Digital Resources: Working with Formats Beyond Serials

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About the Forum

With the onset of the digital age, the information community has had to rethink its approach to content -- from creation to how to manage the sale and retention of that information, to questions of delivery and use. A great deal of that focus has been on the more traditional journal, yet creators, libraries, and users today are working with content ranging from e-books to audio and beyond. However, the basic questions surrounding these digital resources remain the same as those that have been confronted with electronic serials, though the answers may not be: what formats are best when creating digital content, and how might metadata be best applied? What pricing models should be applied, and how will these, and their associated licenses, be managed? How will these digital formats be delivered, and to what platforms? During this NISO forum "Digital Resources: Working with Formats Beyond Serials," you will hear from a variety of speakers on these issues and more.

Event Sessions

Pre-Registration Reception (May 4)

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.:

Located in the Argonaut Hotel pre-function area (near the reception desk)

Join us for complimentary beverages, to pick up your registration materials, and say hello!

Hot Breakfast Buffet & Registration (Day One)

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Welcome & Introductions


9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Extending the Self: An Exploration of New Conceptions and Expectations for Content, Interaction, and Ubiquity


Peter Brantley

Director, Online Strategy
University of California, Davis Library

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.:

In this opening keynote presentation, Peter will focus on “new people, new content”: a discussion of the emergence of new expectations for engaging with content on demand and on location, among others.

Defining eBooks: Trying to Pin Down a Moving Target


10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.:

What exactly do we mean by "e-book"? When discussing e-books, often we are doing so in our own scope, with no guarantee that our scope is what is assumed by anyone else. This discussion will be a definition-based introduction in order to lay out the fundamentals, including certain rules (or at a minimum, tries to propose certain approaches) for discussing e-books.


11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

XML Models for Book Content


11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:

Unlike most journals, books exhibit an extremely wide diversity. Different types of books have very different structures and semantics and are used for a wide variety of purposes by a wide variety of users. It’s very difficult for a single XML model to adequately address the needs of trade books, scholarly books, reference books, textbooks, technical manuals, and the myriad other types of books in common use. This presentation will discuss, in terms understandable to nontechnical people, the most important XML models used for book content today, including standard models widely used in certain disciplines and communities of interest, models created for accessibility and e-books, and models used as standard components in the creation of other models.


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Introduction and Discussion of the EPUB Standard


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.:

The International Digital Publishing Forum's (IDPF's) EPUB standards will be presented.  The technical and business drivers that encouraged launching the standards efforts to the details of the chosen technical directions will be covered.  EPUB incorporates three standards: Open Publishing Structure (OPS) based on XHTML, DTBook and CSS, Open Packing Format (OPF) an XML vocabulary used to describe a publication's components, and OEBPS [Open] Container Format which is a ZIP-based archive into which a publication is packaged. Q&A and discussion time will be provided.

Multi-product Platforms in Scholarly Publishing


Kevin Cohn

Director of Client Services
Atypon Systems, Inc.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.:

The lines between journals, books, and other content types are blurring. Multi-product platforms provide publishers with the ability to deliver all of their content types through a single application that provides common services to publisher administrators, librarians, and researchers. In this presentation, the speaker examines the benefits of multi-product platforms and discusses some of the challenges faced as part of recent and upcoming deployments. 


3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

On Keeping Your Head: A Music Industry Close-Up


3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.:

Amid turmoil in the recorded music sector, CD sales have fallen, piracy is rampant and record companies are retrenching. Yet the growth and penetration of standard identifiers for music has never been stronger, indeed it threatens at times to outstrip capacity to issue. Paul will attempt to explain these phenomena. He will also try to provide insights into implementation strategies that work and others that fail.

Customer Access to eBooks


4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.:

This program will examine Swets’ strategy to reduce the complexity that surrounds e-books, enabling customers to manage both their e-books and journals via a single platform. She will explore the data elements that Swets is currently tracking to effectively support customers through the entire e-books acquisition, access and management cycle, as well as consider whether new standards may be needed to help organizations more effectively combine e-books into their collection development workflow.


5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.:

Reception to include complimentary beverages and heavy appetizers.

NISO would like to thank the generous support of the forum's Major Sponsor


Hot Breakfast Buffet (Day Two)

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Adobe Digital Editions


Bill McCoy

Executive Director
International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.:

This presentation will share information about Adobe Digital Editions Adobe’s new rich internet application expressly designed for reading and managing digital publications. Adobe Digital Editions is a lightweight Flash-based solution that includes native support for both PDF and reflow-centric XML-based publications based on the IDPF OPS standard (EPUB) and seamlessly integrates ADEPT (Adobe Digital Experience Protection Technology) for digital rights management (DRM). Bill will also share about other Adobe initiatives in the digital space.

Pricing and Licensing of eMusic


Justyn Baker

Executive Director of Licensing / Digital Formats
Naxos of America, Inc.

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.:

From the straightforward model of a la carte downloading, to navigating the legal parameters of licensing and subscriptions, Justyn will share his knowledge on where the music and education industry has been, and where it is going.


10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

The Identification of Digital Book Content


11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:

Although there are strong similarities between the identification needs of physical books and of digital book content in the supply chain, new business models, and new delivery channels challenge existing practice. In the business-to-business environment, booksellers, libraries, and publishers need to know which versions are available and which they are promoting, ordering, trading and buying. Consumers need to know which digital versions of titles are available, and whether these are compatible with their needs or with their software or hardware devices, and they will need to understand what their usage rights will be. There is therefore a pressing need for clarity on the use of standards for the identification and description of digital content as the digital supply chain evolves.


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Academic Libraries: Beyond Paper


Allen McKiel

Dean of Library & Media Services
Western Oregon University

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.:

Academic libraries are already functioning in the world of electronic resources. However, the operational demands of print that remain, particularly with respect to reliance on the printed book, obfuscate the view of libraries beyond print. By presenting costs and usage associated with electronic and print resources; reviewing faculty preferences from ebrary’s recent survey; and examining the prerequisites to a complete transition to electronic distribution, this session examines the roles of publishers, vendors, and libraries after print.

DAISY/NISO Standard: Future Uses & Directions


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.:

The DAISY standard, known officially as the ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2005, Specifications for the Digital Talking Book, has been undergoing requirements gathering from a range of stakeholders to help shape and guide the future of the worldwide DAISY standard for providing a rich reading experience to people with print disabilities. The DAISY standard is based on World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) technologies, including XML and the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL), as well as the Web Accessibility Initiative’s recommendation.

Closing Remarks


3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Additional Information

  • Early bird rates are offered until April 30, 2008.
  • Registration closes April 30, 2008. After that date call the NISO office to arrange for registration at the regular rate. A processing fee of $50 will be added to each on-site registration.
  • Cancellations made by April 30, 2008 will receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. After that date, there are no refunds.