Posts Tagged ‘publishing’

Future-proofing with diacriTech

 

Smarter conversion strategies and delivery mechanisms, intelligent workflow automations and tools, and tactical solutions to production challenges: these are the top essentials to address the growth prospects, changes, and latest trends in the global content publishing market, which is witnessing huge transformations.

As the publishing landscape has evolved, so have we at diacriTech (a leading Publishing Solutions provider for Content Transformation and Digital Content Services—specialising in the Education, Scientific, Technical, and Medical [STM], and Trade industry) through developing effective niche content strategies. Read on to understand how we operate in the hybrid world of print and digital by balancing technology and knowledge perspectives: to serve the top segment of the largest publishing groups worldwide.

Future-proofing is imperative to the digital disruption caused by mobiles. It is no surprise that mobile is the fastest growing media platform in today’s increasingly connected world of disruptive technologies and digital-savvy consumers. What is important to keep in mind is the larger opportunity available for capitalising the demand for high-value communication

At diacriTech, we help publishers do just that: succeed in the move beyond print to digital, and also sustain longer term future growth by handling everything from simple eBooks that are identical to their printed counterparts to eBooks that are apps in their own right using Augmented/Virtual Reality technologies. As consumer demands drive changes in publishing formats, our digital strategy ensures that the needs of publishers are met across all channels, geographies, and even the type of device used—ranging from laptops to smartphones and portable tablets.

Integrating day-to-day editorial workflow activities using a standardised approach is critical to improving productivity and simplifying business processes. At diacriTech, our cloud-based proprietary enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform, Functional Management System (FMS) has been especially effective in streamlining production tasks and ensuring workflow adherence by linking all the stages and resources involved in a completely digital process. It provides customers with real-time status information for all the projects in production.

X-Edit Pro: Next-level workflow management

X-Edit Pro—an entire digital publishing suite offering a collaborative environment for all stake holders from editorial, production, authors and issue managers to work together seamlessly. A book and journal production workflow management system that is flexible yet controlled by the publisher to push content quicker to market. It is cloud based, supports both XML and HTML, and enables authoring to be integrated into the production workflow to ensure high-quality structured content right from the source, increased workflow efficiency, improved content consistency, and reduced version control errors. It delivers final files in multiple output formats. Leading publishers globally have taken up this new platform as it solves a lot of their challenges.

True automation

Automation is the silver bullet to enhance the publishing workflow. Our true XML-first workflow InXML tool is capable of automating a majority of layout tasks related to pagination while leveraging Adobe InDesign’s capabilities for document composition. Better yet, the platform is agnostic to document type definition (DTD) and schema, and can use any client-specified mark-up language. It also supports simultaneous delivery of print, online, and EPUB files. This tool takes care of the many challenges accompanying complex style elements, an attribute common to design-oriented school texts with layouts built around pedagogical methodology. It eventually helps to alleviate a potentially higher workload incurred in the latter stages of production.

The best content or learning management system for publishers does not stop with the creation and management of content assets. Modularity, flexibility, customisation, and the ability to refresh and reuse content from existing publications to meet the evolving needs of publishing deliver a host of advantages. This is what we offer besides content hosting, creation, authoring and accuracy checking, digital assets and rights management, content population/migration services for collaborative learning platforms, traditional LMS, or simply digital content hubs that share quality information and provide more relevant content experience in a number of ways.

New technologies mean new opportunities in creating a reality for the future of eLearning. Education in an augmented or virtual reality world is not just another fad. It is a revolutionary concept that brings untapped possibilities to teaching and learning with its advanced visualization and immersive capabilities. Many books and magazines have taken the reading engagement to the next level by creating a virtual animation of their pictures using the growing phenomenon of Augmented Reality. This not only increases the audience engagement, but also it adds a new dimension to the publisher’s revenue generation strategies. Taking this into account, we have developed significant expertise in devising Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality solutions that offer immersive and realistic educational experiences. In addition, for publishers who are keen to create truly next-generation digital content, we provide the way forward. We help them to take full advantage of HTML5 digital capabilities starting from content development to interactive eBook creation services, including Flash to HTML5 transition.

Over the years we have come a long way on our digital publishing journey, providing solutions to production challenges, shaping digital workflows, and crafting immersive experiences in the educational space. We, with our customers’ support, hope to continue this journey delivering more and better content of the highest quality across digital and print platforms that stand testimony to outstanding educational value. We look forward to more opportunities to serve our existing and new customers.

Learn more about diacriTech here.

EPAAs and digital amnesty

You may ask yourself what do the EPAAs and digital amnesty have in common? It turns out, they share quite a lot, and it will affect what digital products can be entered this year.

Due to feedback with issues entering digital services regarding meeting the eligibility period requirements, we have introduced a digital amnesty. For the 2018 EPAAs, entries will be accepted for any current digital service (subject to the Australian requirements and conditions of entry and judging criteria) regardless of date of release.

If you have created a digital service or platform, we want to hear from you!

Double Helix Lessons, CSIRO Publishing in partnership with Stile Education, Winner of the Primary Outstanding Digital Resource, EPAAs 2017.

Entries for the 2018 EPAAs close Friday, 1 June 2018. Don’t miss out on the chance shine the spotlight on your innovative and original products.

