On 22nd April first meeting of the Indian Digital Publishing stakeholders took place at Mumbai. The purpose of the meet was two pronged. First was to spread the word in the Digital Publishing (DPuB) community about W3C India’s intended involvement. Secondly, as was promised in the first meeting of the DPuB stakeholders in India, announce the initiation of “Alternate Time Zone Meeting” and issue a call for participation. The meeting had participation from Directorate of Languages, Gazetteer Department, Integra, Knowledge Architects Web Pvt. Ltd., Marathi Language Dept., NIXI, Noetic Technologies, Rajya Marathi Vikas Sanstha, Saravu Services, Translation Panacea, Vishwa Kannada, C-DAC Kolkata, CDAC, Pune & W3C India. The deliberations at this first gathering gave a glimpse of throbbing Publishing Industry in India and gave us an encouragement for taking this ahead with all.
This activity is undertaken under the umbrella of the global Digital Publishing Interest Group. Let us understand about the global Digital Publishing activity before going down the details of the Alternate India Time Zone Meeting. The "Digital Publishing Interest Group"  at W3C is one of the major drivers of future Digital Publishing discourse in the world. On board with the group are some of the leading publishers, device manufacturers, universities and software companies. The group interacts over the publicly hosted mailing list and a weekly conference calls.
Given the geographical nature of India, the time when this global group meets (monthly telecon) is slightly inconvenient for stakeholders from Indian subcontinent. To compensate this, alternate global meeting, at a time suitable for Indian subcontinent, was proposed. It is this "Alternate India Time Zone meeting". It can deliberate on the same agenda points as that of the weekly meeting of the global Interest Group which can be followed up with the region specific discussion points. This meeting is an excellent opportunity for those who hold or wish to hold major stake in the future digital publishing ecosystem, specially in Indian subcontinent.
The group had the first con-call on 14th Aug. 2015, the minutes of which can be read at .
Also, the deliberations taking place on the mailing list have been publicly achieved at .
If you feel like keeping abreast of the latest discussions at Global DPUB IG, here is the link .
W3C global has also come up with a blog that gives you the latest on DPUB IG telecons: