Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Electronic Publishing - Fall Semester 2012
Thursday, 06 September 2012
Seminar Series on Selected Topics
in Electronic Publishing
Association of American Publishers
71 Fifth Avenue (between 14th & 15th Streets)
New York, NY
The PSP Electronic Information Committee (EIC) is introducing another Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Electronic Publishing.
The programs are targeted to all staff in electronic publishing and address the transition underway from print to the electronic side of scholarly and professional publishing.
The members of the EIC are affiliated with organizations that have a breadth of experience in digital innovation, cutting across many subject disciplines and publication formats. The Committee, which holds education as fundamental to its mission, feels that this program will reach out to engage new members of the PSP community and share some of the Committee members’ expertise and insights through a succession of programs dealing with different topics in electronic publishing.
To facilitate discussion and interaction, the number of attendees will be limited to 18 attendees in person, and participants will be asked to commit to the full series of four sessions. We are also opening up the series as a webinar for those unable to travel to NYC for the course. Participation will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to PSP publishers. A small fee ($100 for the full four-part series — in person or via webinar) will be charged to ensure commitment on the part of participants.
Each 90-minute session, focusing on an important current issue in electronic publishing, will offer a 45-minute presentation followed by a 45-minute Q&A with discussion. All sessions will run from 12:00 — 1:30 PM and a light lunch provided.
Thursday, September 6th — 12:00-1:30pm
A Focus on the Latest Developments in Data Conversion
Mark Gross, Founder, Data Conversion Laboratory
You’d think that all that needed converting was already done. Not so. Technology has only increased the thirst for new content, and reworked old content. Advanced search finds expanding audiences for what used to be considered arcane, ebook technology allows inexpensive distribution of backlists and reprints, and new software allows for more sophisticated and exotic presentation. The Scholarly Publishing community is in the midst of it all, dealing with questions on how to get more value from their assets, how to meet increasing demand for more content, how to take advantage of new technology, and how to retain the value of their converted content as technology continues to evolve. Mark Gross will discuss some of the challenges he’s been seeing as organization struggle with these issues, and approaches he’s seen in meeting those challenges.
Wednesday, October 17th — 12:00-1:30pm
Building Enhanced Ebooks with HTML5
Sanders Kleinfeld, O’Reilly
If you're looking to build enhanced ebook content for Kindle, iPad, or NOOK, HTML5 is the key. This session provides an introduction to several areas of HTML5 that offer great promise to digital publishers looking to expand beyond traditional text-and-graphic narratives: HTML5 Canvas, geolocation, audio/video, MathML, CSS3, and SVG. An overview will be provided for each of these HTML5 features, followed by some real-world examples illustrating how the technology can be implemented to add multimedia and interactivity to ebook content.
This session will also cover the current status of HTML5 compatibility with major ereader platforms. Special attention will be given to the new KF8 ebook format for Kindle hardware and software platforms, as well as the iBooks Author platform for iPad
Thursday, November 29th — 12:00-1:30pm
What Is In, What Is Out and What Do We Do About It?: Developing a Recommended Practice on Handling Supplemental Materials
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
The quantity of supplementary materials that authors are contributing has increased exponentially over the past decade. This increase in non-traditional content is posing a growing and complex challenge for journal publishers. NISO and NFAIS have partnered to produce a Recommended Practice on Journal Article Supplementary Materials. The project aims to develop best practices for how publishers should deal with the inclusion, handling, display, and preservation of supplemental journal article materials.
During this session, Todd Carpenter will discuss important questions related to defining supplemental materials, recommendations on peer review, storage and linking. The draft recommendations produced by the joint working group will be covered as well as next steps related to adoption of the best practices.
Tuesday, December 18th — 12:00-1:30pm
Discovery Services: NFAIS Recommended Practices
Bonnie Lawlor, Executive Director, National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS)
Discovery services, specifically defined as those that provide a “single search box” to access a central index of pre-indexed metadata and/or full-text, are a fairly recent phenomenon. NFAIS began looking at these services in early 2010 at the request of member organizations who were being asked to provide their content to these services. We surveyed members, held round table discussions, and held in-depth interviews with the top four services offered by EBSCO, Ex Libris, OCLC, and Serials Solutions. What we discovered was that there were more questions than clear answers due to the newness of the services, that not all content providers will benefit equally from participating in these services, and that librarians and publishers had many of the same questions and shared many of the same concerns. NFAIS decided to develop a set of recommended practices create an awareness of the issues surrounding Discovery Service relationships and to provide a set of guiding principles from which contractual terms can be negotiated. This session will take a look at these recently-released recommended and the issues that the document hopes to address.
These will be interactive sessions, so bring your questions for the panelists.