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New EPUB Proposed Specifications: Dictionaries and Glossaries, Previews, Multiple-Rendition Publications, Region-Based Navigation

December 18, 2014
The IDPF Board recently approved recommendations of the Dictionaries and Advanced-Hybrid Layout Working Groups to advance four modular extensions to EPUB 3.0.1 to Proposed Specification status. The four specifications are: EPUB Dictionaries and Glossaries, EPUB Previews, EPUB Multiple-Rendition Publications, and EPUB Region-Based Navigation. A final member and public review and comment period for each of these specifications is open through January 31, 2015

2015 IDPF Board Slate Announced, At-Large Nominations Open Through Jan. 16

December 18, 2014
The IDPF Board of Directors has announced a slate of five recommended candidates for the 2015 Board election, as recommended by its Nominating Committee.

Digital Learning Metadata Alliance Launched by Dublin Core, IMS Global and IDPF

October 24, 2014
The Digital Learning Metadata Alliance was launched today to facilitate cooperation on metadata standards to make it easier to find and use digital resources both within educational institutions and via the world wide web. DLMA.org is an umbrella project by which standards organizations with a stake in educational and learning metadata can coordinate and harmonize standards. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) are the founding organizations of the alliance. The goal of the collaboration is to ensure adequacy and consistency of metadata across a wide variety of consuming applications, such as library systems, learning platforms and Internet search engines. DCMI was recently asked to become the steward for the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI). Thus, DLMA will be able to further the evolution of LRMI in coordination with other key standards.

Candidates for IDPF Board Solicited - Apply to Nominating Committee by Nov. 21

October 23, 2014
The Board of Directors of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) has formed a 2015 Nominating Committee, which is soliciting candidates for Director positions. To be eligible, an individual must be or become the primary representative of an IDPF member organization. Interested parties should send a candidate statement by November 21 to boardcandidates@idpf.org. Typically, a candidate statement would include a brief biography, and potentially reasons for running for the position and/or general vision or ideas for the IDPF. The Committee will also consider as candidates those current board members who wish to continue their service to the IDPF but whose term runs out this year.

Announcing CONTEC Workshop: Digital Publishing Standards Update - October 9, Frankfurt Book Fair

September 4, 2014
IDPF in partnership with the Frankfurt Book Fair/CONTEC and the MVB will present a workshop at the fair on Digital Standards, taking place on Thursday October 9th, 9.30 - 11am in Hall 4.2, Room Dimension - http://www.buchmesse.de/en/businessclub/schedule/contec/event/01630/index.html

IDPF@ BIBF Conference recap: a clarion call for an integrated global digital publishing ecosystem

September 2, 2014
Over 100 China publishing industry leaders convened in Beijing’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on August 29 at IDPF@BIBF, the first China event produced by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). IDPF@BIBF, held in conjunction with the 20th Beijing International Book Fair, focused on key issues and opportunities presented by the global expansion of digital publishing across segments of the traditional publishing industry (trade, reference, academic, scientific and education) . IDPF@BIBF was a “tremendous success” declared Mr. Liu Bogan, Vice President, China Publishing Group, in his closing remarks.

Program Announced for IDPF@BIBF (August 29, Beijing)

August 5, 2014

IDPF@BIBF (August 29, Beijing) is a one-day conference on the digital transformation of the global publishing industry and IDPF's first-ever event in China. The full program is now available at http://idpf.org/idpf-bibf-2014and international registration is available.

Announcing EDUPUB Tokyo 2014 (September 16-18)

July 7, 2014
EDUPUB Tokyo 2014, the next convocation of the global community developing a global open platform for e-textbooks and other learning content, will take place September 16-18 in Shinagawa Tokyo, at Microsoft Japan HQ. For more information and to apply to be a presenter or attendee please visit http://www.jepa.or.jp/edupub/early.html .

EPUB 3.0.1 Approved As Final Recommended Specification

June 26, 2014
EPUB 3.0.1 has been overwhelmingly approved by the IDPF membership as a final Recommended Specification, superseding EPUB 3.0 to become the current version of the EPUB Standard. EPUB 3.0.1 is a minor revision, focusing primarily on bug fixes and errata for the 3.0 specification, together with several minor backwards-compatible additions. A quorum of 95 IDPF member representatives voted in this election (50% of eligible members), with 93 voting in favor and 1 voting against (with 1 abstention), for an overall approval percentage of 99%, exceeding the Super-Majority of 66%, required by IDPF policies and procedures.

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