Newsletter November 2016


38th International Supply Chain Seminar

EDItEUR’s re-launched 38th International Supply Chain Seminar – held as usual on the Tuesday before the main opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair – once again attracted an excellent audience and a high-quality group of speakers focussed on standards for content, metadata and identifiers for the book supply chain. The event also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the creation of EDItEUR – initially it was an EC-funded project centred on encouraging the use of EDI in the book trade that began in 1991, but became an independent standards organisation three years later.

Bill Kasdorf of APEX presenting at the 38th International Supply Chain Seminar

Bill Kasdorf detailed the changes in the latest EPUB 3.1 standard

Presentations from the various speakers are now available from the EDItEUR website. The range and quality of the presentations, and the depth of the knowledge of the speakers was reflected in excellent feedback from the delegates at the mini-conference, and EDItEUR members should mark their calendars for Tuesday 10th October 2017.

EDItEUR thanks its partner the Frankfurter Buchmesse for helping to make this event possible.

During the main Fair, EDItEUR hosted meetings of the International Steering Committees for Thema and for ONIX for Books, and inaugurated a similar steering committee for the EDItX range of message standards. Prior to the Fair, it held a meeting of ICEDIS committee, which is the special interest group for EDItEUR’s range of message standards for the Serials supply chain.

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International ISBN Agency News

Events and regional meetings

At the Frankfurt Book Fair, staff of the International ISBN Agency were pleased to meet with a number of national ISBN agency delegates who had not been able to attend the AGM held in September in Vienna. We would like to thank all delegates who made time during the busy Frankfurt fair to see us. As usual, the International ISBN Agency expects to be represented at both the London and Frankfurt Book Fairs in 2017 and we would happy to meet with any ISBN delegates also present at those fairs. Please let us know if you plan to be there.

CERLALC (Regional Centre for Book Development in Latin America and the Caribbean) is an intergovernmental body under the auspices of UNESCO that focuses on promotion and circulation of books, the promotion of literacy and the provision of training for those working in the book supply chain. As part of this, it provides valuable support (including software) to the ISBN agencies in its region. The CERLALC group of agencies held a meeting in Guatemala in late October. Delegates from CERLALC, 10 ISBN agencies from the region and the ISBN agency of Spain attended. Although on this occasion it was not possible for the International ISBN Agency to attend, we are very pleased that the CERLALC group was able to meet to discuss important issues in ISBN and publishing developments in general.

We hope that in 2017 there may be regional meetings taking place for the Nordic-Baltic group and the Arabic world, while our Annual General Meeting will take place in Ottawa, Canada where our hosts will be Library and Archives, Canada who operate the Canada (English Language) ISBN Agency. We will provide more information about these meetings to ISBN agencies as it becomes available.

Guidance on implementation of ISBN

The latest addition to the local language information on the International ISBN Agency website is the ISBN Handbook from Belarus. The site now features guidance on ISBN (Users’ Manual, Handbooks, etc) in 22 languages in addition to English. All the documents are downloadable from

Best Emirati Book by an Emirati Creative Writer

We congratulate Ms Basema Younes on her recent award for the Best Emirati Book by an Emirati Creative Writer, which was presented to her in early November. Part of the 35th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) Awards, the prize is presented to the author of the best poetry collection, novel, short story, or drama. Ms Younes’s winning novel, Until the End of the Month, is published by the Emirati Writers Union and will hopefully be available in translated versions soon. Basema is the Cultural Adviser at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development of the UAE, the organisation which also operates the ISBN Agency of UAE and she attended our AGM in Vienna this year. She has previously published several collections of short stories, novels and a play. The news article about Ms. Younes’s award and a photograph from the event can be seen at

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ONIX for Books

International Steering Committee

The International Steering Committee convened as usual during the Frankfurt Book Fair. During the meeting, Fride Fosseng of Bokbasen, representing the Norwegian national ONIX group, was elected as chair of the committee, replacing Laurent Dervieu of the French national group at the end of his three-year term. Draft minutes of the meeting are available via the EDItEUR website.


The International Steering Committee ratified a number of additions to the ONIX codelists, and Issue 35 of the lists was published at the end of October. This issue added:

The Steering Committee also decided that the upcoming Issue 36 of the codelists should be the last issue to support ONIX 2.1. It should be stressed that this does not mean that ONIX 2.1 will stop working after Issue 36 – it means only that continued use of 2.1 will require continued use of Issue 36 (or any earlier issue). As a reminder, the timeline for the reduction of support for updates to ONIX 2.1 has been:

Issue 36 is due to be released in January of 2017, and initial proposals for that release include:

These proposals will be circulated to the ONIX national groups for comments, and after any issues have been resolved and the proposals ratified, Issue 36 will be released. The archive packages for ONIX 2.1 held on the EDItEUR website will at that point be updated to include Issue 36, and thereafter, no further codelist additions will be made. Codelist issue 37 and later will be usable only with ONIX 3.0.

