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Monday, March 23
 

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Accessible ebooks for small publishers and creators
We know that making our digital books accessible is important for publishers and creators of all sizes. There are a ton of great resources, information, and tools out there to help you start creating fully accessible ebooks, but nonetheless, it can be an overwhelming project for busy publishing houses with limited resources, smaller startups, or for individual creators. I'll break down how we went from three accessible ebooks in our whole catalogue to publishing our entire frontlist as WCAG 2.0 AA level accessible EPUB 3.0 files and what publishers, editors, and production folks can do to make immediate progress on creating accessible ebooks.

This workshop is for people who have control over print production, digital production, and metadata.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Albert

Jessica Albert

Digital and Art Director, ECW Press
Jessica Albert is the Digital and Art Director at ECW Press where she works on ebooks, accessibility, audiobooks, book covers, and metadata — sometimes all at once. When not playing fetch with her dog, Jessica has been working to overhaul the digital production and metadata systems... Read More →


Monday March 23, 2020 TBA

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Introducing best practices for accessible workflows into the publishing cycle
This session will cover the partnership project between NNELS and independent Canadian publishers aimed at identifying and preventing accessibility barriers. In this session we will describe the project and its different stages, highlight some of the lessons that we learned, and discuss best practices that can be introduced into the publishing cycle to generate accessible content. It will also include examples of what each of the stakeholders involved in the ebook production process (publishers, ebook designers, third-party producers, and ebook vendors) can do to produce content that is born accessible.

Speakers
avatar for Daniella Levy-Pinto

Daniella Levy-Pinto

Coordinator for Accessibility Testing, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Daniella Levy-Pinto is an expert in accessibility, including digital technology as well as livable spaces. She has been a user of assistive technologies for more than 25 years in her different roles in academic and professional settings. As the Coordinator for Accessibility Testing... Read More →
avatar for Leah Brochu

Leah Brochu

Accessible Publishing Coordinator, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Leah Brochu is the Accessible Publishing Coordinator for the National Network for Equitable Library Service, where she helps to improve the state of equitable reading in Canada. From organizing the Accessible Publishing Summit, to coordinating logistics for a variety of projects... Read More →


Monday March 23, 2020 TBA

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Making Brazilian literature accessible
Isadora and Joana will show how in Brazil, a country with so many adversities in all areas, accessible publishing is being tackled. Using Brazilian publishing as a case study, they will consider aspects that can be applied anywhere, while other things may only fit in a reality similar to Brazil. This presentation will prove that the way to accessibility in digital publications can be paved no matter what the situation, and why it should be the publisher’s concern. They will share how Bookwire Brazil is doing it, being in the position of an aggregator, and what further options they’re currently exploring. Accessible publishing is a social issue, but one that will be profitable for companies and for the market as a whole.

Speakers
avatar for Isadora Cal

Isadora Cal

Account Manager, Bookwire Brazil
Isadora Cal has an MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University and is currently finishing an MBA in Business Intelligence and Analytics at FIAP (São Paulo, Brazil). She has been working in the publishing industry for 10 years now, with experience in proofreading, copyediting, digital... Read More →
avatar for Joana De Conti

Joana De Conti

Head of Account Management, Bookwire Brazil
Joana De Conti has an MA in Anthropology, although she left the academic world a long time ago to dedicate her time to digital publishing. She worked for many years in one of Brazil’s biggest publishing houses, Rocco, and has been at Bookwire for 3 years now. She has already converted... Read More →


Monday March 23, 2020 TBA

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Reading needs and preferences among Canadians with print disabilities: ebooks & audiobooks
Access to reading for people with print disabilities has significantly increased in the last few years, thanks to advances in technologies that make it possible to deliver reading material in a variety of new media formats. This panel assembled by NNELS, formed by people with various print disabilities, will talk about reading formats, which ones they prefer and why, and the advantages and limitations of the different formats. This conversation will underscore the different ways to access print content, and will also provide a broad range of perspectives regarding readers’ access to assistive technology. It will also highlight the importance of technological competency as a layer that impacts access to content.

Speakers
avatar for Karoline Bourdeau

Karoline Bourdeau

Accessibility Tester, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Karoline Bourdeau believes that everything should be accessible. This belief has brought her to NNELS. Since starting as a Production Assistant and into her work as an Accessibility Tester she has been researching human rights concerns related to publishing and legal frameworks in... Read More →
avatar for Ka Li

Ka Li

Accessibility Tester, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Ka Li is an accessibility and usability consultant in the area of digital access. He works with a variety of organizations such as NNELS, Microsoft and Google, to make sure that their products and services provide an outstanding experience for everyone that goes beyond compliance... Read More →
avatar for Mélissa Castilloux

Mélissa Castilloux

Accessibility Tester, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Mélissa Castilloux is a master's candidate in political science with the specialization in gender studies at l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). She is a member of the Regroupement Stratégique des Chercheur-es en Études Féministes (RéQEF), the Collectif de Recherche... Read More →
avatar for Daniella Levy-Pinto

Daniella Levy-Pinto

Coordinator for Accessibility Testing, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Daniella Levy-Pinto is an expert in accessibility, including digital technology as well as livable spaces. She has been a user of assistive technologies for more than 25 years in her different roles in academic and professional settings. As the Coordinator for Accessibility Testing... Read More →
avatar for David Kopman

David Kopman

National Network for Equitable Library Service, National Network for Equitable Library Service
David Kopman has worn many hats over the years, including news photographer, technical support analyst, media specialist, and photography instructor. Around the year 2000, when his sight began to decline, and reading print material became more difficult, his career path took a big... Read More →


Monday March 23, 2020 TBA

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Towards an accessible digital publishing ecosystem
Accessibility is becoming increasingly important in the publishing industry. Thanks to the opportunities offered by new standards and digital reading technologies, a new paradigm is emerging: produce accessible publications and distribute them through traditional distribution channels, so that people with print disabilities can enjoy reading and benefit from the same opportunities and wide choice as any other reader.

