DAISY & EPUB production training - Ghana - April 2013

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For staff of Ghana Blind Union, at New Delhi, India

29 April – 8 May 2013

participants in the training

Mr. Dipendra Manocha, Developing Countries Coordinator for the DAISY Consortium had been communicating with organizations in the developing countries for adoption of the DAISY & EPUB standards for creation of reading material in accessible formats. As a part of this initiative he had meetings with representative of the Ghana Blind Union during the WBU-ICEVI General Assembly in Bangkok in November 2012. After several follow-up meetings on Skype training for two persons from Ghana was finalized. The training was hosted by Saksham Trust a leading not-for-profit organization excelling in DAISY production in New Delhi, India. The cost of accommodation and food for the participants was sponsored by Saksham Trust while the travelling cost was taken care of by the Ghana Blind Union. The training was conducted by Mr. Prashant Ranjan Verma, Consultant with the DAISY Consortium for Training & Technical Support.

Ghana Blind Union had some experience of producing DAISY books with Dolphin Easy Converter. They wanted to learn the use of DAISY free and open source tools in order to create more books of different types. Accordingly the training covered the use of Obi for DAISY audio books and Tobi for multimedia DAISY books production. The participants were also given an overview of production of EPUB3 books using a combination of Save As DAISY, Tobi and Pipeline2. The program also laid emphasis on use of reading tools for DAISY and EPUB and discussed approach for giving reading system training to users of books.

This training program was much longer than usual. The additional days were used for visits to DAISY talking book libraries and resource centres for students with disabilities in two organizations to understand the book production workflow and library management strategies.

During the training, the trainees converted several short documents into DAISY format using the three new tools. Towards the end of the training the participants were given assignments which they completed independently and make presentations on the final day. A comprehensive resource material kit consisting of DAISY sample books, software DAISY players, authoring tools setup files, tutorials and training videos was prepared and handed over to the participants. EPUB 3 book samples and EPUB Readers were also included in the resource kit.

The participants subscribed to the DAISY Planet to keep themselves updated with DAISY related developments. The participants were also given an overview of the online resources for learning and troubleshooting namely the DAISY Forums and DAISYpedia.

The outcome of the training was positive. Both the trainees now have the skills and knowledge to produce DAISY TOC and Full text full audio books. It is expected that they will conduct trainings for staff and volunteers in their country and increase the availability of accessible books in Ghana.

The day-wise schedule of the training is appended below. It contains listing of all the topics covered in the training program.

Training timings:

9.30 AM to 5 PM
Lunch 1 PM to 2 PM
Tea breaks at 11 AM and 3.30 PM

Day 1, Morning Session

  • Introduction of trainees & trainers
  • Course Goals, Prerequisites and Outcomes
  • Overview of accessible reading formats for the print impaired
  • Understanding the need for DAISY – source of all alternate formats
  • Introduction of the Daisy Consortium & DAISY Forum of India
  • Introduction to the Daisy DTB
  • Global & local navigation concepts
  • Playback Tools Overview


Playback of DAISY books using different players: Understanding what we can do with playback tools and what we have to consider at the creation process


Installing Daisy Book players

  • Playback of different types of Daisy DTBs in different players (including hardware players such as mobile phones)
  • Basic training of selected reading tools (software players and dedicated devices)
  • Overview of other reading options – screen reader, refreshable Braille display, large print

Day 1, Afternoon Session

  • Discussion on various workflows for production of accessible reading content in different formats
  • DAISY Production Tools Overview
  • Overview of Obi, – the Daisy 2.02 & DAISY 3 book production tool
  • Using sample projects for understanding the Obi GUI


Converting a short document into a human voice recorded DAISY book

  • Project settings
  • Recording
  • Editing
  • Book finalization
  • Test book in DAISY players

Day2, Morning Session


Creating second DAISY TOC only book using human voice as per Library production workflow

  • Project setup
  • create the document structure
  • about document semantics (inter-relationship between headings and other navigational elements)
  • recording
  • editing
  • Build book

Day 2, Afternoon Session

  • Exercise continued
  • Book finalization and validation


Creating a project from audio files

  • Project setup
  • Importing audio files
  • Creating structure
  • Editing audio for better navigation
  • Book finalization
  • Advanced features of Obi
  • Different workflows in Obi – choosing workflow as per available infrastructure

Day 3, Morning Session

  • Installation and use of Save As DAISY add-in.
  • Use of styles for retaining semantics
  • Validation


  • Using Save As DAISY for conversion to DTB XML
  • Conversion to full DAISY

Day 3, Afternoon Session

  • Maths, image issues
  • Second exercise with Save As DAISY
  • DAISY Pipeline overview

Day 4, Morning Session

  • Orientation of Tobi


Converting a short document into a human voice recorded DAISY book

  • Project settings
  • Recording
  • Editing
  • Build book
  • Meta Data & Validation


Creating second DAISY Full text full audio book in Tobi

  • Audio import and synchronization with text
  • Image description workflow
  • Book finalization and validation

Day 4, Afternoon Session

  • Understanding EPUB 3


  • Using various EPUB Readers to open EPUB of different types
  • Using Tobi to create EPUB with media overlay
  • Use of TTS feature in Tobi

Day 5, Morning Session

  • Understanding DAISY fileset
  • Validators
  • Quality check, validation & troubleshooting
  • Creating distribution CDs with multiple books
  • Training Book readers for DAISY production
  • Trainees were given assignments in Obi, Save As DAISY & Tobi which they had to complete independently

Day 5, Afternoon Session

Assignment work continued

Day 6, Morning Session

  • Completion & evaluation of Final projects
  • Presentations from participants
  • Book distribution channels – (CD, Flash memory, online, take away)
  • Backup and storage considerations
  • Troubleshooting common production problems
  • Orientation of the DAISY website and technical support
  • DAISYpedia
  • Posting queries on DAISY forums
  • Joining the support mailing list
  • Subscribing to the DAISY planet for latest DAIS
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