Submit your nomination here.

Keep up to date and join the conversation:

W: edpubawards.com

T: @EPAs_Aus

F: facebook.com/edpubawards

2018 Call for Entries now open

‘Education publishers are not just publishers of books, but experts in effective learning.’

We’re back!

The Educational Publishing Awards Australia celebrate 25 years of excellence in educational publishing in Australia. This year’s celebration will take place on Thursday, 20 September 2018 at The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Call for entries is now open:

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, 1 June 2018. Please read the conditions of entry and judging criteria before submitting your nomination here. Whether you are a traditional publishing company, a niche publisher or a digital start-up, get involved, because we would love to recognise your work!

The awards will be presented in Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and TAFE & Vocational Education categories as well as the Primary and Secondary Publisher of the Year.

What’s new in 2018?

We have made it easier to enter a digital service or platform and will accept any current digital service (subject to Australian content requirements) regardless of date of release.

The Tertiary and TAFE & Vocational categories have been overhauled as a result of judges’ and industry feedback.

An overall winner for each sector (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary and TAFE & Vocational) will be selected by the Chief Judge from the category winners.

Please take a look at the list of 2018 categories here.

Judging of the awards is a rigorous process for all involved. Chief Judge Professor Angela Carbone, Associate Dean (Learning Innovation), Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Swinburne University of Technology returns to guide the panel of judges in hand-selecting the shortlisted and winning titles.

We would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge co-founder and former Chief Judge Mike Horsley’s longstanding commitment to the awards.

We are grateful for publishers’ continued support of the EPAAs and look forward to celebrating the hard work involved in producing innovative, forward-thinking and pedagogically outstanding resources designed to enhance educational outcomes for Australian teachers and students.

Interested to see who won in 2017? Take a look here at the full list of previous winners.

Start submitting and we look forward to hosting you on 20 September!

Keep up to date and join the conversation:

W: edpubawards.com

T: @EPAs_Aus

F: facebook.com/edpubawards

A short guide to the EPAAs

The Call for Entries to the 2017 EPAAs is in full swing. Whether you’re a large or small publisher, tech start-up or teacher association, we value your contribution to the education industry. If you publish educational resources for Australian primary or secondary school, tertiary or TAFE students, we want to hear from you!

Here is a short guide to the EPAAs:

What exactly does ‘EPAAs’ stand for?
The Educational Publishing Awards Australia.

Is this only an awards ceremony for print textbooks?
No – the Awards celebrates excellence and innovation in the publishing industry, including cutting-edge digital resources.

What are the criteria for entry?
We ask publishers to check the criteria carefully – see here. We are looking for Australian resources that raise the benchmark for quality, innovation and excellence.

Does it cost to enter? 
Each entry is $99 for Australia Publishing Association (APA) members and $120 non-members.

What do I get if I win?
Winners receive a beautiful engraved trophy, and we send out a design for stickers to attach to print product, as well as artwork to attach to emails or marketing campaigns. The award is a mark of excellence that will make your product stand out from the crowd.

Okay, you’ve convinced me – how do I submit my entry?

1. Visit edpubawards.com/About and review the categories and criteria for entry carefully.
2. When you’re ready to enter, you’ll find a blue ‘Call for Entries’ button on the homepage.
3. Register your details on the APA’s dedicated Awards website. If you have already registered your details for a previous year’s awards, use the same login details. If you have forgotten your password, please click the ‘Have you forgotten your password?’ link.
4. Submit your entry or entries by filling out the online form. Provide as much information as you can to help the judges review your product, especially for digital, where screenshots and pathways through the content are enormously helpful.
5. Attach your completed entry form to the physical product and post it to us as outlined in the instructions.

The Call for Entries cut-off date is Monday, 12 June.

Don’t miss out on taking part in the industry event of the year and the chance to showcase your product!

2017 Call for Entries open now

We’re back!  For 23 years the prestigious annual Educational Publishing Awards have rewarded excellence and innovation in the industry.  This year’s celebration will take place on Thursday 20 September 2017 at The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Call for entries is now open – nominations must be submitted by Friday, 2 June 2017*.  Please read the conditions of entry and judging criteria before submitting your nomination.

Awards will be presented in Primary, Secondary, TAFE & Vocational and Tertiary Education categories as well as the Primary and Secondary Publisher of the Year.

For the first time this year we will welcome a new chief judge to the Awards, tasked with fulfilling the considerable role of Professor Mike Horsley, who sadly passed away in 2016.  As co-founder and chief judge of the Awards for 22 years, Mike Horsley was a champion of leading-edge educational publishing and has given Australian educational publishers an opportunity to have their excellence recognised.  We thank Mike for his significant contribution to the industry and will introduce the new chief judge soon.

We are grateful for publishers’ continued support of the Awards and look forward to celebrating the hard work involved in producing innovative, pedagogically outstanding resources designed to meet the needs of Australian students and teachers.

Start submitting, and we look forward to hosting you on 20 September!

Keep up to date and join the conversation:

W: edpubawards.com

T: @EPAs_Aus

F: www.facebook.com/edpubawards

 

*Update: Call for Entries must be submitted by Monday, 12 June 2017.