Using Fondazione LIA’s paper, E-books for all: Towards a digital publishing ecosystem, as a starting point, the presentation will provide an overview of the different aspects involved for all the players in the book value chain that want to embrace accessibility.

Starting from the insights learned through LIA’s journey towards the creation of an accessible digital ecosystem (projects, R&D activities, events, working groups, training), Elisa will focus on the issues that still need to be solved and the description of the role each actor of the value chain may play in an accessible ecosystem.

Speakers
avatar for Elisa Molinari

Elisa Molinari

Project Manager, Fondazione LIA
Graduated in Italian literature, Elisa has been working at the Italian Publishers Association since 2011, taking part at national and EU projects devoted to digital publishing as TISP – Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing and Aldus – The European Bookfairs network. Since... Read More →


Monday March 23, 2020 TBA

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ONIX Intensive: Accessibility metadata in ONIX
EDItEUR’s Chris Saynor will discuss the importance of expressing accessibility metadata in ONIX, how to do so, and how to map between ONIX and Schema.org accessibility metadata.

Part of the full-day ONIX and standards training with Chris Saynor from the publishing standards czar EDItEUR.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Saynor

Chris Saynor

Standards Editor, EDItEUR
Chris is responsible for EDItEUR's book publishing standards including ONIX, Thema, and EDItX. He joined the organization in late 2016. For the previous eight years, he worked for GiantChair Inc. in Paris as a metadata specialist and project manager, and has been responsible for implementation... Read More →


Monday March 23, 2020 TBA

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ONIX Intensive: Block updates
EDItEUR’s Chris Saynor will discuss how to use ONIX 3.0 block updates for making the most of regular price changes or updating complex business models, keeping marketing material up to date using a block update, and the new block in ONIX 3.0 for describing author events.

Part of the full-day ONIX and standards training with Chris Saynor from the publishing standards czar EDItEUR.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Saynor

Chris Saynor

Standards Editor, EDItEUR
Chris is responsible for EDItEUR's book publishing standards including ONIX, Thema, and EDItX. He joined the organization in late 2016. For the previous eight years, he worked for GiantChair Inc. in Paris as a metadata specialist and project manager, and has been responsible for implementation... Read More →


Monday March 23, 2020 TBA

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ONIX Intensive: Marketing material in ONIX
EDItEUR’s Chris Saynor will look at what marketing material can be sent in ONIX and share some of the fields that you may not yet be using for marketing in ONIX.

Part of the full-day ONIX and standards training with Chris Saynor from the publishing standards czar EDItEUR.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Saynor

Chris Saynor

Standards Editor, EDItEUR
Chris is responsible for EDItEUR's book publishing standards including ONIX, Thema, and EDItX. He joined the organization in late 2016. For the previous eight years, he worked for GiantChair Inc. in Paris as a metadata specialist and project manager, and has been responsible for implementation... Read More →


Monday March 23, 2020 TBA

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ONIX Intensive: ONIX, Thema, and ISNI Q&A
EDItEUR’s Chris Saynor will open the floor to workshop participants to answer burning questions, troubleshoot tricky standards quandaries, and recommend practical workarounds for more-common-than-you-think problems.

The final part of the full-day ONIX and standards training with Chris Saynor from the publishing standards czar EDItEUR.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Saynor

Chris Saynor

Standards Editor, EDItEUR
Chris is responsible for EDItEUR's book publishing standards including ONIX, Thema, and EDItX. He joined the organization in late 2016. For the previous eight years, he worked for GiantChair Inc. in Paris as a metadata specialist and project manager, and has been responsible for implementation... Read More →


Monday March 23, 2020 TBA

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ONIX Intensive: Open Access
EDItEUR’s Chris Saynor will explain how to express Open Access information in your ONIX file.

Part of the full-day ONIX and standards training with Chris Saynor from the publishing standards czar EDItEUR.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Saynor

Chris Saynor

Standards Editor, EDItEUR
Chris is responsible for EDItEUR's book publishing standards including ONIX, Thema, and EDItX. He joined the organization in late 2016. For the previous eight years, he worked for GiantChair Inc. in Paris as a metadata specialist and project manager, and has been responsible for implementation... Read More →


Monday March 23, 2020 TBA

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ONIX Intensive: The International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI)
EDItEUR's Chris Saynor will describe the ISNI, how it works, and how to share ISNI and contributor information in ONIX.

Part of the full-day ONIX and standards training with Chris Saynor from the publishing standards czar EDItEUR.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Saynor

Chris Saynor

Standards Editor, EDItEUR
Chris is responsible for EDItEUR's book publishing standards including ONIX, Thema, and EDItX. He joined the organization in late 2016. For the previous eight years, he worked for GiantChair Inc. in Paris as a metadata specialist and project manager, and has been responsible for implementation... Read More →


Monday March 23, 2020 TBA

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ONIX Intensive: Thema
EDItEUR’s Chris Saynor will describe international subject classification scheme Thema, how it works, how to make the most of combining codes, and how to use Thema to boost discoverability and conversion.

