Rich Media Roundup: Promising Projects, Emerging Standards

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Although publishing text-based content in the digital world has matured significantly, with well evolved standards enabling dynamic publishing in a wealth of print and digital modes, the same can’t be said of rich media. The worlds of digital images, digital audio, and digital video are progressing on quite separate paths, and widely implemented standards are just beginning to emerge.

This workshop will present some of the leading projects being undertaken in an effort to establish standards and define best practices in the area of rich media.

Moderator: Bill Kasdorf, Vice President, Apex, and General Editor, The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing

The speakers will give practical, real-world advice on what publishers should do now and how they should prepare for the future of rich media publishing.

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Bill Kasdorf

Apex Content Solutions

Bill Kasdorf is General Editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing, a major print and online reference work published by Columbia University Press, and Vice President of Apex Content Solutions, a leading supplier of business services, data conversion, editorial, production, and support services to publishers and other organizations worldwide. With his colleagues at Apex and strategic partners, Bill provides comprehensive workflow and business process consulting that enables his clients to transform their content and processes through the use of best-of-breed technologies, services, and practices, resulting in faster throughput, better staff utilization, lower costs, and richer, more dynamic content. Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), Bill has led seminars and spoken widely for publishing industry organizations such as SSP, Seybold Seminars, O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC), the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM), the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), and the Library of Congress.

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Daniel Pitti

University of Virginia

Daniel Pitti is Associate Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at the University of Virginia. Pitti is responsible for project design in general, and Extensible Markup Language (XML) and object-relational database design and development in particular. Before coming to IATH in 1997, Pitti was Librarian for Advanced Technologies Projects at the University of California at Berkeley Library. Since 1993, Pitti has been the chief technical architect of Encoded Archival Description (EAD), an international standard for encoding library and archival finding aids. He is also the chief technical architect of an emerging standard for representing description of individuals, families, and corporate bodies, Encoded Archival Context-Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF) and serves on the SAA EAC Working Group. Pitti serves as a consultant on Core Technical Group of Europeana (WP3), and also advises APEnet (Archival Portal of Europe).

At Berkeley, Pitti assisted in establishing the California Digital Heritage Collection and the UC-EAD Project (later the Online Archive of California). At IATH, among other projects, Pitti has been involved in the design and development of the following: the Arapesh Grammar and Digital Language Archive; William Blake Archive; Walt Whitman Archive; Lives of Exemplary Women; Salem Witch Trials; Aquae Urbis Romae: the Waters of the City of Rome; the Salisbury Project; Lives of the Saints; Leonardo da Vinci’s Treatise on Painting; the Thomas MacGreevy Archive; Uncle Tom’s Cabin; The Samantabadhra Archive; and The World of Dante. In addition, he has served as a consultant to the Dante Gabriel Rossetti Archive, the Piers Plowman Archive, and many other projects.

Pitti has a BA in religious studies from UC Davis, MA and C.Phil. in history of religions from UCLA, and an MLIS from UC Berkeley.

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Brad Inman


Brad Inman is the founder of several successful online companies including HomeGain, which he sold to Classified Ventures in 2005; the thriving online video company TurnHere; and Inman News, the online real estate publishing company. His newest venture, Vook is launching in the fall of 2009.

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Peter B. Kaufman

Intelligent Television

Peter B. Kaufman is president and executive producer of Intelligent Television, where he directs all aspects of the company’s media productions and research work. Mr. Kaufman serves as an expert advisor on access issues to the Library of Congress’s Division of Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound and co-chair of the JISC Film & Sound Think Tank. He previously served as president and publisher of TV Books, a book publishing company he founded and sold to Lorne Michaels’s firm Broadway Video, and director of strategic initiatives at Innodata Isogen, and he recently completed a one-year appointment as associate director of Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. His current work involves building new forms of nonfiction video production and creating new business models for networking cultural and educational institutions (including publishers!).

Educated at Cornell and Columbia Universities, Mr. Kaufman has written about culture and history for the London Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Russian History, Scholarly Publishing, Slavic Review, and various other books and publications.

  • Ingram Content Group
  • Qualcomm
  • Copia
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • Innodata Isogen, Inc.
  • Adobe
  • Aptara
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Bowker
  • codeMantra
  • Connotate
  • Google
  • HP
  • LibreDigital
  • MagMe
  • Malloy
  • Mark Logic
  • oXygen XML Editor
  • Chuckwalla
  • Foxit Software
  • Jacquette Consulting
  • Jouve North America
  • Lulu
  • Marvell
  • Media Services Group
  • PubServ
  • Safari Books Online
  • Silverchair
  • Virtusales
  • Vitrium Systems
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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