International Publishing Notes: Copyright Clearance Center, IDPF, W3C

In News by Porter Anderson

Calling for more feedback and input, the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announces that merger considerations with W3C still are ongoing. CCC rolls out a new platform called RightFind Content Decision Support.

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

CCC Rolls Out RightFind ‘CDS’ Platform
This week, Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) has launched what it terms “an easy-to-use analytics platform that helps information managers bring actionable intelligence to their content acquisition strategy.”

COPYRIGHT-CLEARANCE-CENTER-logo-featured-2 linedCalled RightFind Content Decision Support, the cloud-based offering, according to CCC’s statement, “combines comprehensive usage and spend data, predictive analytics and data visualizations, and budget forecast and planning tools in a single solution designed to help information managers bring actionable intelligence to their content acquisition strategy.”

RightFind has been in place for some time. The new element is the Content Decision Support offering, or CDS.

In a bid to trim information management budgets, RightFind CDS “combines granular statistics from the platform with COUNTER statistics to give information center managers an enterprise-wide view of content usage and spend.”

CCC lists these points as advantages of the use of its RightFind CDS platform:

  • Access content usage and spend insights in seconds by tapping into aggregated data sources.
  • Create presentations quickly and easily to let the data demonstrate content return on investment (ROI) to key stakeholders.
  • Identify coverage gaps, spot content usage trends, and use business value metrics to demonstrate how the information center’s investments support the organization’s research efforts.
  • Shorten the annual budget cycle with powerful forecast and planning tools that simplify and automate the budget process.

More about the new offering

More from Publishing Perspectives on Copyright Clearance Center.

IDPF and W3C: Still Working on That Merger

IDPF logo linedAs you’ll recall, announcements made at the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) conference at BookExpo America in Chicago in May set off a robust debate, the issue being a proposal to have the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) effectively absorb the IDPF.

With pledges to seriously seek and evaluate membership input and the opinions of key industry observers, both organizations embarked on what seems to be a protracted effort to find resolution.

This week,  a short “Update on Potential Combination of IDPF with W3C” has been posted to the IDPF site with little new information.

W3C_logo linedThe statement reads, in part:

“On May 10, IDPF and W3C announced that we were jointly exploring the potential to combine our organizations to accelerate EPUB adoption and advance publishing technologies for the overall Open Web Platform.

“Since the announcement, both organizations have received significant feedback from members and industry stakeholders, which we are in the process of evaluating and considering with regard to specifics of a prospective combination.

“IDPF has already organized several webinars and meetings to discuss the combination with our members, and we currently expect to communicate to members within the coming month to respond more holistically to member feedback and announce next steps on the prospective combination.”

The announcement goes on to mention a Publishing Community Meeting set for September 22, and has more information available on that event, including links to an agenda. and registration.

More on IDPF at Publishing Perspectives.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.