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Welcome to the Club

(December 2010) posted on Tue Dec 07, 2010

A sourcelist of organizations for print providers.

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By Paula L. Yoho

Members of the standards association CIP4 (Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress) participate in focused working groups to define future versions of JDF (Job Definition Format) and to study user requirements. Comprised of end users, vendors, and consultants in the print-communications and graphic-arts industry, CIP4 offers members access to JDF documents, archives, software developing kits and testing systems, as well as networking opportunities and user case studies.

Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop)
A user-driven community of HP Indigo and Scitex owners and their sales, marketing, and production staffs, Dscoop provides its members the platform, infrastructure, and access to experts that facilitates interaction among the community. Its Dscoop annual conference as well as on-going webinars, discussion forums, and quarterly newsletters address issues specific to users of HP Graphic Arts products.

Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA)
A division of the Photo Marketing Association, DIMA conducts national and regional conferences that include sessions on digital imaging. DIMA tracks the market through research studies, shares success stories, and helps members stay up-to-date on the technology front.

Federation of Screen and Digital Printers Association (FESPA)
A federation of 33 national trade associations, FESPA promotes digital imaging and screen printing by offering members access to market data and analysis, online and in-person education and training conferences, workshops, and webinars, as well as technical support and advice and a variety of publications. Its global exhibition for screen and digital printers and its FESPA Digital exhibition take place in alternate years, in Europe. Recently, the organization has added shows in India, Thailand, and Mexico. In countries where there is no national association affiliated with FESPA, the print provider can join FESPA independently.

Global Imaging and Graphics Association
This invitation-only organization is comprised of owners and majority shareholders from private companies around the world who share a common interest in exchanging ideas and influencing the technology, marketing and materials used in large format digital printing. Giga members meet twice a year at an industry Expo or company visit.