Part of the full-day ONIX and standards training with Chris Saynor from the publishing standards czar EDItEUR.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Saynor

Chris Saynor

Standards Editor, EDItEUR
Chris is responsible for EDItEUR's book publishing standards including ONIX, Thema, and EDItX. He joined the organization in late 2016. For the previous eight years, he worked for GiantChair Inc. in Paris as a metadata specialist and project manager, and has been responsible for implementation... Read More →


Monday March 23, 2020 TBA

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ONIX Intensive: Using ONIX to express complex pricing
EDItEUR’s Chris Saynor will look at some of the options available for complex business models in ONIX 3.0.

Part of the full-day ONIX and standards training with Chris Saynor from the publishing standards czar EDItEUR.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Saynor

Chris Saynor

Standards Editor, EDItEUR
Chris is responsible for EDItEUR's book publishing standards including ONIX, Thema, and EDItX. He joined the organization in late 2016. For the previous eight years, he worked for GiantChair Inc. in Paris as a metadata specialist and project manager, and has been responsible for implementation... Read More →


Monday March 23, 2020 TBA
 
Tuesday, March 24
 

TBA

Audiobook accessibility
This session will cover accessibility issues in mainstream audiobook formats, the relevance of the DAISY standard for audiobooks, and work being done on the new audiobook standard, as well as a discussion of various automated tools to help make audiobooks more accessible. It will also look at how audiobooks are produced from a variety of perspectives: publisher, user, and alternate format producer (such as CNIB or NNELS). The panel will discuss the issues with audiobook accessibility and what tools and new standards are coming that will help address the challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Reid

Wendy Reid

Senior Quality Analyst, Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Wendy Reid is a Senior QA at Rakuten Kobo, where she works with kobo's mobile apps and device teams to improve reading experiences, promote accessibility, and raise quality. At her other day job she is one of the chairs of the Publishing Working Group at the W3C, and editor of the... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Albert

Jessica Albert

Digital and Art Director, ECW Press
Jessica Albert is the Digital and Art Director at ECW Press where she works on ebooks, accessibility, audiobooks, book covers, and metadata — sometimes all at once. When not playing fetch with her dog, Jessica has been working to overhaul the digital production and metadata systems... Read More →
avatar for Farrah Little

Farrah Little

Content Coordinator, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Farrah Little is the Content Coordinator at the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS), a national digital library of accessible format materials that works with public libraries and publishers across Canada to ensure equal access to reading materials for all Canadians... Read More →
avatar for Danny Faris

Danny Faris

Accessibility Tester, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Danny Faris is a blind software engineer from British Columbia. An avid reader, he's listened to audiobooks from digital DAISY, audio CD, and even cassette tape. Now, with audiobooks fast gaining popularity in the mainstream market, we're excited to explore a brand new delivery method... Read More →
avatar for Simon Jaeger

Simon Jaeger

Accessibility Tester, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Simon Jaeger, from Nanaimo, BC, is a technology and accessibility enthusiast, audio producer, and avid reader. He has experience with a wide variety of reading software and devices and excellent working knowledge of audio formats, as well as 10 years of audio editing and production... Read More →
avatar for Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon

Manager of Audiobook Distribution, CNIB Foundation
Robert Gordon manages CNIB’s Audio Publishing and Distribution departments, coordinating the creation and circulation of DAISY audio productions in French and English on behalf of CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access. CNIB’s Accessible Publishing department has been transcribing... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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Audiobook metadata in ONIX
In this session for metadata mavens, #eprdctn professionals, and audio oracles alike, EDItEUR’s Chris Saynor will discuss all facets of working with ONIX metadata for audio titles. What's different in ONIX for audiobooks? And how do you send good metadata for audio, including chapter-level metadata?

Speakers
avatar for Chris Saynor

Chris Saynor

Standards Editor, EDItEUR
Chris is responsible for EDItEUR's book publishing standards including ONIX, Thema, and EDItX. He joined the organization in late 2016. For the previous eight years, he worked for GiantChair Inc. in Paris as a metadata specialist and project manager, and has been responsible for implementation... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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Case study: Brazilian audiobooks
The rise of audiobooks has been talked about and praised around the world over the last months. But the global reports and overviews released leave aside an entire world (or almost an entire world) of places that could turn out to be strategic and wealthy audiobook development areas. Brazil, for instance, is one of those areas.

This presentation intends to explain how audiobooks started in Brazil and what the current status of the market is there. It will be mainly dedicated to a broad overview of a specific market by sharing current data and talking about potential customers. Isadora will also present one case study of a tool developed by Bookwire Brazil to help Brazilian publishers produce audiobooks.

Speakers
avatar for Joana De Conti

Joana De Conti

Head of Account Management, Bookwire Brazil
Joana De Conti has an MA in Anthropology, although she left the academic world a long time ago to dedicate her time to digital publishing. She worked for many years in one of Brazil’s biggest publishing houses, Rocco, and has been at Bookwire for 3 years now. She has already converted... Read More →
avatar for Isadora Cal

Isadora Cal

Account Manager, Bookwire Brazil
Isadora Cal has an MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University and is currently finishing an MBA in Business Intelligence and Analytics at FIAP (São Paulo, Brazil). She has been working in the publishing industry for 10 years now, with experience in proofreading, copyediting, digital... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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Getting started with audio: Podcasting for beginners
This workshop is for anyone who has been thinking about starting a podcast but is unsure where to start or even if it’s a good idea for your organization’s audience and objectives. Using BookNet Canada’s monthly podcast (now in its fifth season) as a case study, we’ll discuss: the opportunities presented by podcasting for marketing books and authors (especially audiobooks); decisions you’ll have to make around format, hardware, software, workflow, distribution, and building a team; common pitfalls and success stories; finding an audience for your new podcast; and how to do it all with little or no budget. For those interested, time will be allotted for a crash course in sound editing and sample files will be provided so you can experiment at your leisure or share with colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Zalina Alvi

Zalina Alvi

Marketing & Communications Manager, BookNet Canada
As a member of the BookNet team, Zalina uses the power of marketing to help the book industry publish, sell, and envision the future of books, whether they be in print, digital, or directly transmitted into the brain via biblio-lasers (patent pending).


