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#theonlinemind to open publishing possibilities

Published:Monday | October 12, 2015 | 10:00 AMMel Cooke
Carol Newman

In welcoming all on Wednesday morning to the official presentation of the slate of activities for next month's #theonlinemind conference, Joan Pinkney said, "It is an interesting and challenging time for all in the publishing arena." The Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency's (JAMCOPY) manager of Licensing and Membership's perspective was shared by other speakers at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, but it was also consensus that this is a time of great possibility in publishing.

It is these possibilities which the conference, which takes place from November 2-5, also at the Pegasus, is expected to open up to participants. In a press release, JAMCOPY identified a wide target audience, including authors, publishers, book sellers, Government policymakers, lawyers, digital technology providers, and librarians/information specialists.

 

challenging, yet exciting

 

Carol Newman, general manager of JAMCOPY, who will chair #theonlinemind, described the context within which the conference is scheduled as "challenging, yet exciting".

Among the many issues which digital publishing raises are access to educational content. So while the digital causes disruption, there is also opportunity and, Newman said, all the issues lead to the #theonlinemind conference.

In a press release, a number of speakers from outside Jamaica for the conference were identified. Among them are head of Digital for the Hachette UK Group, George Walkley, and Nicholas Laughlin, editor of The Caribbean Review of Books and Caribbean Beat. Jay Disky is a former special assistant to US Secretary of Education and director for the US House of Representatives' Committee on Education and the Workforce. Paul Doda, global litigation counsel at Elsevier, will speak on the latest advances in digital protection.

Another speaker from outside Jamaica is Jon White, head of Product at Emerald Group Publishing. Newman, who is the Caribbean Regional Development Representative for the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations, will also be a speaker.

Dr Marcia Forbes of Phase 3, speaking on behalf of the sponsors, drew on personal experience, saying that her book, Streaming-Social Media, Mobile Lifestyles, was facilitated immensely by being online and in the digital domain. Back in 2012, Forbes said, she could see the conflict between traditional and digital publishing.

"Although we are a community, we are going to compete," Forbes said, closing with "long live the digital domain".

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, spoke at length about developments in Jamaica's copyright legislation and the positive impact on Jamaicans' creativity. "What we need to do is harness that creativity and unleash it on the world," Hylton said, pledging the Government's support.

And Hylton congratulated JAMCOPY on staging "a conference which, by all accounts, will be a 'boonunoonus' conference".