Convergence: The Web and Publishing On To The Web

Virtual Conference

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". 


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

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

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 JensenDirector of Technology, and Scott KeeneyManager, Composition and Digital Production, both of Westchester Publishing Services

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

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

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Break

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

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

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

Event Sessions

Keynote Presentation: The Web Imperative: How Web Technologies Are Transforming the Publishing Ecosystem


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.

Additional Resources:

Web Publications for the Open Web Platform

Publishing @ W3C

EPUB 3.1









Impact on the Content Provider: Platforms & Workflows


Todd Toler

Vice President, Digital Product Managemen
John Wiley & Sons

Impact on the User: Design, Form & Function


Scott Keeney

Manager, Composition and Digital Production
Westchester Publishing Services

Impact on the User: Accessibility


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.

Impact on the Library: Collections & Preservation Concerns


Scholarly Publishing Case Study


Beyond XML: Making Books With HTML


Dave Cramer

Senior 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.

Additional Information

  • Cancellations made by Wednesday, May 17, 2017 will receive a refund, less a $35 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
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  • 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.