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NISO Virtual Conference

Convergence: The Web and Publishing On To The Web 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
11:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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About the Virtual Conference

The Web, as a publishing medium, is increasingly important. We live in an age when a publication or an app may not be a self-contained object or artifact, but rather a combination of browser functionality and HTML-formatted content. On the one hand, providers may be able to offer a more interactive and engaging reading experience than is currently possible with a static page. On the other hand, there are challenges in delivering that experience. Some genres (poetry, mathematical expressions, etc.) have highly specific requirements for placement, expression and rendering. How will content providers deliver that to the reader? What are the workflow considerations for production? For libraries -- both those with publishing responsibilities as well as collection or archiving responsibilities -- what new complexities are introduced for long-term preservation? For support of different devices? This six hour virtual conference will examine next steps in moving beyond what we think of as being the "printed page". 

Preliminary Agenda

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Introduction
Jill O'Neill, Educational Programs Manager, NISO

11:10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.  Keynote Presentation: The Web Imperative: How Web Technologies Are Transforming the Publishing Ecosystem
Confirmed Speaker:
 Bill Kasdorf, VP and Principal Consultant, Apex Content and Media Solutions

Until very recently, publishing technology and web technology developed largely in parallel. Although the Web became essential for communication and commerce, it had very little impact on the nature of publications and how they were produced. That’s rapidly changing. Increasingly, web technologies have become essential to all parts of the publishing ecosystem. The convergence of publishing and the Web over the past few years passed a major milestone this year when the IDPF became part of the W3C and its EPUB family of standards became first class citizens of the Web. The Publishing@W3C initiative is designed to ensure that the wealth of features and functionality offered by the Open Web Platform are advanced to address the needs of professional publishing and complex publications that work both online and offline. And this is not just about publications; it’s also about platforms and processes. Today’s educational platforms are richly interactive, providing multimedia and assessment features that dramatically improve the educational experience. The move toward open source, standards-based software results in tools and systems that enable publishers to avoid the costs and risks associated with proprietary systems. All of this is designed to have accessibility built in. At the heart of the convergence is interoperability: breaking down the barriers that create so much friction in the publishing supply chain, streamlining everything about how we create, produce, disseminate, discover, and consume publications. In this session, Bill Kasdorf will provide an insider’s view of this exciting and dynamic new publishing landscape.

The opening keynote for this event will be provided by Bill Kasdorf, Vice President and Principal Consultant for Apex Content and Media Solutions. A past president of SSP, Kasdorf is a recipient of SSP’s Distinguished Service Award, the IDEAlliance/DEER Luminaire Award, and the BISG Industry Champion Award. Bill serves on the Steering Committee of the W3C Publishing Business Group and the W3C’s EPUB 3 Community Group and Digital Publishing Interest Group; the International Press Telecommunications Council. Additionally, Bill serves as Chair of the BISG Content Structure Committee; and is an active member of ABC, the Accessible Books Consortium, the EDUPUB Alliance, the IDEAlliance Tech Council, and the SSP Organizational Collaboration Committee. He is well qualified to lay the foundation for this day’s discussion.

Additional Resources:
Web Publications for the Open Web Platform

Publishing @ W3C

EPUB 3.1









11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Impact on the Content Provider: Platforms & Workflows
Confirmed Speakers: Thomas Beyer, Director of Platform Services, O'Reilly Media and Todd Toler, Vice President, Digital Product Management, John Wiley & Sons

Tom Beyer is responsible for providing the vision and strategy for the PubFactory platform. Tom has 18+ years of experience in digital publishing, which includes conceptualizing and delivering platform implementations for a variety of publishers including the IMF, OUP, and Brill. Tom’s interests include exploring new user interaction paradigms in online delivery.

Todd Toler is Vice President, Digital Product Management at John Wiley & Sons. In this role, Todd develops and implements business and product strategies for Global Research, Wiley's scientific & scholarly publishing division. Todd focuses on bringing integrated digital research tools and services to market that support researchers, and is currently working on a next-generation journal platform that will be committed to open data, open web standards, and open annotation.

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  Lunch Break

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  Impact on the User: Design, Form & Function
Confirmed Speaker: Michael Jon Jensen, Director of Technology, and Scott Keeney, Manager, Composition and Digital Production, both of Westchester Publishing Services

Michael Jon Jensen has worked at the interface between digital technologies and publishing since the late 1980s. He was involved in digital publishing long before the rise of the commercial Web, first at the University of Nebraska Press, and then at the Johns Hopkins University Press, where he led the startup phase of Project Muse. In 1998 he joined the National Academies Press, ran their groundbreaking online publishing program for nearly ten years, and then served in other digital capacities at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He became Director of Technology at Westchester Publishing Services in 2015. He served on NISO's Executive Board from 2007-2010.

