Mark Bide joined Rightscom in March 2001, following nearly 10 years running his own consultancy.
He has 35 years experience of the publishing industry, having been a Director of the European subsidiaries of both CBS Publishing and John Wiley & Sons. Subsequently, he developed one of the most highly respected independent publishing consultancies in the UK, with particular expertise in the impact of network technology on the information value chain. Since the early 1990s, has been deeply involved in metadata and identification initiatives, including the <indecs> project.
At Rightscom, Mark has undertaken projects on behalf of many clients including the European Commission, the British Library, the Publishers Association, EDItEUR, UKOLN, the JISC, the Publishers Licensing Society, the Copyright Licensing Agency, the International DOI Foundation, and World Association of Newspapers.
He remains involved in standardisation strategies, and was closely involved in the development of the DDEX standards project for the music industry, particularly the Global Release Identifier (GRid) and the Musical Works Licence Identifier (MWLI). He has long been an advocate of the requirement for machine-interpretable policy expression, and has been involved in the formulation of ONIX for Licensing Terms from its inception. He is currently particularly engaged in the development of the ACAP project (see www.the-acap.com).
Mark is often used as a specialist meeting chair and facilitator and is known for his ability to make complex issues accessible to a wide audience.