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XML for Standards Publishers: A NISO Connections Live Event

Monday, April 24, 2017

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mumford Room, Madison Building

The Library of Congress, Washington, DC


About This Event



It is entirely due to the generosity of our sponsors that there is no registration fee associated with this event. However, due to space limitations, we have already reached our maximum headcount. If you wish to be added to the Waitlist for this event, please contact Jill O'Neill directly (joneill (a) niso (dot) org). Please note we are not able to accept registrations at the door. 

Sponsoring Organizations:




ASME, Edaptive Technologies, Jorsek, Mulberry Technologies, XSB

About This Event

Standards have been traditionally delivered as PDF documents. Yet in a world where standards are increasingly monetized through derivative products, exchanged between partners, and consumed on mobile devices, PDF does not provide the flexibility needed to meet current and future market demands.

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is hosting this event for standards publishers as an aid to the understanding of how XML provides the key to solve all of these issues, improve publishing processes, and bring business value to the organization.

Attendees at this symposium will learn how XML can:

* Facilitate interoperability between standards organizations
* Aid content reuse for additional products and revenue
* Reduce costs to publish with standards-based publishing systems
* Create multiple publication formats for different devices
* Support accessible publications for the visually impaired

Final Agenda 

9:00 - 9:30  Registration

9:30 – 9:45: Welcome
Nettie Lagace, Associate Director for Programs, NISO

9:45 – 10:30 Implementing and Leveraging an XML Workflow at ISO
Laurent Galichet, Head of Publishing, Senior Leader, ISO

Laurent joined ISO in November 2011 to manage the XML conversion project of ISO's legacy content, helping to develop ISO STS. In parallel, he also worked to implement the XML production chain now in use at ISO. As Manager of the Production Support team, he is responsible for ensuring the smooth production of ISO deliverables and that ISO's publishing operations remain state of the art with innovations in new publishing technology and services.

Before that Laurent held different roles within STM publishing, working for Thomson-Reuters, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, and the World Health Organization. Prior to his move to publishing, Laurent worked in the polymer industry and pharmaceutical industry as a chemist. He studied Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.

10:30 -11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:00 Why XML and Why STS        

11:00: XML for Standards: Options and Opportunities
Tommie Usdin
, President, Mulberry Technologies

Ms. Usdin has been working with XML and XSLT since their inception, and with SGML since 1985. Tommie chairs Balisage: The Markup Conference and is a frequent speaker JATS-Con, the Journal Article Tag Suite Conference. She is on the Board of Directors of NISO. Ms. Usdin has led teams doing document analysis and DTD/schema development for medical reference works, scientific and technical textbooks, industrial manuals, legal treatises, and historical literature. She was lead designer of the National Library of Medicine's Journal Publishing Tag Set, the predecessor to JATS, of the JATS as it has evolved, and of BITS, the Book Interchange Tag Suite. She was lead designer of ISO STS and is currently playing that same role on NISO STS. Ms. Usdin has developed customizations of JATS (both supersets and subsets) to support the needs of journal publishers, government outreach offices, and standards organizations.

11:30 NISO STS: An XML Standard for Standards
Rob Wheeler, Director, Publishing Technology, ASME and Howard Gilson, Director of IT, ASTM International

Robert Wheeler is the Director of Publishing Technologies at ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), and helps guide their digital strategy and publishing business, with a particular focus on the Codes and Standards production and publishing program, and Co-Chair of the NISO STS (Standard Tag Suite) Working Group, creating a standardized XML tag suite for standards publishing. Robert has 25 years in the STM/STEM publishing space, from the front end of production through online publishing. He worked at AIP (American Institute of Physics) as the Product Manager and Operations Manager of the online publishing platform, Scitation, and before that, Production Operations Support Manager for AIP’s in-house typesetting division. He also worked at Springer/Kluwer Academic, as part of a small team devoted to the planning, design, and implementation of electronic initiatives, spearheading a number of projects focused on XML content and digital workflows.