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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Presenting the most enjoyable audiobook in the world
Audiobooks have been considered “accessible by default” for the length of their existence, but the reality is that audiobooks aren’t fully usable by everyone in their current state. In this presentation, we’ll demonstrate the possibilities of audiobook accessibility through a series of demos. 
We will also be explaining the formats and technology behind these demos, including the upcoming Audiobooks specification and Synchronized Media for Publications work. The four demos will show how progressive enhancement can be made possible with these formats, from basic audiobook playback to an audiobook with synchronized HTML text highlighting, and accompanying sign language video. 
Attendees will learn about the possibilities for accessible audiobooks using open web platform specifications and open-source technologies.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Reid

Wendy Reid

Senior Quality Analyst, Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Wendy Reid is a Senior QA at Rakuten Kobo, where she works with kobo's mobile apps and device teams to improve reading experiences, promote accessibility, and raise quality. At her other day job she is one of the chairs of the Publishing Working Group at the W3C, and editor of the... Read More →
avatar for Marisa DeMeglio

Marisa DeMeglio

Software Developer, DAISY Consortium
Marisa DeMeglio is a software developer for the DAISY Consortium. Her background is in Computer Science and she has been working in the field of accessibility and ebooks for the past 18 years. She leads the epubtest.org website development, is a core member of the Ace by DAISY project, and participates in the W3C Web Publications working group, particularly in regards to accessible synchronized media. Outside of work, she volunteers with Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles as an instructor and member of their Executiv... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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Readers are listening: Audiobook research from BookNet Canada
Arm yourself with the latest research and insights from BookNet Canada and its partners relevant to the audiobook market.

Get caught up in advance of the session by reading BookNet’s latest report of audiobooks, Readers are Listening: Audiobook Use in Canada.

Speakers
avatar for Noah Genner

Noah Genner

President & CEO, BookNet Canada
Noah Genner has an extensive background in independent bookselling, software, and business development. As the leader of BookNet Canada he orchestrates a skilled team of technical, policy-oriented, and client-focused staff to provide new data management services and supply-chain initiatives... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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#eprdctn tools & tips round-up
In this session, #ebookcraft attendees are invited to share their war stories, show off their most exceptional hacks, stump for their favourite tools, and seek new perspectives on their most troublesome issues. With #ebookcraft programming committee members Rachel Comerford and Monique Mongeon as your moderators, expect an engaging session where you can widen your network, learn from peers, and commiserate about that one persnickety issue you just can't solve.

Got a question or want to share a hack or tool that might require a visual aid? Send it along with an image description that can be read aloud to ebookcraft@booknetcanada.ca with the subject line "#eprdctn tools & tips round-up”!

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Comerford

Rachel Comerford

Senior Director of Content Standards and Accessibility, Macmillan Learning
As the Director of Content Standards at Macmillan Learning, Rachel helps to implement and maintain industry and internal standards in content, platforms, and processes. Her work includes establishing internal accessibility, metadata, and EPUB implementation guides that align with... Read More →
avatar for Monique Mongeon

Monique Mongeon

Project Manager, BookNet Canada
Monique Mongeon has always been fascinated with the intersection of books and technology – from her start making fansites for her favourite books, to her current role as Project Manager at BookNet Canada. Monique also teaches ebook production at Ryerson University’s Chang School... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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Augmented reality in children’s non-fiction books: A case study
As publishers continue to push the boundaries of books, augmented reality has presented itself as a unique opportunity to showcase non-fiction content in a way that helps children interact, connect, and gain a deeper understanding. In 2018, Lerner Publishing Group began researching augmented reality. A year and a half later, Lerner has published our first eight-book print series with a companion augmented reality app.

This case study will be an examination of Lerner’s experience developing an augmented reality app that is triggered by companion print books – the ideation, intention, development, design, pitfalls, tips and tricks, and reception from children. Complete with samples and an interactive interlude, attendees will walk away with a general understanding of augmented reality, how it can benefit children’s non-fiction books, and how they could pursue it at their own publishing companies.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Tomes

Kris Tomes

Digital Product Manager, Lerner Publishing Group
Kris Tomes is the Digital Product Manager for children’s publisher Lerner Publishing Group, where she manages the Lerner AR augmented reality program, ebooks, audiobooks, Audisee eBooks with Audio, Page Plus program, the Lerner Sports Database, and new product development. She has... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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Checking up on EPUBCheck
EPUBCheck is one the most crucial tool in the EPUB production community. It is used daily by ebook producers, publishers, and distributors, and validated millions of EPUB publications over the past ten years.

In this presentation, we will describe the recent work to make the project more maintainable and reliable, and how the community can engage in this activity. Ebook crafters will learn how to make the most of EPUBCheck, from how to report an issue to the tracker, to how to disambiguate most common or arcane error messages.

