#theOnlineMind 2015: The First Digital Publishing Conference in the Caribbean


My heart was warmed when the champion of online creativity (who first introduced me to my great love, Social Media) Dr. Marcia Forbes greeted our small group of online writers at the beginning of her speech. “Bloggers are special,” she said. And so we are.

Dr. Marcia Forbes, an online pioneer in Jamaica, speaks at the launch. (My photo)
Dr. Marcia Forbes, an online pioneer in Jamaica, speaks at the launch. (My photo)

Dr. Forbes’ company Phase Three Productions is a major sponsor of #theOnlineMind, the Caribbean’s very first digital publishing conference, coming up at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel from November 2-5, 2015. The conference is organized by the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY). Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton graced us with his presence at the media launch today, and updated us on the Jamaican Government’s current efforts in the area of Intellectual Property Rights. Among other initiatives, the office that falls under his ministry is joining a project initiated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to include the visually impaired. TIGAR (Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources) is establishing a global, virtual online catalogue of books produced in accessible formats that can be exchanged across national borders for print impaired people. I am also interested in JAMCOPY’s voluntary copyright registration system, which I think I should avail myself of. As Minister Hylton reminded us, our online creations are not only our works, but also our assets.

Long live the digital domain! Now, it’s time for local Internet providers to come on board and support the Conference (we do depend on them) as Latoya West-Blackwood observed. Latoya has founded her own iPublishJamaica, the first registered digital publishing consultancy in Jamaica. 

Here is the full low-down from JAMCOPY’s press release. All those who are interested in any way in publishing, writing and the online world should be there. For more information on The Caribbean Digital Publishing Conference visit www.theonlinemind.com. You can also find them on Facebook and on Twitter @TheOnlineMind.

Minister Anthony Hylton says his ministry is seeking to engage the public on intellectual property rights issues. (My photo)
Minister Anthony Hylton says his ministry is seeking to engage the public on intellectual property rights issues. (My photo)

An impressive line-up of international speakers is slated for the Caribbean’s first Digital Publishing Conference, ‪#‎theOnlineMind‬, scheduled to be held November 2-5, 2015 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. The Conference, organized by the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY), will incorporate a publishing conference, exhibitions, Master Classes and an Education Stakeholder’s Forum in an effort to highlight and address global trends towards digital publishing. Stakeholders will also explore fundamental issues pertinent to digital projects in education and how they can work collectively to succeed with digital migration in education and support learners to improve their educational success.

Among the many international speakers are George Walkley, Head of Digital for the Hachette UK Group with responsibility for digital initiatives and strategy including eBooks and apps. A regular speaker at Book and Publishing Industry events worldwide, George will address the Critical Skills for Successful Digital Publishing. Another hot-button topic, Social Media for Print and Digital Books will be covered by Nicholas Laughlin, the Programme Director for Trinidad’s annual literary festival and editor of The Caribbean Review of Books and Caribbean Beat magazines.

Former Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education and Director for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce, Jay Disky, will share his knowledge and experience gained over two decades in government relations and education policy. In his current role as Executive Director of Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group, Jay directs the group’s advocacy, public policy development and operations.

Protecting copyright in the digital age is a challenge. Participants will receive information on the latest advances in digital protection from Paul Doda, the Chairman, International Publishers Association’s (IPA) Copyright Committee and Anti-Piracy Working Group and Global Litigation Counsel at the Science, Technical and Medical publisher Elsevier, with offices worldwide. As the chairman for the International Publishers Association (IPA) ) Online Piracy Working Group and a member of various industry copyright committees, Mr. Doda is an expert in copyright enforcement.

They will also hear from Michael Lewis, the Regional Intellectual Property Attaché for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean based at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. In this position, he is responsible for promoting high standards of intellectual property protection and enforcement and serves as a resource for both U.S. Government personnel and national governments within the region. Previously, Mr. Lewis served as a Director and Intellectual Property Advisor in the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), Executive Office of the President.

Also appearing on the list of International experts in the field are Jon White, Head of Product at Emerald Group Publishing, where he has a wide remit overseeing the development of new digital technology, products and channels and Jamaica’s own Carol Newman. In addition to her role as General Manager of JAMCOPY, Carol is the Caribbean Regional Development Representative – Caribbean for IFRRO, the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations, and Principal and lead consultant of IPCaribbean. In this capacity, she provides a suite of intellectual property services to both owners and users of intellectual property, including IP audits, licensing contracts, IP policy development and permissions.

The conference has four (4) stands and so the target audience is varied and includes Authors, Publishers, Booksellers, Government Policy Makers, Lawyers, Digital Technology Providers and Librarians/Information Specialists.

Candice Carby is E-Business Development Coordinator at Carlong Publishers (Caribbean) Ltd., one of the sponsors of #theOnlineMind. (My photo)
Candice Carby is E-Business Development Coordinator at Carlong Publishers (Caribbean) Ltd., one of the sponsors of #theOnlineMind. (My photo)

#theonlinemind is sponsored by Macmillan Publishers, Carlong Publishers, Hodder Education, International Publishers Association, Phase 3 Productions, Mapco Printers and media partners Power 106FM, The Gleaner Company, iPublish Jamaica and Listen Mi News.

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Contact:
Carol Newman, Conference Chair
JAMCOPY
754-8910

Three "bookish" women": (l-r) Latoya West-Blackwood, who heads the Book Industry Association of Jamaica and her own digital publishing company iPublish Jamaica; publicist Ruth Chisholm; and Tanya Batson-Savage of Blue Moon Publishing. (My photo)
Three “bookish” women”: (l-r) Latoya West-Blackwood, who heads the Book Industry Association of Jamaica and her own digital publishing company iPublish Jamaica; publicist Ruth Chisholm; and Tanya Batson-Savage of Blue Moon Publishing. (My photo)

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