Saturday, 4 June 2016

Focus on Digital Publishing - A Workshop.

The Venue: Bangor University. 

Or to be more precise, School of Creative Studies and Media in the College of Arts & Humanities at Bangor University, Gwynedd. ( Phew!)

The Date; Friday, June 3rd, 2016.

Bangor is an old University city - the oldest city in Wales - with buildings full of gorgeous architecture going back many hundreds of years. Bangor University was founded in 1884.
Over recent years the University has expanded ; it is actually dominant in the centre of the city and straddles old winding streets, the main one being College Street.

Eventually finding my destination I was appreciative of the technology in the seminar room. Not only the technology but the entrancing picture postcard view out of the window, which, from our top floor room, gave us an uninterrupted view of the Menai Straits with boats bobbing on the water and hill rising in the distance. However do students concentrate when there is such beauty on which to feast your eyes?

I had been invited, by Dr. Eben Muse and Dr. Lyle Skains, to attend a practical half-day workshop, "Publishing the Future: The Digital Marketplace (for publishers)."  It preceded the two-day conference "The Future Space of Bookselling" at the Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre in Bangor. Unfortunately, I was unable to register on this but from the topics covered in the workshop, I truly wish that I had been able to.

Digital Concepts.

Initially, I and the other delegates were treated to the history of the Internet and World Wide Web along with some of the basics of HTML coding. Moving on, my eyes were opened wide at the influx of information about the developments and possibilities of the digital revolution taking place. I have long been an advocate of eBooks as an alternative reading medium of choice and know something about the interactive content. (We are working to re-format our more technical Lifelong Learning Guides into Kindle EDU which is based on a *pdf layout and more suited as the original complex formatting is preserved. There is the facility to add interactive videos and images.) But the scope of new developments is something else again.

Rights Management.

  • Copyright is a topic which exercises the mind. It was interesting to hear its origins which can be traced back to Queen Anne. 
  • Digital Right Management (DRM) is another topic which is fiercely debated - to wrap in DRM or not. Listening to the arguments, I have to say that my views have shifted somewhat.
  • Creative Commons Licensing is a far wider topic than I had hitherto been aware of different provisions. It is important, though, to be aware that it does not infringe on copyright. They allow fair use by others within the terms of the particular license but copyright stays with the originator.
I would have liked to delve into this topic in more detail. Perhaps a workshop or webinar devoted to Rights Management is a thought for the future.

After meeting my patient husband for a late lunch, we enjoyed the views over the Menai Straits from the easily accessible Antelope Pub on the bridge (old) after which we crossed onto Anglesey, to the famous village of  
Llanfairpwllgwngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllantysiliogogogoch where we strolled around the shops in the old railway station. I was strong-minded but OH was easily persuaded to takes advantage of the discounts in the gentleman's department.  Driving back through the ever-changing scenery of Snowdonia, we chose a route down the A5 through Betws-y-Coed where we stopped for a cool drink and ice-cream. 

Rosalie xx

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