E-Production Seminar 2013

This seminar has been a constant part of the calendar for nearly fifteen years and last year (2012) there were more attendees than ever. It is intended primarily for those in the content management world whether publishers or vendors but any publisher or other (librarians for example) who are aware of the importance of what publishers do in house to mediate between authors and users will find much in the presentations which will be of use and indeed of interest.
We aim to make the content of real use and enjoyment for publishers from all parts of the STM publishing world. We also strive to balance presentations from the world of books with those from the world of journals because (in spite of all the convergence) we do know that the processes are still very different in most if not all houses. We know too that containers for content are changing. 


08 45

Registration, Networking Breakfast

09 15

Introduction and welcome, Anthony Watkinson

09 20

Morning Keynote

Content Management for Content Enrichment:  Architectural Issues and Strategies


Evan Owens, Chief Information Officer, AIP Publishing

Content Management for Content Enrichment:  Architectural Issues and Strategies
Adding value to our publications through content enrichment leads to a variety of new challenges and architectural issues such as is the additional information external or embedded, is it static or dynamic, when is it added in the process, and how is it managed over time. This presentation will identify key questions to be evaluated and addressed in designing content management solutions to support content enrichment, illustrated with examples from the history of our industry and recent implementations by AIP Publishing.


10 05

First Session – Rethinking

Never mind the version of record, which is your format of record?

Kaveh Bazargan CEO River Valley Technologies


EPUB3, HTML5 and the Open Web Platform

Bill McCoy Executive Director International Digital Publishing Forum 

11 00

Refreshment Break

11 30

First Panel – What’s New in Semantic Enrichment?

Organised and chaired by Louise Russell, Tutton Russell Consulting Ltd with contributors including:

Marjorie M.K. Hlava - Access Innovations


Breda Corish - Elsevier/Clinical Key

Elsevier Merged Medical Taxonomy (EMMeT) - from Smart Content to Smart Collection
Elsevier’s flagship online clinical reference solution, ClinicalKey, was launched in 2012 with enhanced search capabilities resulting from the use of EMMeT (Elsevier Merged Medical Taxonomy) to create Smart Content which understands the vast number of relationships between clinical concepts.  In 2013, that same approach to semantic enrichment is being used to deliver a major upgrade in the web platform for Elsevier’s  500-plus health, medical and life science journals, resulting in improved content discoverability for readers and a more robust Smart Collection Tool  for content categorization by journal editors.


Jess Lawson - OUP/Oxford Index

4 million content items, 40 disciplines (and counting), and 1 metadata repository


Daniel Mayer - TEMIS

A Connected Workflow for Semantic Enrichment

Historic content enrichment processes lacked scalability, consistency and granularity because they were entirely manual. Semantic enrichment platforms help Publishers bridge these gaps to scalably package differentiated products and provide compelling access. As adoption reaches the mainstream, an organically connected workflow is emerging where semantic enrichment also supports thesaurus (or ontology) management and successfully leverages human curation. 

This session will showcase the benefits of this connected workflow where taxonomists (or ontologists !) and indexers on the one hand, and the semantic enrichment platform on the other, work hand in hand at the nexus of a cohesive information lifecycle.


Jake Zarnegar -  Silverchair
Semantic Analytics

Semantic enrichment of STM content isn't trivial, and it certainly isn't free.  E-Production discussions of semantic enrichment should always be paired with a compelling ROI for publishers.  The first generation of semantic ROI focused on improving online searching and browsing, building automated content collections and products, and enabling better information filtering options in dense online databases and workflow applications. The next generation of ROI for publishers involves combining semantic enrichment with site analytics to create actionable, personal insights about your audience that can be used by sales, marketing, editorial, and software teams to drive an increase in user engagement and content usage.


12 40


13 40

Second Session - Something to think about

Hendrik Wittkopf, Global Supplier Manager, Sage Publications

Cloud-publishing: one year on

14 05

Second Panel - Improving access to STM publications

Organised and chaired by Sarah Hilderley Accessibility Project Lead EDItEUR  with contributors including:


Alison Mander, Cambridge University Press

Alison Mander will share with the audience the challenges and opportunities that Cambridge University Press face, as a publisher, in improving access to STM publications. Whilst there are challenges, there are also the enormous opportunities for a better type of publishing that can enrich and improve everyone’s access and experience.


Alistair McNaught (JISC)

Through the looking glass – the parallel worlds of disabled reader

The annals of science are full of people who thought differently or perceived differently and did something extraordinary as a result yet many disabled people are unable to exploit their talents. The normally simple process of accessing knowledge from books and websites can prove difficult and time consuming if you cannot see the words or if the words you see don’t automatically convert to meaning. This session will look at the publishing process from the other side of the mirror. What needs to happen to make content accessible? Which workflow choices help the process or hinder it? How can you make your offering more attractive to litigation aware (and risk averse) library services?


Bill McCoy, International Digital Publishing Forum 

15 05

Refreshment Break

15 35

Third Session

The Pioneer’s Dilemma: Rethinking and Retooling What Was Once State-of-the-Art

Nancy Roberts, Global Production and Operations Director, Academic Publishing, Cambridge University Press
Bill Kasdorf, Vice President and Principal Consultant, Content Solutions, Apex CoVantage.


16 30

Afternoon Keynote

Integrating new metadata requirement into the workflow

Bruce Rosenblum, CEO, Inera  

17 15



Here are some comments from those who came in 2012:

“The publisher talks are great”
“I valued the opportunities for networking”
“I enjoyed learning about other people’s processes especially about Open Access”
“There was a good selection of different topics and concepts”


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