Workshop on Standards in Multi-format Publishing Workflows

Simon Worthington —  June 3, 2014 — 1 Comment

The workshop (closed) is part of an ongoing series of events and research publishing for coordination and interoperability between stakeholders in the open source digital publishing research community.

In the workshop we would explore these three topics:

  •     What standards are we each using in our workflows
  •     What do these standards need to address in our workflows
  •     Looking towards interoperability in API standards for multi-format publishing

Date: 2nd and 3rd July 2014 at the Hybrid Publishing Lab, Innovation Inkubator, Leuphana University, Lüneburg

Multi-format standards

The goal of the workshop is to help improve the use of open standards for multi-format publishing, for the purpose of interoperability as opposed to uniformity. Multi-format publishing has been selected as a key point in publishing workflows because it touches on many interconnected workflow parts–metadata, media assets and graphic design etc. Multi-format alsorepresents a weak point in current workflow toolsets. We are emphasising interoperability over uniformity as it has to be recognised that a variety of different and overlapping standards are embedded in workflows, preventing easy replacement. Our approach is to find ways for different parts of the workflow to interact, instead to attempting a complete replacement of a publishers technology stack or significant changes in a users work pattern. At the same time we believe that a ‘single source’ architecture is needed in the multi-format workflow to make it efficient for publishersand work-friendly for editors, designers and other skilled workers.

This would be the first of many meetings and research approaches to address these standards adoption issues. The contributions of participants can range from technical input, to knowledge of the workflow issue that software and standards will have to address or capture.

We are looking at humanities publishers from academia and the Museums Libraries and Archives (MLA) sector. The publication types range from academic journals, monographs, rich media publication, to back catalogue repositories, Open Education Resources (OER) and online learning etc.

In the workshop we would explore these three topics:

  •     What standards are we each using in our workflows
  •     What do these standards need to address in our workflows
  •     Looking towards interoperability in API standards for multi-format publishing

The expanding universe of workflows

The universe of publishing workflows is expanding with layers of complexity being added as new possibilities in digital publishing become available–multi-format, new reading devices, reading metrics, distribution channels, social reading, transmedia referencing/citation and open IPR etc.

As examples in the specific area of ‘multi-format’ workflows, these are some of the digital challenges we have identified–image resolutions, library distribution, EPUB 3 adoption, corrections revisions, responsive design, lack of coherent graphic designer tool sets for multi-format design, unstructured word processor environments and immaturity of online word processors/text editor etc.

For further information contact Simon Worthington, simon.worthington@inkubator.leuphana.de, http://hybridpublishing.org/consortium, @hypub

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