E-books and E-content 2009


2009 was an important year in the world of e-books and e-publishing. Kindle released their much-awaited Kindle renovation that used electric paper, which revolutionized electronic books. There were also a growing number of conventions and events this past year that highlighted the fact the e-publishing industry is on the rise. Many of these events happened on University and College Campuses all over London. In 2009, University College London held their annual e-content convention on May 12th. It was one of many that were held last year, another was the Third Bloomsbury Conference on E-Publishing and E-Publications which was also held at UCL.

This site wishes to honor these and other events that took place during 2009, while at the same time looking ahead to the future. 2010 has already seen two new devices for reading electronically. Both Apples iPad, and The Skiff are sure to revolutionize reading as we know it. 2010 will also host many new conferences, including the return of UCL's E-books and E-content 2010 which will keep publishers, liberians, writers and readers alike informed about the world of e-publishing. This and other events are listed many of these events on our Future Events page.

Our site also has a news page for those who wish to stay informed without leaving the comfort of their own home. Also for those who were unable to attend last years E-content meeting at the University College London can read the brief description of the event below.

The theme of E-books and E-content in 2009 was innovation – the new tools and techniques which have emerged in e-publishing which will impact on everybody involved in content creation and delivery. As usual the event was attended by publishers, librarians, content developers and managers, and all involved in the information value chain. It will took both a strategic view and look at some practical implementations of these new ideas which include the impact of social networking, Web 2.0 and the web generally, using search as a publishing tool and re-publishing and re-purposing content to suit different requirements.

The conference took a look at data in all its different formats, addressed the key issues of storage, manipulation and transfer and looked also at the commercial possibilities of marketing data. It also addressed the emerging role of institutional repositories in acting as a vehicle to manage data. As usual there was a panel of international experts who are able to take a wide ranging look at the topic in athe form of round table discussion. It was a great event for people across the board. From librarians seeking to manage their organisational data sets and create structure around them, to publishers looking at the commercial opportunities, scientists and researchers and other information gatekeepers, and finally anyone with a technical interest in data management came away from the conference with a better understanding of e-content and e-books.

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The morning session brought together a panel of highly respected expert speakers from the UK and Europe including Dr Michael Jubb of the Research Information Network, Helle Lauridsen of Proquest – who talked about how bibliographic services are addressing the information management aspects of data archiving; Matt Day of Nature.com who gave a presentation on the ethics and policies of sharing data in scientific communities, and Dr Jan Brase of the German Technical Library and also the recently appointed Manager of Datacite (www.datacite.org). He presented on a review of how libraries are becoming more involved in this emerging landscape. Dr Simon Hodson, the Programme Manager for Managing Research Data at JISC, looked at the UK national scene.

The afternoon included a series of presentations on recent projects exploiting the infrastructure required to deliver research data management. This included June Finch from Manchester University, Kenji Takeda from Southampton University and James Wilson from Oxford. They were followed by a plenary session chaired by Anthony Watkinson of UCL, who brought together the day’s experts and others to debate this emerging concept, and what role the major players occupy.