EPUBCheck is at heart a community project: come and join us to learn how it can help you, and how you can positively impact its development in return!

Speakers
avatar for Romain Deltour

Romain Deltour

Software Developer and Accessibility Expert, DAISY Consortium
Romain Deltour is a software developer and accessibility expert for the DAISY Consortium. He notably leads the development of Ace –the accessibility checker for EPUB–, and EPUBCheck.Romain sometimes dreams of a world made only of hyphen-less “ebooks”, uppercase “EPUB”s... Read More →
avatar for Tzviya Siegman

Tzviya Siegman

Information Standards Lead, Wiley
Tzviya Siegman is Wiley’s Information Standards Lead. Tzviya wrote and maintained Wiley’s ebook specifications and stylesheets and serves as Wiley’s liaison to industry standards groups. She currently works in Wiley’s Platform Architecture Group, joining her interests in content... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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State of the #ebookcraft nation: #eprdctn & #a11y in 2020
This session will be a pause-and-take-stock look at ebooks and accessibility, looking closely at:
  • What work has been done up to now
  • The work that is going on at present
  • What’s left to do (looking at you, InDesign)
This will be a broad-ranging conversation focused on movement in the Canadian marketplace but taking international work into account as well. We will take into consider research studies, the state of standards, tool development, government funding, and the state of reading systems as seen through an accessibility lens.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Brady

Laura Brady

Director, Cross-Media, House of Anansi Press
Laura Brady is an ebook developer, working at the House of Anansi Press managing the Cross-Media department. She is into ebooks, accessibility, dogs, and baseball. In her spare time she helps plan ebookcraft and follows the Blue Jays. She also probably tweets too much.


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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The role of the e-reader in reading to understand
Harry’s presentation will look at designing and implementing e-reading software based on user needs. His talk will focus on the development of Kobo’s new enhanced ebook navigation, from the inception phase to the design sprint exercise to the roll-out of the new software. Specific areas of focus will include:
  • How Kobo designed a new reading feature
  • Approach, how Kobo develops and tests new software
  • Process and how this can be applied to other designs

Speakers
avatar for Harry Hutton

Harry Hutton

Lead Product Designer, Rakuten Kobo
Harry Hutton is Lead Product Designer at Kobo and is obsessed with how people read and understand content across different mediums. His Master's thesis in Product Design Engineering examines differences between reading physical books vs. reading digitally, and the latent potential... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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How to sell books in 100+ countries
Cristina’s presentation will look at best practices for marketing internationally, including:
  • Importance of good metadata for effective marketing
  • Overview of Kobo’s CRM
    • Country specific merchandising
    • How to take a small team and make big impacts
  • Lessons we’ve learned along the way
    • Single title versus multi-title merchandising
  • Difference between marketing ebooks and audiobooks

Speakers
avatar for Cristina Mendes

Cristina Mendes

Manager, CRM Communications and Online Engagement, Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Cristina Mendes is a Marketing Manager at Rakuten Kobo, in charge of Global CRM Communications and Online Engagement, and has been marketing books for almost 4 years. She works with stakeholders around the world to determine the best way to showcase new, interesting, and relevant... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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Measuring the impact of metadata on sales: An empirical analysis
The provision of bibliographic metadata by publishers is an important and time-consuming task for publishers. As a first step, this study measures the impact of the provision of this metadata on actual sales of print books. To isolate the actual impact of the provision of this data from other factors, the impact is measured on sub-groups of similar publishers and similar authors. The analysis is then pushed a bit further by measuring the timing of the provision of the metadata on sales of ebooks.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Joly

Patrick Joly

Executive Director, Société de gestion de la BTLF
A graduate of HEC Montréal in Finance and Applied economics, Patrick Joly has more than 20 years’ experience in the technology sector as finance director, vice-president of customer service and executive director. He was named Executive Director of La Société de gestion de la... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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Metadata tips and tricks: A deep dive into mastering your metadata for Amazon and Indigo (and others!)
Did you know that focusing your attention on the quality of your metadata can have a direct impact on your sales? This workshop will dig into the nuts and bolts of metadata management, with practical advice on how to get the most out of your most valuable non-people resource. We'll talk about how metadata impacts sales, how you can manage your data with consistency and quality, and how retailers will use the data you provide them. We'll look in detail at Amazon and Indigo, especially, and provide practical steps you can take to more proactively tackle metadata problems at those retailers. This workshop will inspire and challenge you, and give you the information you need to create better quality metadata.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Tallent

Joshua Tallent

Director of Sales and Education, Firebrand Technologies
Joshua Tallent is a vocal advocate for high quality metadata and an acclaimed teacher and guide on digital publishing. He serves as the Director of Sales and Education at Firebrand Technologies, where his focus is on helping publishers of all sizes learn about, and find solutions to, their workflow and metadata problems. Joshua can often be found researching odd metadata issues, creating training videos and documentation about Firebrand services, and speaking at conferences... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA

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Recommendation systems in publishing: An interactive workshop
Recommendation systems are usually perceived as designed for end consumers. However, they can be leveraged for all intermediaries in the book value chain. Such tools would help in selecting relevant titles from an ever-larger corpus and help in the discoverability. Coupled with the expertise and knowledge of the markets from all the various actors along the value chain, these systems present a great potential and opportunities to seize.

