: Open source is about distributed innovation and will become the dominant way of producing software

There will be two panels of industry experts presenting their arguments for and against open and proprietary library systems. For further details and registration information please visit http://bit.ly/T6KRaX.

Publishers’ Association International Conference 2012

13 December 2012, 08:30 to 17:15
30 Euston Square, Camden Town, London, NW1 2FB, United Kingdom

The 2012 Publishers’ Association International Conference, including more speakers than ever before, will introduce a format mixing fixed panel sessions with in-depth roundtable discussions. The Conference takes place on Thursday 13 December 2012 and will feature Nick Baird, CEO of UK Trade & Investment as the keynote speaker. Other sessions will cover Turkey, Vietnam and Canada, the international schools market and digital marketing. The website of the Publishers’ Association is http://bit.ly/UagYJI.

Digital Book World Conference + Expo 2013

15–17 January 2013
Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, United States

Digital Book World is a leading source of news, analysis and education on digital publishing in all its forms. It is a fast-growing online community of digital publishing professionals and a producer of market-leading events such as the annual Digital Book World Conference + Expo, a conference on digital publishing and digital publishing strategies. The Conference brings together over 1,000 publishing professionals focused on developing, building and transforming their organizations to compete in the new digital publishing environment. Check the website at http://bit.ly/Tbtzwp for further details.

Tools of Change Conference New York

12–14 February 2013
New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, United States

In February, the publishing industry gathers at the O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) to explore the forces that are transforming publishing and focus on solutions to the most critical issues facing the publishing world.

You can get full details at http://bit.ly/SYJD10 but in 2013 the conference will cover:

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New Members

National Library of Poland

The National Library acts as the central library of the state, and is one of the most important cultural institutions in Poland. Its mission is to protect national heritage preserved in the form of handwritten, printed, electronic, recorded sound and audiovisual documents. The primary task of the National Library is to acquire, store and permanently archive the intellectual output of Poles, whether the works of citizens living on Polish soil, the most important foreign works, or publications related to Poland and published abroad. The library’s website is www.bn.org.pl.

Frankfurter Buchmesse

As part of EDItEUR’s continued association with the Frankfurt Book Fair – the largest annual trade fair for publishing – we are delighted to report that Frankfurter Buchmesse, the organisation that co-ordinates the Fair, has become an EDItEUR Member. The website of Frankfurt Book Fair is www.book-fair.com/.

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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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