Bill Kasdorf, General Editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing, is Vice President and principal consultant of Apex Content Solutions, a leading supplier of data conversion, editorial, production, and content enhancement services to publishers and other organizations worldwide. Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), Bill is a recipient of SSP’s Distinguished Service Award, the IDEAlliance/DEER Luminaire Award, and the Book Industry Study Group’s Industry Champion Award.
Active in many standards initiatives, Bill serves on the Board of Directors of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and is a member of the IDPF Working Group responsible for the EPUB 3 standard. He is also an active member of the W3C Digital Publishing Interest Group, which is working to advance the Open Web Platform to better address the full breadth of publishing needs. He is Apex’s delegate to the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC), which governs many standards for image and video metadata as well as rights metadata and other standards for the news industry, and is Chair of the BISG Content Structure Committee, which is responsible for the BISG EPUB 3 Support Grid and publishes resources for the book industry. He is an active member of the EDUPUB Alliance, an international collaboration advancing standards for educational content; the IDEAlliance Tech Council, focused on PRISM and other standards for the magazine industry; and the SSP Annual Meeting Committee and Organizational Collaboration Committee for the scholarly publishing industry.
Bill has led seminars, written articles, and spoken widely for publishing industry organizations such as SSP, O’Reilly TOC, NISO, BISG, IDPF, DBW, AAP, AAUP, ALPSP, STM, ALA, Publishing Business, Seybold Seminars, and the Library of Congress. Most recently, he is the author of the chapter on EPUB metadata and packaging for O’Reilly’s EPUB 3 Best Practices and the chapter on EPUB in the book The Critical Component: Standards in Information Distribution, published by the American Library Association in collaboration with NISO.
In his consulting practice, Bill has served clients globally, including large international publishers such as Pearson, Cengage, Wolters Kluwer, and Sage; scholarly presses and societies such as Harvard, MIT, Toronto, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge, ASME, and IEEE; aggregators such as CourseSmart and netLibrary; and global publishing and library organizations such as the World Bank, the British Library, the Asian Development Bank, OCLC, and
the European Union.