Preserving our digital future

Preserving our digital future

John Chelsom started the XML Summer School in 2000, and continues as a board member and lecturer at this annual event. Since 2010 he has been the lead architect of the open source cityEHR product – an XML-based electronic health records system which combines clinical data with medical knowledge bases and is currently used in […]

A day in the life of a programmer

A day in the life of a programmer

Emma Barnes taught herself to code after founding her own independent publisher, Snowbooks. She went on to build Bibliocloud, the next-generation publishing system. Now she’s on a mission to promote tech skills within the publishing industry and beyond. Emma is also on the newly-formed BookMachine Editorial Board. 6.50am Wake up, wonder what day it is […]

Coding for publishers: taster course

Coding for publishers: taster course

SYP member Jessica Ballance combines her work as a bookseller and manager of Daunt Books in North London with the role of associate editor at Dodo Ink, an independent publisher of daring and diverse literary fiction. In September she attended the first Coding for publishers: taster course – here is her review. For a long time now, I have […]

What’s your flavour?: Selecting the right XML for your content

What’s your flavour?: Selecting the right XML for your content

This is a guest post from Emily Gibson and Nic Gibson. They are both directors of Corbas Consulting Ltd and each have over 20 years’ publishing experience, mostly in editorial, print and digital production. The other day we were contacted by a client who was really excited about the new digital publishing process they were putting into […]

Get with the program: Why and how to start coding

Get with the program: Why and how to start coding

You work in publishing, right? You think you’re creative? What do you spend most of your time at work doing? If you’re in a low-level position, Snowbooks and Bibliocloud founder Emma Barnes suggests your answer is likely to comprise a list of decidedly uncreative tasks. In a witty, insightful and inspiring talk at the Galley […]

The code less travelled: Why I became a Rails Girl for the day and why we should all care more about coding

The code less travelled: Why I became a Rails Girl for the day and why we should all care more about coding

Recently, I seem to have encountered coding at every turn. It all started with an article by Jasmin Kirkbride here on BookMachine, back in April. Today’s children are the true digital natives among us, and now that computing – actual coding, not just learning how to use a computer – has been introduced to England’s […]

Coder Generation: Building digital skills doesn’t have to be scary

Coder Generation: Building digital skills doesn’t have to be scary

The digital revolution might seem like a challenge to us now, but there’s a whole new generation of digital natives that will be coming into the jobs market over the next decade, for whom coding, apps and mobile technology are as natural as breathing.

Five things they know about XML that you don’t

Five things they know about XML that you don’t

This is a guest post from Emily and Nic Gibson. They are both directors of Corbas Consulting Ltd and each have over 15 years’ publishing experience, mostly in editorial, print and digital production. Knowledge is everything they say. To help you get ahead, here are the five things they know about XML that you don’t. […]

How to create a catalogue automatically using ONIX and InDesign

How to create a catalogue automatically using ONIX and InDesign

This is a guest post from Emma Barnes. Emma is co-founder of General Products, and indie publisher Snowbooks. General Products is the company behind FutureBook-award-winning Bibliocloud, the web-based all-in-one publishing management system. Did you go into publishing so that you could spend your days copying and pasting ever-changing metadata from spreadsheets, emails and databases into […]

A publisher’s guide to APIs

A publisher’s guide to APIs

This is a guest post from Emma Barnes. Emma is co-founder of General Products, and indie publisher Snowbooks. General Products is the company behind FutureBook-award-winning Bibliocloud, the web-based all-in-one publishing management system. API is one of those acronyms you hear bandied about. “APIs”, people say, “are vital. Vital!” But if, as you fervently nod in […]