The objective of this workshop is to discuss opportunities to develop recommendation systems for these intermediaries, both as a new marketing and sales tool. The design, marketing, and use of recommendation systems have been strongly impacted by the massive amount of data and metadata available and the new artificial intelligence algorithms that allow their processing. Workshop participants will be divided into small groups and design a recommendation system, exploring different intermediaries and the properties of recommendation systems.

Speakers
avatar for Camille Grange

Camille Grange

Associate Professor, Department of Information Technologies, HEC Montréal
Camille is an associate professor of Information Technologies at HEC Montreal. In her capacities as a Professor, she does research, teaches, and participates in managing the school’s e-commerce graduate programs. Camille’s teaching and research address challenges associated with... Read More →
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Viêt Cao

Manager and Lead Analyst, Synapse C
Viêt Cao is manager and lead analyst at Synapse C, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering arts & culture organizations through data valorization. He is mainly involved in data analytics projects with arts & culture partners, including data mutualization projects to help in audience understanding and audience development. By... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA
 
Wednesday, March 25
 

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#standardsgoals for 2020: Standards & certification roundup
Bibliographic standards are always changing to keep up with the ever-evolving realities of the book industry and it’s in the best interest of your business to keep up, too. In this session, Bibliographic Manager Tom Richardson will answer your pressing questions and show you what’s new, what’s important, and what’s coming up in standards.

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Tom Richardson

Bibliographic Manager, BookNet Canada
Tom Richardson is BookNet Canada's Bibliographic Manager and friend to all ONIX producers and users.


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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Book industry state of the nation 2020
The latest statistics on Canadian book buying, reading, and consumer habits. Noah will answer all the questions you didn't know you had in this chart-friendly presentation.

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Noah Genner

President & CEO, BookNet Canada
Noah Genner has an extensive background in independent bookselling, software, and business development. As the leader of BookNet Canada he orchestrates a skilled team of technical, policy-oriented, and client-focused staff to provide new data management services and supply-chain initiatives... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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Building a better publishing workflow: Recommendations from the BISG
In 2019, the Book Industry Study Group launched its workflow committee to help companies across the supply chain think about ways to better organize processes, technologies, and people. In fall 2019, the committee published a white paper that outlined opportunities, challenges, and best practices related to improving publishing workflows. This session will highlight what the committee learned and where it will go next.

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Brian O'Leary

Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group
Brian O’Leary is executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, a U.S.-based trade association that disseminates information, creates and implements standards and conducts research to benefit the book publishing supply chain.Before being named to this role in 2016, O'Leary... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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Building a consortium to benefit creators
The web has brought both good and bad to creators. It has allowed them to reach larger audiences than ever before and effortlessly deliver content. With that, however, the ubiquitous availability and lack of control over one’s creative works on the web has also led to many issues including plagiarism, piracy and distribution without credit or compensation.
Through its role as a collective voice of Canadian creators and publishers, Access Copyright has seen how the web has impacted discoverability of content and compromised the interests of rightsholders.
At the heart of the problem is the issue of attribution. We have seen entrepreneurs attempt to solve it, but their solutions exist to serve self-interested business models as opposed to the needs of creators. A far better approach is for the creative industry to come together and leverage emerging technologies to shape the future of content distribution.
Access Copyright and its innovation lab, Prescient, have done just that in building a platform called the ‘Attribution Ledger’; a service using machine learning and blockchain technology where creators can register their work to create a digital fingerprint that connects the creative work to its lawful creator and rights owner in a reliable and authoritative manner. This can be used to track online usage and ensure proper compensation to creators.
This presentation will discuss our journey in building the Ledger and critical areas that we focused, including governance, engaging the key global stakeholders from the creative industry and exploring the potential and possibility brought forward by exponential technologies.

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Roanie Levy

CEO and President, Access Copyright
Roanie Levy is an internationally recognized champion of creator rights. Strategic and forward-thinking, she bridges the worlds of intellectual property law, content rights management and exponential technologies to represent and advocate for creators and rights holders. Roanie serves... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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Conquering your metadata challenges: Increasing sales with better data
If you are like most publishers, you have been struggling to figure out exactly how to enact a metadata strategy that works. As more book sales move online, your metadata has become an invaluable resource that has a direct impact on your sales. In this session, metadata master Joshua Tallent will explain why metadata is important, how it is utilized by retailers, and how you can address the challenges you and other publishers encounter on a daily basis. You'll learn everything you need to know to take control of your metadata, build a comprehensive data strategy, and see an impact on your bottom line.

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Joshua Tallent

Director of Sales and Education, Firebrand Technologies
Joshua Tallent is a vocal advocate for high quality metadata and an acclaimed teacher and guide on digital publishing. He serves as the Director of Sales and Education at Firebrand Technologies, where his focus is on helping publishers of all sizes learn about, and find solutions to, their workflow and metadata problems. Joshua can often be found researching odd metadata issues, creating training videos and documentation about Firebrand services, and speaking at conferences... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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Creating caring spaces: A panel about sustainable community care in publishing
Working in publishing is synonymous with the valorization of intense labour. We commiserate but laugh off the long hours, relatively low pay, and incredibly busy seasons, often in understaffed and under-resourced companies. We normalize it for the sake of doing work we love, but we burn out doing it too. Join a panel of industry peers as they discuss ways to make changes to this and hold space to support one another by examining the work done in their own organizations and independent practices to shape and change expectations.

