IFRRO and IPA launch a Report on Identifier and Metadata Standards in the Publishing Industry

The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) together with the International Publishers Association (IPA)  today publish a report on Identifier and Metadata Standards in the Publishing Industry commissioned from Mark Bide.

The report is a wide-ranging and high-level overview of the use of technical standards in the global publishing industry value chain, with a specific focus on standards for text and images. The report also analyses the current use of standards a number of priority areas in depth. These areas include accessibility for the visually impaired, collective rights management, out of commerce works, orphan works and ecommerce in the developing world. 

It makes recommendations for action to ensure that the standards infrastructure develops in such a way that it meets the needs of all participants in the value chain industry - creators of text and images, publishers and intermediaries such as collective management organisations, consumers and users – now and in the future. The report is available here.