Bill Kasdorf

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Bill Kasdorf,, is Principal of Kasdorf & Associates, LLC, a publishing technology consultancy focusing on editorial and production workflows, XML/HTML/EPUB modeling, information infrastructure, accessibility, and standards and best practices alignment to future proof content and systems. He is a founding partner of Publishing Technology Partners. 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 is the Global Publishing Evangelist for the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C); he serves on the Steering Committee of the W3C Publishing Business Group and is a member of the W3C Publishing Working Group developing the next generation of Web Publications, as well as the W3C’s EPUB 3 Community Group and the EPUB 3 CG’s Accessibility Task Force. He co-chairs NISO’s Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines Working Group. He is a member of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), which publishes resources for the book supply chain, with a special focus on accessibility and EPUB implementation, serving on BISG’s Workflow Committee. He is a member of 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 of the DAISY Consortium for accessibility.

Bill has led seminars, written articles, and spoken widely for publishing industry organizations such as SSP, W3C, AUP, ALPSP, STM, NISO, BISG, IDPF, IPTC, DBW, AAP, ALA, Publishing Business, Seybold Seminars, and the Library of Congress. He is the General Editor of the Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing and a co-editor of the BISG Guide to Accessible Publishing. 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. He is a member of the editorial board of the Learned Publishing journal and served as Guest Editor for its January 2019 issue devoted to accessibility.

In his consulting practice, Bill has served clients globally, including large international publishers such as Pearson, Cengage, Wolters Kluwer, Kaplan, and Sage; scholarly and STM presses and societies such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the National Academies Press, Taylor & Francis, the American Psychological Association, the IEEE, the American College of Physicians, the Cochrane Library, and the university presses of Harvard, MIT, Toronto, Cambridge; aggregators such as VitalSource and others; and global publishing and library organizations such as the World Bank, the British Library, the Asian Development Bank, OCLC, and the Publishing Office of the European Union.