W3C Unveils Inaugural W3C Publishing Summit Program

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https://www.w3.org/ — 17 August 2017 — The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced today the program of its inaugural W3C Publishing Summit to be held 9-10 November 2017 in the San Francisco Bay area, California, featuring keynotes from Internet pioneer and futurist Tim O’Reilly and Adobe CTO Abhay Parasnis.


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Publishing and the Web interact in innumerable ways. From schools to libraries, from design to production to archiving, from metadata to analytics to AI, the conference will show how publishers of all types are using today's Web technologies, including EPUB, to make publishing more accessible, more global and mobile, more efficient and effective. This is the first summit since IDPF combined with W3C and hence will both highlight the outstanding continuity for the IDPF community as well as illustrate the convergence of publishing with Web:

  • Mozilla user experience lead and author Jen Simmons will showcase the ongoing revolution in styling of digital publications using web technologies.
  • Design experts Laura Brady, Iris Febre and Nellie McKesson will cover putting the reader first when producing ebooks and automating publishing workflows.
  • The program also features reading system creator Micah Bowers (Bluefire) and EPUB pioneers George Kerscher (DAISY) and Garth Conboy (Google).
  • Additionally, the program showcases insights from senior leaders from across the spectrum of publishing and digital content stakeholders including Jeff Jaffe (CEO, W3C), Yasushi Fujita (CEO, Media DO), Rick Johnson (SVP Product and Strategy, Ingram/VitalSource), Ken Brooks (COO, Macmillan Learning), Liisa McCloy-Kelley (VP, Penguin Random House), and representatives from Rakuten Kobo, NYPL, University of Michigan Library/Publishing, Wiley, Hachette Book Group, Editis, EDRLab, and more.

The W3C Publishing Summit will take place at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, and is open to the public. Visit the event page to register and for more information.

About the World Wide Web Consortium

The mission of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is to lead the Web to its full potential by creating technical standards and guidelines to ensure that the Web remains open, accessible, and interoperable for everyone around the globe. W3C develops well known specifications such as HTML5, CSS, and the Open Web Platform as well as work on security and privacy, all created in the open and provided for free and under the unique W3C Patent Policy. For its work to make online videos more accessible with captions and subtitles, W3C received a 2016 Emmy Award.

W3C's vision for "One Web" brings together thousands of dedicated technologists representing more than 400 Member organizations and dozens of industry sectors. W3C is jointly hosted by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the United States, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France, Keio University in Japan and Beihang University in China. For more information see https://www.w3.org/.

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