IDPF and Korean Government Agency Agree on Collaboration

July 10, 2012

Seoul, July 10, 2012 (NEWS RELEASE) - The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the standardization of digital publishing technology in South Korea. Signed today in Seoul by KERIS President Chulkyun Kim and IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy, the MOU provides for a number of measures to advance the adoption and quality of digital textbooks and other publications based on the EPUB standard. These cover translation of EPUB specifications to Korean, adoption of EPUB as a Korean National Standard, and  pursuing International Standardization (ISO-level) of  EPUB 3. “Korea has been a world leader in early adoption of key digital technologies”, said McCoy. “As EPUB 3 has already been specified as a preferred format for e-textbooks in Korea, and is anticipated to be adopted for next-generation digital textbooks, it is natural for IDPF to pursue closer collaboration with Korea to advance our mutual goals for EPUB as the universal, accessible global format for eBooks and other digital publications”.

About KERIS.  Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS) is  a government organization under the South Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology that develops, proposes, and advises on current and future government policies and initiatives regarding education in South Korea. Its current focus is on the development of ICT in educational systems in Korea and abroad. One such initiative is “Digital Textbooks for all Students by 2015”, announced in 2011.

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