Workflow Committee Charter (2022)

How we provide value to the industry

Current State

Both within segments and across the supply chains, workflows in place to deliver information, physical products, and digital products are not well understood and success is not clearly defined. Cross-segment workflows are often siloed, impeding communications, and existing workflows may not deliver on their requirements. The impact of remote and hybrid work has increased the importance of effective workflows, and the need for best practices in this area is growing. As well, the need for workflows that address diversity, inclusion, and accessibility continues to increase.

Objectives

  • Promote BISG examples of effective workflows, within and across segments
  • Document best practice and identify the tools and resources required to improve approaches already in place
  • Maintain workflow-related guides and best practices to ensure that BISG resources address current and anticipated industry opportunities and challenges
  • Build awareness of opportunities to use workflows to address issues that affect support for diversity, inclusion, and accessibility

Stakeholder Impact/Benefits

Both within and across industry segments, existing workflows have been developed as responses to prevailing conditions, with little access to best practice or alternative resources. The workflow committee’s efforts can help close an information gap, fostering best practice and growing awareness of available tools and how they might be used. In turn, this can: lower costs and improve time to market; improve product quality and functionality, including accessibility and inclusivity; and ensure a more equitable work environment

Deliverables

In 2022 the Workflow Committee will:

  • Continue short webinar series, expanding beyond EPUB topics after February. Potential topics include:
    • Building in accessibility earlier in workflows
    • The impact of continuation of distributed work
    • Adapting white paper findings to inform industry plans for a return to office
    • How companies are adapting workflows to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusions
    • An overview of workflow tools.
  • Publish an updated Field Guide to Fixed-Layout eBooks
  • Create and publish a Best Practices Guide for Audiobooks

Blockers

Subject-matter knowledge about audiobooks is not readily available, making assessment of various solutions dependent on direct access to members who have created and managed them.