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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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System Requirements:

  • NISO has developed a quick tutorial, How to Participate in a NISO Web Event. Please view the recording, which is an overview of the web conferencing system and will help to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding participating in an online Webex event.
  • You will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A.
  • Audio is available through the computer (broadcast) and by telephone. We recommend you have a set-up for telephone audio as back-up even if you plan to use the broadcast audio as the voice over Internet isn't always 100% reliable.
  • Please check your system in advance to make sure it meets the Cisco WebEx requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that your system is properly set up before each webinar begins. 

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
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

11:10 – 11:45 Keynote Presentation: The Web Imperative: How Web Technologies Are Transforming the Publishing Ecosystem
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.

11:45 – 12:45 Impact on the Content Provider: Platforms & Workflows (2 technology speakers, 30 mins each)

This segment will feature a speaker well equipped to address the following concerns:
• Impact on existing or legacy systems (impact on current operations)
• Necessary technologies or platform adaptations needed to support creation and production of the new publication format/package (implementation needs)
• Cost considerations (advance planning for staff, support, etc.)

12:45 - 1:45  Break for Lunch

1:45 – 2:15 Impact on the User: Design, Form & Function (1 speaker)

This segment will feature a speaker well equipped to address the following concerns:
• Publishing Mark-Up Languages & Presentation of Content
• Images
• Annotation

2:15 – 2:45 Impact on the User: Accessibility (1 speaker)

This segment will feature a speaker well equipped to address the following concerns:
• Functional support & technologies (what’s feasible)
• Intellectual Property Concerns/Rights (value-add and business model)

2:45 – 3:15 Impact on the Library: Collections & Preservation Concerns (1 speaker)

This segment will feature a speaker well equipped to address the following concerns:
• Implications for library collections
• Particular concerns for long-term archiving of material

3:15 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:00 Scholarly Publishing Case Study (1 speaker)

This segment will feature a speaker well equipped to address the following concerns:
• Rationale for specific project or initiative
• Outline current status
• Unforeseen challenges
• Accomplishments/Successes

4:00 – 4:30 Trade Case Study (1 speaker)

This segment will feature a speaker well equipped to address the following concerns:
• Rationale for specific project or initiative
• Outline current status
• Unforeseen challenges
• Accomplishments/Successes

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4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 
Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, 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.
  • If you have not received your Login Instruction e-mail by 10 a.m. (ET) on the Tuesday before the virtual conference, please contact the NISO office at nisohq@niso.org for immediate assistance.
  • 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.
  • If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact nisohq@niso.org to provide alternate contact information.
  • Conference presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to this event webpage following the live conference.
  • Registrants will receive an e-mail message containing access information to the archived conference recording within 48 hours after the event. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's organization.