We’re in the midst of a major standards transition. Many key standards—like ePUB for eBooks, PRISM/nextPub for publications, ONIX for metadata, DAISY for accessibility, MathML for math—have had, or are about to have, significant updates. Archival models are evolving too: the Publishers Schema adapts DocBook for nontechnical publishing; TEI Tite makes it easier to implement TEI, the Text Encoding Initiative; and NLM is becoming JATS, the Journal Article Tag Set, as a NISO standard. In addition, there are important advances in standards for imaging, multimedia, and semantics, and in the use of identifiers like ISBN, ISTC, ISNI, and others. This workshop – presented by many key players in the standards world—will help you make the most of the changing standards landscape, with a particular focus on the issues of accessibility and metadata.
Bill Kasdorf is General Editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing and Vice President of Apex Content Solutions, a leading supplier of consulting, data conversion, editorial, production, and content enhancement services to publishers and other organizations worldwide. Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), Bill has led seminars and spoken widely for publishing industry organizations such as SSP, O’Reilly TOC, NISO, BISG, IDPF, AAP, AAUP, ALPSP, STM, Seybold Seminars, and the Library of Congress. He currently serves on the IDPF Working Group updating the EPUB standard (and is coordinator of its Metadata Subgroup); the IDEAlliance working group developing the nextPub source format for magazines and other design- and feature-rich publications (chairing its nextPub-to-EPUB Mapping Committee); the NISO eBook SIG; and is Chair of the BISG Content Structure Committee.
Mark Bide is the Executive Director of EDItEUR, the global trade standards organisation for the book and journal supply chains which also provides a management service to the International ISBN Agency. EDItEUR is the maintenance agency for the ONIX metadata standards which are used all over the world. He is also the Project Director for the ACAP Project, and a Director of Rightscom, the specialist media consultancy based in London. He has worked in and around the publishing industry for nearly 40 years, having been a Director of the European subsidiaries of both CBS Publishing and John Wiley & Sons, and has a long-established interest and expertise in identifiers and metadata. He is a Visiting Professor of the University of the Arts London.
George Kerscher Ph.D. – “In the Information Age, access to information is a fundamental human right.”
George Kerscher began his IT innovations in 1987 and coined the term “print disabled.” George is dedicated to developing technologies that make information not only accessible, but also fully functional in the hands of persons who are blind or who have a print disability. He believes properly designed information systems can make all information accessible to all people and is working to push evolving technologies in this direction.
As Secretary General of the DAISY Consortium and President of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), Kerscher is a recognized international leader in document access. In addition, Kerscher is the Senior Officer of Accessible Technology at Learning Ally in the USA. He chairs the DAISY/NISO Standards committee, the EPUB Maintenance working group and the W3C’s Steering Council for the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). George also serves on the USA National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) Board.
Norman Walsh is a Lead Engineer at MarkLogic Corporation where he works with the Application Services team. Norm is also an active participant in a number of standards efforts worldwide: he is chair of the XML Processing Model Working Group at the W3C where he is also co-chair of the XML Core Working Group. At OASIS, he is chair of the DocBook Technical Committee.
With more than a decade of industry experience, Norm is well known for his work on DocBook and a wide range of open source projects. He is the author of DocBook: The Definitive Guide.
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