News & Events: Charlesworth Technology Seminar 2010

Charlesworth Technology Seminar 2010: Guiding publishers through the e-publishing maze Amanda Laverick presents during the morning session

Focus on Technology Event:
Guiding publishers through the e-publishing maze

Held on 30th June 2010 at the Institute of Materials, Mining & Minerals, London

The Charlesworth Panel:
Caitlin Meadows - Publishing Services Director
Amanda Laverick - Chief Operating Officer, Charlesworth China
Stephen Laverick - Technical Director, Charlesworth China
David Boothman - Managing Director, UK Operations
Richard Pearson - IT Specialist, UK

Guest Speaker:
Dr Robin Dunford, Journals Manager, Society for General Microbiology.

Building on The Charlesworth Group's experience and expertise in providing customised publishing services solutions to journal and book publishers throughout its 80-year history, the first Focus on Technology event was held in London, UK to provide an opportunity for the invited audience to gain further information on new technologies and workflow solutions, presented by senior members of Charlesworth's team.

Event Summary
Caitlin Meadows gave an introduction to the seminar and the morning session commenced with a general explanation of key terminology and the subject areas to be covered during the day.

Amanda Laverick and Stephen Laverick subsequently presented the morning programme, covering the integration of workflows with third parties, express automated paging (demonstrating how to save days from production schedules using AutoProof technology), and ePub (and use of file formats for publishing to mobile devices) 'explained'. The morning was rounded up by a case study from the guest speaker, Dr Robin Dunford, Journals Manager for the Society for Microbiology, who explained how the society has implemented automated workflows and other technologies to make their publishing programme more efficient.

Following lunch, Amanda Laverick presented further explanation and analysis of semantic tagging, with several case studies, before the open forum discussion got under way. Delegates provided insights into how they are utilising (or planning to utilise) new technologies in their typesetting and print-management workflows.

The final session, presented by David Boothman and Richard Pearson, examined electronic workflows relating to printed publications and the benefits of automating print buying processes from online ordering through to payment handling with real-time tracking. The session also included the official launch of C-Print+, Charlesworth's latest innovation which offers the latest in web to print technology plus a lot more.

The event was rounded up with a final review and opportunity for questions. Feedback from the event has been excellent with many delegates requesting that similar events be held in future. Here are some example comments given by delegates when asked their opinions on how useful the seminar had been.

Really excellent. Stephen explaining ePub and demystifying the technologies and concepts - very good... lots of really interesting points of view, different workflows etc... I enjoyed it - the group was small and comfortable - nicely informal gathering of people with differing needs and levels of expertise... Excellent day - thank you!
Jenny Henderson, Associate Director,
Nature Publishing Group

Extremely useful, I wish there were more events like this. The morning sessions on xml and auto-proofing were very interesting... C-print+ is of interest... It was great to hear about the services Charlesworth offer, but I also liked that it wasn't the whole focus of the day. It was useful to hear how others are doing in the field and that not everyone believes in the death of print!
Claire Ruston, Editorial Manager,
Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

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