ONIX news in brief

ONIX training

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International Steering Committee

The Thema International Steering Committee met during the Frankfurt Book Fair. This meeting marked the end of Howard Willows’ three year term as chair of the committee, and Jesús Peraita – who is also the current chair of the EDItEUR Board of Directors and represents the Spanish Thema national user group – was elected to replace him.

Given the recent release of Thema version 1.2 (in May) and the even more recent addition of a range of national extensions for China (in August), the meeting was relatively short, but discussed the progress made with implementation of Thema across several countries (most particularly Germany and Scandinavia). The committee approved a new Irish national group, which was represented at the meeting.

The new Irish national group has already proposed an initial set of geographical national extensions covering the Republic of Ireland, and the UK group is also preparing a set of educational and geographical extensions to supplement those already part of the scheme. The Spanish national group is also considering a supplementary set of geographical extensions. Some of these proposals will be put forward for ratification into the scheme in January 2017, and others are likely to be released in April 2017,

The committee also considered the likely timetable for work on the next version: given the aim of a two-year cadence to updates, and the fact that a full revision can take up to nine months, work is unlikely to begin before mid-year or even the end of 2017 – but such timetables always have to take into account the real-world demand for new subject categories and key changes in the way that books are merchandised, promoted, discovered or analysed.

National extensions, translations, localisations

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Staff update

Tim Devenport appointed Executive Director of ISNI IA

portrait of Tim Devenport

EDItEUR is very pleased to announce that Tim Devenport has been confirmed as the first Executive director of the ISNI International Agency.

EDItEUR has provided an administrative management service to the ISNI-IA for several years, but hitherto the International Agency has had no executive staff. Great progress has been made with the ISNI standard due to the efforts of the various members of the Board, but activities have always been hampered by the lack of dedicated staff and – somewhat ironically – by the lack of a ‘public face’ for the standard.

Tim – ISNI 0000 0004 5913 7837 – has been closely involved with the workings of the ISNI system since the beginning of the year, and has already made a significant impact to drive the standard and its adoption forward. The number of registration agencies has grown, the finances of the agency are more robust, and there is more focus on promotion of the benefits of ISNI. In his new role, Tim recently attended the Pidapalooza conference held 9–10th November in Reykjavik. For more details of ISNI, please e-mail Tim at EDItEUR.

Tim will also continue in his role as Lead Consultant to ICEDIS, focusing on the various ONIX and ICEDIS standards for the serials supply chain.

Forthcoming Events

UKSG Conference London

15th November 2016, Grand Connaught Rooms, 61–65 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DA, UK

Expert speakers from the serials world will tackle issues including whether libraries are adapting their content and services to reflect changing behaviours and expectations in the scholarly communications ecosystem. Details from

FutureBook Conference

9am–5:30pm, Friday 2nd December, 155 Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street, London EC2M 3YD, UK

Europe’s largest digital publishing conference is expanding this year to include dedicated strands on the growing EdTech and audiobook markets, as well as presentation of the FutureBook Awards. Details and registration at

Accessible e-books awards nominations

The Accessible Books Consortium invites nominations for the 2017 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing. This award recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of commercial e-books or other digital publications for persons who are print disabled. Winners will be presented with trophies at the annual awards event held at the London Book Fair. Nominations online here by December 15, 2016.

Digital Book World

17–19th January, New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, USA

Now in its eighth year, Digital Book World – now known simply as ‘DBW’ – has a new direction. With a pivot toward solution-focused strategies paired with insightful programming, the new DBW conference is designed to equip your whole team with tangible skills needed to thrive in publishing’s evolving landscape.

Discovery and Discoverability seminar

13:30–17:30pm, Chancellors Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, United Kingdom

A half-day seminar in University College London’s series of events addressing developments in publishing, library and information science. Discovery and Discoverability will focus on innovations in how publications and library collections are being enhanced for discovery, how they are exposed to search engines and discovery tools and disseminated through social media.

ALA Midwinter

20–24th Januarty, Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA

The midwinter meeting of the American Library Association features exhibits, conference sessions, discussion groups, institutes and speakers, covering a whole range of issues such as innovation and transformation, ebook lending and usability, digital content,community engagement, leadership, the impact and potential of new technologies, books and awards, copyright, outreach, privacy, services for makers, library advocacy, core values, career development, teaching and learning, and best practices on a range of library-related concerns. Details at

Early Warning: The London Book Fair

9am–6:30pm, 14–16th March 2017, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX, UK

NOTE the earlier-than-usual dates for 2017.

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. LBF sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals arrive in London every year, to learn, network, and kick off their year of business.

Early Warning: EDItEUR events at the London Book Fair

Wednesday 15th March 2017, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX, UK

EDItEUR will hold meetings for the International Steering Committees for EDItX, Thema and ONIX, together with an open meeting for members and invited guests during the London Book Fair.

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For further details, contact

Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR
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London, N7 9DP
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