Howard Gilson is the IT Product Services Director for ASTM International, an international standards organization.  Prior to joining ASTM, Howard developed electronic warfare software and firmware.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. 

12:00 Noon - 1:30pm – Lunch (Provided)

1:30 – 3:00pm Getting to XML
Moderator: Patrick Bosek, Director of Customer Success, Jorseck, LLC

1:30: Workflow Choices: When and Where Do I Introduce XML
Bruce Rosenblum, CEO, Inera

Bruce Rosenblum is CEO of Inera Incorporated. He has more than 35 years of experience designing and implementing electronic publishing solutions. He heads up software development activities at Inera, including the design and development of eXtyles and Edifix. He also consults on the design of electronic production workflows and application of XML in publishing. He developed the CrossRef Metadata Deposit Schema, co-authored the original NLM DTD, is an active member of the JATS and BITS working groups, and is co-chair of the NISO STS working group. He served on the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Board of Directors from 2005 to 2013. His 16 years of joint work with CrossRef earned Inera and CrossRef the 2014 NEPCo Publishing Collaboration Award.

2:00: Incorporating XML into a Standards Environment: False Starts, Successes, and Challenges
Kim Breitfelder
, Director, Content Production & Management, IEEE

Kim is currently leading the Content, Production & Management team for the IEEE Standards Association and has been in that role for about 10 years. For the last 5 or so of those years, her work life has revolved around XML--why you need it, how to create it, and how to use it. 

2:30: Putting Structured Documents to Work
Lesley West, Director, Product Development, ASTM International

Lesley West is the Director of Product Development for ASTM International’s Publications & Marketing division. There she implements new programs and maintains existing product lines and user tools for ASTM standards and related peer-reviewed documents, as well as other complementary products, and oversees the ASTM content delivery platform, ASTM Compass®. Lesley has worked in publishing for over 30 years. She joined ASTM International in 1997. Before assuming her current position, she directed ASTM’s Graphic Design, Digital Output, & Production department.

Organized in 1898, ASTM International is one of the world's largest international standards developing organizations. Over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally where they improve the lives of millions every day.

3:00pm - 3:30pm: Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm  Enhanced XML Applications
Moderator: Megan Farrell, Director, Innodata

3:30pm: Leveraging XML to Enhance the Semantic Value of Standards
Rupert Hopkins, CEO, XSB


Mr. Rupert Hopkins is CEO and Founder of the semantics sciences company, XSB. The company develops artificial intelligence software applications that assist users in acquiring, structuring, and reasoning with product data. Mr. Hopkins is best known for the development of the Semantic Web for Interoperable Specifications and Standards (SWISS), s model based approach to document publishing.

Mr. Hopkins is internationally known for his work with the defense industrial base. He has served as an advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Soros Foundation and other Government and industry groups.

4:00pm: Using XML to Create Accessible Publications
Chandi Perera, CEO, Typefi

 You Tube Video: DAISY Accessiblity

Chandi joined Typefi as CEO in 2006, and has over two decades of publishing and media technology experience. He has acted as a technology consultant to corporations and government agencies around the world, and is a frequent conference speaker in the areas of content management, publishing, media, XML, structured content and digital rights management. Chandi is a board member of a number of industry bodies and has degrees in Engineering and Computer Science.

4:30pm: Q&A Wrap-Up and Discussion Session - All Presenters
Moderated by Nettie Lagace, Associate Director for Programs, NISO

5:00pm: Adjourn

5:15pm -- 6:45pm  Networking Reception 

Attendees are invited to walk over to The Barrel at 613 Pennsylvania Ave SE (between S 6th St & S 7th St) for drinks and lively conversation.



Due to space limitations, we have already reached our maximum headcount. If you wish to be added to the Wait list, please contact Jill O'Neill directly (joneill (at) niso (dot) org). Please note that we cannot accept registrations at the door. 

Directions to Venue

James Madison Memorial Building, Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540