Realizing the Vision for Accessible Information: The Way Forward

Original Author(s): George Kerscher

DAISY is being adopted throughout the world.


  • User requirements for the richest reading and information access experience possible drives the design;
  • DAISY builds on existing accepted non-proprietary, royalty free standards ;
  • The standards address all character sets and all languages;
  • In 1999 the DAISY 2.0 standard was released based on HTML, SMIL, and MP3;
  • While DAISY is famous for navigation of audio content, the real strength is that it is a comprehensive multimedia information system;
  • Today DAISY is the maintenance agency for the DAISY/NISO standard passed in 2005.
  • The DAISY Consortium is committed to "future proofing" our Members collections;
  • We are committed to developing standards and implementation strategies that bridge the digital divide and support all languages;
  • We all are committed to evolving the best reading experience possible for books, journals, newspapers -- all classes of information;

Validate your content to ensure it is future proof!

References: "Road Map to DAISY Implementation" and "Player versus Intelligent Reading System."

Vocabulary Terms in Our Domain

Digital Library
Static Content
digital information item
XML centrism
Producer side morphing
User side morphing

What is the Digital Library

In simple terms the digital library can be considered the storage of digital informational content and the distribution of the content through digital or physical channels.

Examples could be Google print, DAISY CD-ROM distribution, or braille delivery. However the more robust digital library should be considered.

The advanced digital library would store information objects and through processing transform the digital object into a product for the end user.

What is XML Centrism?

XML centrism is a digital item production methodology, based on the principal idea that an XML document forms the basis for many different types of products (varying along the continuum of static vs polymorphic).

  1. A DAISY software development project that has been running for approximately 2 years;
  2. Scheduled for first general release in the July/August 2006 time frame;
  3. Will contain many enhancement transformers;
  4. Targeted output formats will be included;
  5. This should launch the transformer frenzy phase!

Production side Morphing and User side Morphing

Three levels of DAISY information access centers, a case study for the future.

  1. DAISY, NRCD, CWI, and INRIA working collaboratively;
  2. Abstract multimedia data object model;
  3. Software Development Toolkit (SDK;
  4. First application due out this August/September.
  5. Project is called Urakawa.

It is important to step back, review the technological landscape, and critically analyse the technical strategy. The DAISY Consortium will call upon some of our best technical minds (20 to 30 people) to meet this Fall and help to draft a technical strategic directions document. We will be seeking input from key commercial companies: Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Sun, OASIS, and W3C.

We would like to ask:

  • Is there a need for an "audio profile", which would meet the iPod and MP3 solid state player market?
  • Would an "etext profile", which could be used for eBooks be developed that is compatible with the DAISY XML notation?
  • Are "compound documents", that bring together many different a high priority for development?

These and many more questions need to be addressed for us to move forward confidently in the complex technological future.

  • Vision of a Global Library;
  • Standards are in place today to make this happen;
  • International copyright exceptions (WIPO and WBU);
  • Purchasing content from enlightened, progressive publishers;
  • Three step test, Berne Convention section 9(2);
  • Moving forward with exchange of titles;
  • Cross catalog searching (federated searching);
  • Unilaterally moving forward;
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