Scott Keeney has worked at Westchester Publishing Services since 1998, where he promptly learned from the veteran typesetters the importance of adhering to a standard tag set. Over the years, he has played a key role in several of Westchester’s digital production initiatives, from taking the lead in shaping the company’s earliest XML-first workflow using QuarkXpress 4 and XMLxt, to helping to develop and coordinate a backlist digitization process for a major trade publisher that at its peak was converting more than 100 books per month to epub.

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Impact on the User: Accessibility
Confirmed Speaker: Charles LaPierre, Technical Lead of DIAGRAM and Born Accessible, Benetech

Earlier this year the IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum) created a global accessibility specification (Accessibility 1.0 Specification, Conformance and Discovery Requirements for EPUB Specifications) based on the IDPF’s baseline standard for accessibility. This specification serves as a guide to publishers on how to create born accessible content and enable the discovery of these materials. Further, the specification offers procurement offices a means of ensuring that the ebooks they purchase are accessible. Some states are already writing into their procurement policies that ebooks must be accessible and certified by a third party. Benetech and the DIAGRAM Center helped create this accessibility standard and have been working with publishers to help ensure their content meets this specification. With the recent merger of the IDPF and the W3C, accessibility is being built into the foundation of publishing standards. This presentation will also touch on the work that Benetech is piloting to create a higher level of certification that leverages the full accessibility capabilities of EPUB.

Charles LaPierre, Technical Lead, DIAGRAM and Born Accessible, Benetech has over 20 years’ development experience, and has been a pioneer in accessible product development since 1993.

Charles has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa Canada.

He currently co-chairs the accessibility task force for the W3C’s Digital Publishing Interest Group, and was one of the editors of the IDPF’s “Accessibility 1.0 Specification - Conformance and Discovery Requirements for EPUB Publications.” Charles also was a contributor to the BISG’s “Quick Start Guide to Accessible Digital Publishing.

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  Impact on the Library: Collections & Preservation Concerns
Confirmed Speaker: Corey Davis, Systems Librarian, University of Victoria


Corey Davis is the Digital Preservation Network Manager for the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), a consortium of 22 university libraries in Western Canada, where he works to develop the technical and policy infrastructure to support long term preservation of digital objects for all COPPUL members. He is also Systems Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries.

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Scholarly Publishing Case Study
Confirmed Speaker: David Kuilman, Director of Content and Data Architecture, Elsevier

David Kuilman is a computational linguist with a broad experience in content modeling and content-centric processes for many lines of business: b2b publishing, industry, education and governmental organisations. Currently he is working in the Content & Innovation department of Elsevier developing enterprise content standards for all production & product lines.

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Beyond XML: Making Books With HTML
Confirmed Speaker: Dave CramerSenior Digital Publishing Technology Specialist, Hachette Book Group

For the last seven years, Hachette Book Group has been producing both print and ebooks directly from HTML. We’ve published a thousand different titles. We've sold more than fifty million print books, and untold numbers of ebooks. Doing this work ourselves in Manhattan saves large amounts of money over offshore conversion. By leaving the page layout metaphor behind, and treating print and digital as aspects of the same content, we work faster, better, and cheaper.

Dave Cramer has been typesetting print and digital books since the 20th century. A fascination with XML and automated pagination led to work on print typesetting with HTML and CSS. Complaining about EPUB led to a parallel career in standards work, where Dave edits various ebook and CSS specifications. He dreams of bringing the rich history of print design and typography to ebooks and the web.

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4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 
Moderated by: Jill O'Neill, Educational Programs Manager, NISO


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Registration closes on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

2017 Registration Costs

  • NISO LSA & Voting Members; NASIG Members 
    • $190.00 (US and Canada)
    • $230.00 (International)
  • Non-Member
    • $255.00 (US and Canada)
    • $295.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $85.00

Additional Information

  • Cancellations made by Wednesday, May 17, 2017 will receive a refund, less a $35 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the virtual conference via e-mail the Friday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions before the start of the webinar.
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  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the conference. You may have as many people as you like from the registrant's organization view the conference from that one connection. If you need additional connections, you will need to enter a separate registration for each connection needed.
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  • Conference presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to this event webpage following the live conference.
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