July 2013

IPEd Options Survey: What Members Want

Curious about the way members of all societies voted for development of business cases for IPEd options? Voting closed on 27 June at 11.45pm AEST, and EV members responded enthusiastically. About 24% of our members took the survey (160 of you - a respectable 40% of the total respondents). Many of you added valuable comments. Here are the results.

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Introducing the Melbourne Literary Salon

The Melbourne Lit Salon is a casual, friendly evening for everyone who works with books and stories: graphic novelists and poets, zinesters and editors, illustrators and screenwriters, librarians and journalists, novelists and playwrights, publishers and digital storytellers.

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Accreditation Unveiled: Where Are We Heading?

Accreditation of Australian editors and the maintenance of national standards are IPEd's major functions. They are the principal reasons that a national organisation of editors, the Council of Australian Societies of Editors (CASE), was established in 1998. CASE set up the Accreditation Working Group in 2002, following the publication of Australian standards for editing practice in 2001, its first priority. In 2005, CASE was formalised as the Institute of Professional Editors Ltd.

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Renewal of Accreditation

The IPEd accreditation scheme has been in operation for five years, which means that the first batch of AEs - those accredited in 2008 - will be due for renewal of accreditation by the end of this year. Some information about renewal of accreditation, with a preliminary draft of the application form, is already on the IPEd website, and more detailed information will become available within the next few weeks.

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IPEd Review Information Dinner and Survey

On 12 June, a special dinner was held to inform members about the progress of the IPEd review. IPEd Councillor for Victoria, Charles Houen, and Chair of the IPEd Review Working Party, Rosemary Noble, gave an summary of the review's progress and outlined the three options for IPEd's future. Society members were to be asked, in a SurveyMonkey vote that was to launch in all societies on 13 June, to nominate for which of the three options they want the working party to develop business cases. The development of those business cases will require a lot of work, and they will be the basis for a final vote later this year by the members of all societies.

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EdTech: Annotating PDFs

Invented in the early 1990s by the Adobe corporation as a way to share fixed-layout documents, the now-ubiquitous Portable Document Format (PDF) is today an international open standard and one of the easiest ways to share files electronically. PDFs also offer many other features, such as form fields that can be filled out, password protection for document editing and digital signatures for official documents, and are also often used to send prepress publishing files from a layout program (such as InDesign) to a commercial printer.

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Dear Ed ...

Dear Dr Ed

Sometimes when I have deadlines, my brain goes into reverse, my heart beats faster and I can't think on even the most basic level. What can I do?

Flavius

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Typo of the Month

Many thanks to Margaret Trudgeon for sending in this typo: "I do love a good 'accromym'. It's in a nationally distributed document on diabetes guidelines from the University of Sydney (ouch)!"

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