Leaving the ink and paper behind: the new era of publishing in Europe

25 November 2015 Author: EIFonline

ICT is present in every stage of the publishing value chain; it was adopted very early in production and, in recent years, it has reached the end user by providing a fully satisfactory reading experience as well as a number of enhanced features.

Publishers are at the forefront of innovation as they constantly seek innovative ways to provide the tools that their core audience needs to make better decisions and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries in science, health, and technology. The transition to digital has thus brought about a number of opportunities for the publishing sector, to innovate production processes, products and business models, as well as a series of challenges.

On 18 November Sabine Verheyen MEP invited EIF members and friends to talk about technology and innovation for smart publishing.

Piero Attanasio, Head of Research and Development and of International Affairs at the Associazione Italiana Editori (Italian Publishers Association) presented the TISP project (Technology and Innovation for Smart Publishing), launched in 2012. Mr Attanasio presented examples of how sharing good practises of innovation in publishing sector affected the whole industry in a positive way.
Dorothee Werner, Head of Corporate Development and the CEO at the Boersenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association), spoke about their initiatives. Ms Werner presented case studies from Future Forum, a start-up incubator to foster innovation in the publishing industry. She also noted that it is of paramount importance to share experience among people with different levels of experience, roles and technology understanding.
Dr Hylke Koers, Head of Content Innovation at Elsevier, presented the company's aim to give the best possible tools for authors to present their scholarly content. It is not only about user friendly interfaces but also about delivering solutions that help people to use available data smarter and save time.

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