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XML for Standards Publishers: A NISO Live Connections Event 

Mövenpick Hotel

Route de Pre Bois 20, 2015 Geneva, Switzerland

Monday, October 9, 2017, 9:00am – 5:00pm (CET)





Sponsoring Organizations Include:

ASME, ASTM International,

 Data Conversion Laboratory, Edaptive Technologies,

Higher LogicInera, Innodata, MadCadTypefi and XSB-SWiSS


It is due entirely to the generosity of our sponsors that there is no registration fee associated with this event. Space is limited. If you are firmly committed to attending this event on-site, please complete this RSVP form.  Regrettably, we are unable to offer or accommodate walk-in registrations on the day of the event. 

Meeting Venue:  

Moevenpick Hotel, Route de Pre Bois 20, 2015 Geneva, Switzerland

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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

Preliminary Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:15: Welcome
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

Todd Carpenter joined NISO as Executive Director in September 2006. In this role, Todd provides leadership to NISO as well as focuses on improving constituency relationships, standards development, and operational procedures. Prior to joining NISO, Todd was Director of Business Development with BioOne, where he served the goals of both libraries and publishers by enhancing products, services, and distribution. Previously, Todd directed the marketing of approximately 60 academic journals and was closely involved in the growth of Project MUSE at the Johns Hopkins University Press. He has also held marketing and business development positions at the Energy Intelligence Group, a news service covering the oil and natural gas industries, and the Haworth Press, an academic and professional publisher. Todd is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned a masters degree in marketing from The Johns Hopkins University. He is editor of the recently published book, The critical component : standards in the information exchange environment, an active contributor the the Scholarly Kitchen blog, a regular standards column in Against the Grain.

9:15 – 10:00 Implementing and Leveraging an XML Workflow at ISO
Laurent Galichet, Head of Publishing, Senior Leader, ISO

Laurent Galichet 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.

10:00 – 10:30 NISO STS: An XML Standard for Standards

Moderator: Brian Trombley, National Sales Director, Data Conversion Laboratory.
Rob Wheeler,
Director, Publishing Technology, ASME and Lesley West, Director, Product Development, 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 inhouse 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.

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.

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:30 Workflow Choices: When and Where Do I Introduce XML
Moderator: Andrew BankStrategy & Business Development, XSB
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.

11:30 – 12:15 Panel discussion on NSB’s experience in adopting STS

Moderator: Chandi PereraCEO, Typefi
Christian Künz, Senior Project Manager, XML TechnologiesStandards AustriaIvan SalcedoEnterprise Architect, Knowledge Solutions Divison, British Standards Institute (BSI)

Christian Kuenz is responsible for XML agendas at Austrian Standards. He coordinates the implementation of XML publishing workflows for standards. As a scrum product owner, Christian leads the implementation of a XML content repository and online applications.

He has over 15 years of experience in project management, process improvements, XML, XSLT, Schema, automated multichannel publishing and data conversion projects. Before joining Austrian Standards in 2015, as head of production he established XML publishing workflows for a legal publishing company. Christian has a bachelor degree in Information Science from the Vienna University of Technology. He is based in Vienna, Austria.

Ivan Salcedo is the Enterprise Architect responsible for the Knowledge Solutions division at BSI. He was previously Head of Content Systems at BSI where he managed both operational and legacy ISO STS XML projects, and was one of the core project team in delivering ‘smart content’ production processes (XML-Early) for BSI. He is an experienced IT and publishing professional, having worked in academic, professional, B2B and educational publishing, as well as other industries in various digital roles since 1996, Career highlights include implementing ecommerce for Cambridge University Press - the first UK academic publisher to have a full e-commerce system in the UK, delivering massive citizen science projects at the RSPB, and creating various innovation hubs and communities online. Ivan sits on BSI’s behalf on the NISO STS Steering Group.

12:15 – 13:45 – Lunch (Provided)

13:45 - 14:15   Publishing Multi-lingual Standards with XML

Moderator: Vinay Gupta, President, Edaptive Technologies
Antti Saari, Publishing Specialist, Standards Finland

Antti Saari has worked with standards in both drafting and editing stages since 2009. He started as an editor at Finnish Standards Association (SFS) in 2009, worked a while in IT standardization, before returning to the world of publishing to help SFS migrate from a FrameMaker-based process to automated XML publishing. Antti is also an active member of CEN’s XML task force and the NISO STS Working Group.

14:15 – 15:00: Prospective Partnering (Roundtable Discussion)

This segment, moderated by Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO, will feature a roundtable discussion with six vendors who aid their clients in enhancing standards publications to the benefit of users. 

15:00 – 15:30: Break

15:30: Weaving Digital Standards Data Into Engineering Workflow 

Moderator: Megan Farrell, Director, Innodata
Speaker: Andrew Bank, Strategy & Business Development, XSB

Mr. Andrew Bank manages strategy and business development for the semantic sciences company, XSB. The company develops artificial intelligence software applications that assist users in acquiring, navigating, and applying engineering information in their workflow. XSB is best known for development of SWISS, an interoperable linked data platform that turns static documents into collections of interactive data that can reduce the time, cost, and risk of using industry standards. Mr. Bank is a serial entrepreneur and was previously a co-founder of Techstreet and two other companies.

16:00: Using XML to Create Accessible Publications

Moderator: Megan Farrell, Director, Innodata
Chandi Perera, CEO, Typefi

Chandi Perera 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.

16:30: Q&A Wrap-Up and Discussion Session - All Presenters
Moderated by Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

17:00: Adjourn

17:00 – 18:45 Networking Reception
Sponsored by ISO

Space is limited. If you are firmly committed to attending this event on-site, please complete this RSVP form.  Regrettably, we are unable to honor walk-in registrations on the day of the event.


Venue:  Moevenpick Hotel, Route de Pre Bois 20, 2015 Geneva, Switzerland

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