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February 9, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) Approves Indexes Working Group

The American Society for Indexing (ASI) reported that at the end of January 2012, the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) approved the Indexes Charter Proposal to establish an Indexes Working Group. The proposal was approved by a vote of 69 yes, 1 no, and 1 abstention.

The Indexes Working Group is now identifying additional participants and setting its meeting calendar and agenda. Any representative of an IDPF organization member (the IDPF consists of 300+ publishers, organizations, software and device developers, etc.) can participate and a small number of invited experts, who are not IDPF representatives, can also be included. It is hoped that participants will include representatives of publishers, e-reader developers, software tool developers, and librarians, as well as indexers who have experience with technologies, such as XML, HTML, and online and web indexing. Interested parties should contact David K. Ream, co-chair of ASI’s DTTF at daveream@levtechinc.com.

The Indexes Charter Proposal team, consisting of ASI Digital Trends Task Force (DTTF) members and IDPF members, completed the proposal in late November 2011 after public peer review in the U.S. and internationally. At a December meeting, the IDPF board had unanimously approved putting the Indexes Charter Proposal to a vote by the full membership.

The ASI established the DTTF in mid-2011. One goal was to influence the inclusion of indexes in ebooks. To achieve this end, ASI became a member of the IDPF and began working on a proposal to better integrate indexes as components of ebooks formatted using EPUB 3.0.

For information on the activities of the DTTF beyond the EPUB standard, email dttf@asindexing.org, or visit www.asindexing.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3647. LinkedIn members can search for the discussion group “ASI Digital Trends Task Force.”

Source: ASI



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