Posted by Tom Wilson for Birgitta Wahlin

On the first day key note speaker Herbert Van de Sompel presented Towards Robust Linking and Referencing for Web-Based Scholarly Communication – a much-needed feature, given the extent of Web-based publication of scholarly papers. Peter Linde librarian from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, presented a paper, written with colleagues working on the EU RECODE Project on how libraries and other academic institutions engage in making data open. He pointed to the key issue of financing such developments and noted that universities need to budget for the storage and curation of data, as well as for training, and that additional funding was unlikely without some national mandate, requiring universities to undertake the role.

The implementation of The European Commission recommendation on open access to scientific information. Comparison of national policies, opportunities and risks for academic publishing in non-English speaking countries was presented by Lisiane Lomazzi and Ghislaine Chartron. The authors point to the fact that the EU’s recommendations have not led to any consistency in how countries approach the delivery of open access to the scholarly literature. They find that ten countries have no policy, four are in a consultative process to develop policy, six rely upon the funding agency to develop and implement policy, and in four countries different agency have developed policies that are either coordinated or in need of coordination.

Ben De Meester and his colleagues from Ghent University, Belgium, presented a paper on A digital-first authoring environment for enriched e-books using EPUB 3. The project was carried out with a publishing company in Belgium. De Meester said that it is hard to make cost effective e-books as the print version always comes first using layout programmes suitable for print books. Using EPUB 3 and html5, javascript and CSS would make it possible to adapt a text both for reading on various devices such as smart phones and tablet computers, and for print.

EPISCIENCES an overlay publication platform was presented by Maud Medves and Gaelle Riveraux. And then it was time for poster presentations and I presented The Swedish e-book research project and my research. I also told the audience that more information can be found at our blog and that we have a Flipboard Magazine on e-book news (available for IOS and Android devices).

My poster was a very simple illustration of the factors that affect decision making in relation to e-book publication.


On the second day key note speaker Mahendra Mahey from the British Library talked about How the British Library’s Digital Scholarship department is putting data to use for researchers through its Digital research Team and British Library Labs project. After a short break we went on to a Panel Discussion about the web, and digitial publishing etc.

Birgitta Wallin