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December 2017


  1. Season's greetings
  2. EPF meeting in Tallinn (including useful documents from the meeting)
  3. OEB, Berlin conference
  4. Survey
  5. Useful documents and links
  6. Miscellaneous

1. Season's greetings


The EEPG management board wishes you all a peaceful time and a good start into 2018!

2. EPF meeting in Tallinn (including useful documents from the meeting)

At the meeting in Tallin, there were several reports and presentations that you might find interesting. I will include some statistics and reports in my next newsletter, but here are two that speak for themselves and are certainly interesting for all European educational publishers.
  1. The presentation by René Montenarie of GEU, regarding the public-private partnership behind the Edu-K project in the Netherlands.
  2. The presentation by Brian Gilsenan, on behalf of the working group aiming to give momentum to an EPF campaign to advocate the value of educational publishing.

There was also a verbal report by Anne Bergman of FEP with an update on activities.

Copyright in the DSM (digital single market), proposed Directive, is now in Parliament and Council. Of main concern are:
  • Article 4 on an exception for illustration of teaching: initial text foresees an exception that can be replaced by licences if the Member States agree (optional); there is a risk that informal education gets covered (how can this be either licensed or compensated for) and that instead of secured networks, the exception covers open internet, OER and MOOCs
  • Articles 6 to 8 on out of commerce
    • How will this work with textbooks?
    • How will the institutions select the out of commerce works?
    • Is a previous edition of an updated textbook out of commerce?
  • Also the Articles about the remuneration of authors could be problematic if they cover all authors, even those paid a fixed fee.

Accessibility - Marrakesh & Regulation on Accessibility for all
  • one gives the right to organisations to adapt the books for print disabled persons,
  • the second imposes under certain conditions, accessibility features to all ebooks published or sold in Europe (in the next EEPG newsletter there will be an update on this by professor Dusan Popovic, explaining the latest developments and what it means for educational publishers)

An email was sent to MEPs by Creative Commons to donate per month to create a repository for OERs. FEP would be interested to know the cost per month of digital textbooks in various EU countries? (questions regarding these issues will be added to the survey on expenditure n the next EEPG newsletter)

3. OEB conference: Shaping the future of learning. Berlin, Dec 6th - 8th

This year the theme of the conference was "Learning Uncertainty". While OEB is mainly concerned with training and life long learning, there are a few lessons to be learnt also for educational publishers in K12 and beyond. One topic that came up all the time in the many interesting plenaries, talks, discussion rounds and workshops is the fact that we live in an age of acceleration and that that means a profound and significant shift in knowledge, experience, perception and ultimately education.

This is why "uncertainty" was the main theme:
We do not know what technology changes are bringing next, how demographic change will redefine our schooling and learning and how economic changes will influence our education on all levels.
There was also an interesting exhibition, mainly on the technology side.

All the information concerning OEB is on the website, also some of the plenaries can be watched in full. Use this URL as a starting point and browse through the different sections at the top of the website.

4. Survey

I was hoping to be able to do the survey I wrote in the last newsletter by early December. However, I had absolutely no feedback from any of the members. Also, some more info has come in concerning expenditure on textbooks (there are some statistics I will have to evaluate). I think it is therefore better to do this in January after a well deserved break.

5. Useful documents and links

You might be interested in this Youth Wiki:
"The Youth Wiki is Europe's online encyclopaedia in the area of national youth policies. The platform is a comprehensive database of national structures, policies and actions supporting young people. It covers the eight main fields of action identified in the 2010-2018 EU Youth Strategy: education and training, employment and entrepreneurship, health and well-being, participation, voluntary activities, social inclusion, youth and the world, and creativity and culture."

And here is some food for thought at the end of the year looking out to 2027.

6. Miscellaneous

Stephen Haggard, who some of you remember from the Berlin conference in September 2016 (his video is still online), has asked me if anybody is interested in meeting at BETT. I will not attend myself, but if you are and are interested in getting in touch again, here are his details:

Stephen Haggard
Director & Co-Founder
+44 (0) 7956370294

I quote from his email:
This year my company DLA is concentrating at BETT on our range of video-centred English Language assets. These are supplied at CERF Levels A1 to C2 and come complete with teacher and student packs built on a video-centred learning pedagogy. The product is designed and priced to allow publishers to go straight to their national K-12 markets with a full video product, rights cleared, using attractive authentic stories sourced from social media and global broadcasters. There is a guide script from a UK English speaker but we can record other accents e.g. North American. The price point and production method should enable publishers to have cutting edge video-led propositions in ELT available to show at Frankfurt and sell for Autumn 2018. You can view the series if you follow the link below my signature.

Also, at OEB, I met with Jozef Misik from Knowble. I was fascinated by how they use AI to access the content that a publisher already has to create new learning materials. here is the presentation and I also quote from his latest email to me:
Please feel free to review and share with your members the attached deck. Furthermore, have a look at the 360AI homepage.360AI provides Artificial Intelligence designed specifically for education in the form of APIs. Our aim is to accelerate the development of innovative educational products. Our AI allows for automatic content-to-curriculum mapping, automatic meta-tagging for better content management, content analysis, etc. We would be glad to present what AI at large means for education; and what 360AI can do for the EEPG members.

Jozef Misik
Managing Director
+31 648 873 128

See you all in 2018!

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