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Chelene Knight

Founder, Breathing Space Creative
Chelene Knight is the author of the poetry collection Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in multiple Canadian and American... Read More →
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Cynara Geissler

Director of Marketing and Publicity, Arsenal Pulp Press
Cynara is the director of marketing and publicity at Arsenal Pulp Press, a leading Canadian independent book publisher the operates in Vancouver, BC, the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations... Read More →
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Jas Der

Delivery Manager, TWG
Jas Der is currently a delivery manager at TWG. With interests in video games, activism, software geekery, cannabis, literature, music, and longboarding, Jas connects with a wide variety of people. It’s these connections and communities that inspire and bring Jas to life.Outside... Read More →
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Julia Horel

Publisher, Shameless
Julia Horel is the publisher at Shameless, a 100% volunteer-run feminist magazine for teen girls and trans youth based in Toronto. She holds an Honours B.A. in English Literature from Trent University, a Master of Publishing from Simon Fraser University, and a Certificate in Project... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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Diversity auditing rural Canadian libraries
An area of need that has emerged from American libraries and the American publishing industry is the need for diverse books. Canadian libraries have a similar need, but does the American publishing industry reflect the unique minority populations found in Canada? Librarian Laina Kelly looked at the YA collection of a medium-sized library branch, analyzing the diverse content of each book, as well as author minority identities. This presentation builds on BookNet Canada’s report Demand for Diversity and reveals areas of diversity specific to Canadian populations that are needed in library collections.

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Laina Kelly

Librarian, Library Development Services, Yellowhead Regional Library
Laina Kelly is a Client Services Librarian who serves school and public libraries in Pembina Hills, Northern Gateway and Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools. She is a former English teacher and loves helping teachers build strong and engaged readers and a culture of reading in the... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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Don’t believe everything you think: How to spot and overcome your hidden biases at work
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Michelle Grocholsky

Founder & Owner, Empowered
Michelle Grocholsky is the founder and owner of Empowered, a boutique consulting firm on a mission to make equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) an innate part of how organizations and their people operate.Empowered was born out of Michelle Grocholsky’s 10+ years of experience... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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New from BookNet Canada: BNC BiblioShare
This past year took us further along the road toward our rebuild of BNC BiblioShare while 'old' BiblioShare continued to be a workhorse 24/7. Although we're not working with a blank slate, the team still fielded surveys and conducted user interviews to assist us in our collaborative effort to make a common product with benefits that will be shared among the industry. Hear about what we've learned along the way and discover what 'old' BiblioShare has done for you lately.

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Tim Middleton

Project Manager & Retailer Liaison, BookNet Canada
Tim Middleton is a Project Manager & Retailer Liaison at BookNet Canada. With a passion for startup culture, entrepreneurial enterprises, and disruptive technology ignited by a varied career in retail and consumer research, all things bookish remain his first and true love.


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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New from BookNet Canada: BNC CataList
Have you been looking for the perfect book? Recent CataList updates can help you find the books you need faster and let you organize your catalogues more easily than ever before. Find out how to get the most out of our recent improvements in this short session, and get a sneak peek at our upcoming plans!

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Carol Gordon

Project Manager, BookNet Canada
Carol Gordon manages BookNet Canada's CataList project. Having previously worked on both sides of the sales and purchasing relationship, she is excited to work with Canadian publishers, sales reps, retailers and librarians to develop new and efficient ways to share information about... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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New from BookNet Canada: Loan Stars
It's been four years since BookNet Canada launched a readers' advisory tool for library staff. And what have we learned in those four years? A lot!

Join us as we examine the trends, trials, and titles that make up the Loan Stars program, and share best practices we've discovered for both libraries and publishers.

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Elizabeth Barker

Project Coordinator, BookNet Canada
Elizabeth Barker: marketer, library power-user, metadata nerd. As a member of the BookNet Canada team, Elizabeth is able to spend her days doing what she loves: working closely with libraries, bibliographic data, and publishers. When not making/seeking reading recommendations, Elizabeth... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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New from BookNet Canada: BNC LibraryData
The BookNet Canada team has been hard at work this past year preparing for the launch of our new tool: BNC LibraryData! LibraryData allows users to examine holds and circulation data, comparing information not only between branches but also across Canadian library systems.
Join us for an overview of the reports and features currently available in LibraryData, and to learn about new developments planned for the upcoming year.

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Hannah Johnston

Project Coordinator, BookNet Canada
Hannah Johnston is a Product Coordinator at BookNet Canada, where she works on the SalesData and LibraryData projects. Prior to joining the BookNet team, Hannah worked in various environments including public libraries, academic archives, and local museums. Books are her first love... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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New from BookNet Canada: BNC SalesData
Team SalesData has been hard at work adding new features and functionality to make running reports faster and more efficient than ever before. Come find out what’s new, pick up some tips and tricks, and get a peek at what’s coming soon for the SalesData reporting service.

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Monique Mongeon

Project Manager, BookNet Canada
Monique Mongeon has always been fascinated with the intersection of books and technology – from her start making fansites for her favourite books, to her current role as Project Manager at BookNet Canada. Monique also teaches ebook production at Ryerson University’s Chang School... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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The art and science of working with emerging writers
In this session, Dani Zacarias, Head of Content and Creator Development at Wattpad, will explore how Wattpad’s editorial and content teams create human connections with emerging writers, while also leveraging new data and technology tools to find diverse new voices. This 30-minute session will look at case studies from Wattpad, demonstrating how human interactions and expertise remain a key feature in nurturing literary talent. Examples could include an overview of the writer-discovery-to-publication process at Wattpad, or how writer programs like the Watty Awards balance Machine Learning with human interactions.

