Roundtable Wrap-up Moderator: Mark Walter, Consultant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Summary/Issues from Today’s PresentationsPeer reviewMetadataDigital workflows and XMLDigital printingOther topics
Peer ReviewCompared to a year ago, we have more experience inWeb-based submission and peer review: now we’reworking on what’s nextWe continue to move from paper to digital workflows:– Overall goal is to make content more accessible (inside and outside) during the editorial/production cycle —and expose process as well– Increased velocity of publishing process remains a competitive advantage– Authors are accepting Web interfaces for submission and peer review: “Interface enforces behavior”– Transport is solved, but paper still required at certain steps (especially receiving author corrections)
Discussion QuestionsDo we extend peer review to include production,or implement a bidirectional interface?The interface between editorial and production:is this special to a publisher or something weshould develop collaboratively with others?– Consensus was that it will be difficult to standardizeHow soon do we need to capture metadatabelow article level (e.g., individual graphics)?
MetadataMetadata issues are arising as we try toleverage and integrate digital data and systems– Recognition of the complexity of metadata: Descriptive, technical and administrative On-going issue: how do we ensure the quality of our metadata?Awareness of the need to “refurbish the archive”– Adding new metadata that was not anticipated the first time around For richer linking, better search, etc. XML makes it easier to augment markup, but doesn’t mean you won’t have to refurbish the back file.
Digital Workflow, XMLRealizing that it’s not just “we must move toXML.” Now the discussion has moved tometadata quality control, multiple DTDs,workflow, etc.Pioneers changing from product-specific, linearworkflows to integrated parallel workflows– Version 2 of XML workflows . . .– CMS-enabled (ACP)– “Just-in-time-XML” (Capital City Press)
Discussion QuestionsCan we expect similar gains in production thatwe obtained from Web -based peer review?How much help will we get from vendors inimplementing digital production workflows?What do we have to do on our own?How many systems do I need? (one forproduction tracking/workflow, another one fordigital asset management?)How does XML improve quality?How are you measuring ROI?
Digital PrintingPast proof of concept—now being used for bothnew material and reissue of reprints or backmaterialThe entire print journal can be done digitally inshort runs to specific run listsChanges the economics of traditional printjournalsHow soon will digital printing be the norm, ratherthan the exception, for short-run journals?
Challenges AheadHow soon will the journal of recordbecome electronic? (Linda Drumheller’scomment that it’s happening now . . .)What are the implications . . .– For editorial?– For production?– For IT?– For the business as a whole?
Other Discussion Topics: Emerging TechnologiesAcrobat 7– Will enable Reader Extensions: annotations in Reader (digital comments from authors at page proofs)– But publishers have found authors reluctant to annotate digitallyInDesign:– Adobe improving its XML capabilities– Third parties working on mathServer-based composition:– How far can XSL-FO go?– Quark and Adobe: will their server-based technologies be relevant to journals, or just to marketing materials and magazines?