ALPSP Technology Update
A Standard XML Document Format: The case for the adoption of NLM DTD?

Monday 3 December 2007, London

British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS

Chair: Geoff Bilder
Speakers: Bruce D. Rosenblum, Bill Kasdorf, Chris Baker, Eamonn Neylon

What is NLM DTD is all about - and why is it becoming the standard for preparing scholarly content for both books and journals. The speakers explained its background and development, its use and application, and the benefits and challenges of adopting this new standard. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) created the Journal Archiving and Interchange Document Type Definition (DTD) with the intention of providing a common format in which publishers and archives can exchange journal content. It was released in 2003 and has already been adopted by hundreds of journals worldwide. Journal compositors and service suppliers are already using it as the de facto standard full-text DTD for publishing. The NLM DTD is also popular with aggregators. It is the 'house' system used by Atypon, the recommended DTD for full-text content at Ingenta and HighWire Press, and of course used by NLM for PubMed Central. Most recently the British Library and the Library of Congress have announced their support for NLM DTD as their archiving standard for electronic content. It has also been adopted by Portico.

Who should attend? Production Managers and Directors who are considering adopting this new standard; Senior Publishing Managers who need to be aware of the implications of NLM DTD for their work processes, and the impact it will have for their authors and contributors; and suppliers involved in content provision to the scholarly publishing community.


0930 Registration and Tea/Coffee

1000 Introduction from the Chair
Geoff Bilder, CrossRef

1015 NLM DTD - Background and Scene-setting (ppt)
Bruce D Rosenblum, Inera Inc

1045 The Benefits to be gained from the New DTD standard (ppt)
Bill Kasdorf, Apex CoVantage

1115 Tea/Coffee

1135 NLM DTD in archiving - a case-study (ppt) Additional information (Chris Baker Blog)
Chris Baker, Freelance Project Management for Electronic Publishing

1205 Keeping Up Appearances - Applying Standardized Validation to NLM (ppt)
Eamonn Neylon, BSI

1235 Comparing experiences / Future requirements
Panel discussion with contributors and Chair as above

1300 Buffet Lunch & Close