By Virginia — When the Digitales team went to the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, they discovered that today is an exciting time to create digital content. Read the event highlights below.
Every year, the ‘Hot Spot’ digital zones at the Frankfurt Book Fair grow, creating new opportunities for discovery. Each of the following offered a daily program of demonstrations and talks:
- Digital Innovation
- Professional and Scientific Information
- Publishing Services
The ‘Frankfurter Buchmesse’ hosts six digital hot spots under the Frankfurt Sparks banner and DES staff made the most of the digital hot spot guided tours. The six hotspots, Digital Relations, Education, Kids and Comics, Mobile and Devices, Professional and Scientific Information and Publishing Services, all hosted workshops.
The Education hot spot ran a workshop on the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI). Creative Commons and the Association of Educational Publishers sponsored the session.
The LRMI project is creating a common metadata vocabulary to describe educational resources which will build on schema.org.
Around the Publishing hotspot all talk was of the digital content uptake with German and Italian publishing organisations developing their own e-book readers. Discussion commonly featured the 20% e-book sales figures in the US as against the current German figure of 0.05%.
Amongst the hyped activity it was great to visit some of the well-received Australian stands, including Rod Martin of in2Era and Val and Richard at Ziptales.
Iceland was the featured country this year and their pavilion provided a moment of tranquillity. Icelandic residents reading were the stars of simple video installations featured on angular walls. Each large wall appeared to reflect a photograph but slight movements became apparent – an eye flickering and then a page turning or cat leaping onto the reader’s knee. Simple and engaging