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Dani Zacarias

Head of Content and Creator Development, Wattpad
Dani Zacarias is Wattpad's Head of Content and Creator Development and leads a dream team of genre agnostic story enthusiasts on a mission to find and develop the platform’s next big writer. Prior to joining Wattpad in early 2017, Dani worked at Worldreader as their Director of... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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The power and necessity of author care in today’s publishing climate
Navigating the publishing terrain can be tricky for authors and for various reasons. This presentation will not only speak to what author care looks like, but we will empower organizations to create their own tools for authors while reducing burnout. Publishers will be encouraged to look at their current processes and resources and find ways to redirect where the energy and time is spent. 
We will attempt to answer the following: 
  • What can we offer authors and how do we do it? 
  • Why is author care needed? 
  • How do we know what our authors need?
  • How do we address our assumptions?
  • How do we manage expectations (authors and our own)?
  • What do we owe to authors, ourselves, and our community?
  • How can we ensure the relationship between authors and publishers is cooperative instead of adversarial

Speakers
avatar for Chelene Knight

Chelene Knight

Founder, Breathing Space Creative
Chelene Knight is the author of the poetry collection Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in multiple Canadian and American... Read More →
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Cynara Geissler

Director of Marketing and Publicity, Arsenal Pulp Press
Cynara is the director of marketing and publicity at Arsenal Pulp Press, a leading Canadian independent book publisher the operates in Vancouver, BC, the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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Towards a shared understanding: Libraries in 2020
Join Toronto Public Library Collections & Membership Services Director Susan Caron and American Library Association Executive Director Mary Ghikas in a fireside chat on the work of modern libraries and paving a path forward for publisher relations.

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Mary W Ghikas

Executive Director, American Library Association
Mary Ghikas started with ALA in 1995. She has her MLS and BA from UCLA as well as her association executive certification (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives. Throughout her career, she has served in numerous library systems including Chicago Public Library... Read More →
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Susan Caron

Director of Collections and Membership Services, Toronto Public Library
Susan Caron is the Director of Collections and Membership Services at Toronto Public Library, overseeing the collection development and management of the Library’s physical and digital collections and the policies and procedures guiding Library membership. She is a member of the... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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Using Thema and ONIX to boost discoverability and visibility
In this session for ONIX acolytes and metadata mavens, EDItEUR’s Chris Saynor will explain how Canadian publishers can make best use of Thema and ONIX to boost the visibility of Canada’s diverse range of writers both domestically and internationally. With practical examples and standards-forward arguments, Chris will demonstrate how ONIX and Thema can help booksellers, librarians, and educators find titles for broad and varied audiences or for a very narrow and specific audience. How do standards help readers find the right books they can identify with? Chris will explain it all.

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Chris Saynor

Standards Editor, EDItEUR
Chris is responsible for EDItEUR's book publishing standards including ONIX, Thema, and EDItX. He joined the organization in late 2016. For the previous eight years, he worked for GiantChair Inc. in Paris as a metadata specialist and project manager, and has been responsible for implementation... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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What is quality in metadata?
The publishing industry regularly reinforces a belief that it's normal for end users to use data badly and that it's up to the rest of us to design our business communications around their limitations. It's an attitude that leads to benchmarking against minimal metadata support rather than maximizing a book's discovery potential.

This quixotic presentation will try to change that attitude. The best data, the data that can drive diversity and discovery, will appear on far less than 10% of the entries in a data aggregation across a supply chain. The trick is many books, likely well over 30%, need the actionable support of one or two of those far-less-than-10% subtle data points. Don't believe it? What percentage of authors in the Canadian supply chain are Canadian? You're around 10% already. Now subdivide that group anyway you like...

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Tom Richardson

Bibliographic Manager, BookNet Canada
Tom Richardson is BookNet Canada's Bibliographic Manager and friend to all ONIX producers and users.


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA

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Why are women always talking to men in novels? A conversation about debiasing books using data analytics
New research emerging from our lab and the work of others suggests that there are considerable levels of gender bias when it comes to the content of book publishing. Whether it's the type of books being reviewed, the under-representation of women characters in novels, the pricing of books or their length, or even the improbable amount of time women spend interacting with men in fiction, we see numerous forms of bias at work in contemporary publishing. In this talk, I will present our latest findings and then move to a discussion of what to do about it.

"Debiasing" has become a much-debated topic in the world of AI and data analytics, and its time to talk about it in publishing. Together with the software team Granthinka, we have begun developing tools that can allow editors to assess their manuscripts for different kinds of bias, whether it's how much space men and women characters take up, the presence or absence of visible minorities within fiction, the familiarity of actions or descriptions ascribed to different types of characters, down to the titles that are used to estimate "comparability" when it comes to marketing.

Debiasing is important because it challenges the common stereotypes that govern how individuals are represented in creative works today. But it also raises a host of challenging questions: When is bias part of the story? Are we limiting authors' freedom? How might readers react to these changes? What kinds of new markets do less "familiar" books open up (or close down)? How can we work with authors to think about little changes that gradually add-up to building new imaginary worlds?

This talk is geared towards editors, authors, and publishers. It's about conveying what is currently possible when it comes to content analytics in books, and about hearing how audience members feel about the important and complex questions surrounding bias when it comes to the content of books.

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Andrew Piper

Professor, .txtLAB, McGill University
Andrew Piper is Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University. He is the director of .txtLAB, where he uses data science to better understand literature and culture, and the author most recently of _Enumerations... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 TBA