Three faculty and students from the School of Information are presenting this week at the 5th annual Intelligent Content Conference in San Francisco. The conference explores the challenges and opportunities for the emerging discipline of corporate publishing in a mobile, global, on-demand world.
School of Information adjunct professor Robert Glushko kicks off the conference tomorrow with the opening keynote presentation, “The Implications of Intelligent Content for eBooks.” His keynote will provide a vision for the future possibilities of electronic books and how that future could affect authors, publishers, and readers.
Glushko has been interested in electronic publishing since the 1990s, when he was the co-founder of Passage Systems, which specialized in high-volume SGML-based publishing solutions, and Veo Systems, which pioneered the use of XML for electronic business before its acquisition by Commerce One. Glushko is the co-author of Document Engineering: Analyzing and Designing Documents for Business Informatics and Web Services and the author of the forthcoming book The Discipline of Organizing.
Two I School master’s students are leading workshops in the conference’s “eBooks, Apps and Mobile” track.
First-year MIMS student A.J. Renold compares the various devices and platforms that people use to read books: Kindles, Nooks, iPads, computers, and even old-fashioned ink-on-paper books. His workshop, “The eReading Experience: What Product Wraps a Book and Why Is It Important?”, looks at the range of features that different platforms support; he follows up by asking, “What are cutting-edge features that users want, but never knew they wanted?”
In another workshop, “eBooks Readers as Browsers,” first-year MIMS student Jake Hartnell presents a proposal for platform-independent ebook authoring using HTML5. Hartnell’s enthusiasm for the flexibility and power of HTML5 as an authoring format is influenced partly by his experience as a science-fiction author.