Articles, Publications, and Presentations
DAISY Open Source Projects: A greater collaboration for better production toolsAuthored 2010-02-19 by Romain Deltour
DAISY Open Source Projects: A greater collaboration for better production tools
Presented at the DAISY Symposium in Tokyo.
DAISY Demystified: CSUN 2007Authored 2007-12-31 by Lynn LeithDAISY Demystified: CSUN 2007
Why DAISY Has Been Adopted Broadly Throughout The WorldAuthored 2006-12-31 by George Kerscher and Lynn LeithWhy DAISY Has Been Adopted Broadly Throughout The World
From Print to DAISY: Striking a BalanceAuthored 2006-12-31 by Lynn LeithFrom Print to DAISY: Striking a Balance
The Essential Role of Libraries Serving Persons who are Blind or Print DisabledAuthored 2006-04-01 by George Kerscher
The Essential Role of Libraries Serving Persons who are Blind or Print Disabled
Traditionally, libraries serving persons who are blind or print disabled have had to create accessible, specially formatted materials and distribute these products to their patrons. As new technologies evolve, there is the vision of a time when materials published for the mainstream can be made accessible to persons with disabilities at the same time and at no greater cost than the versions targeted for the mainstream consumer.
Libraries for the Blind and Print Disabled Meeting: Action Items and Projects PrioritiesAuthored 2004-11-17 by George Kerscher
Libraries for the Blind and Print Disabled Meeting: Action Items and Projects Priorities
This document represents a working draft of projects and action items related to the development of a global library.
Shaping the Vision of the Global Library:Authored 2004-11-17 by George Kerscher
Shaping the Vision of the Global Library:
This document outlines the Principles to be considered in the development of a global library.
Priorities for Moving Forward with a Global LibraryAuthored 2004-11-17 by George KerscherPriorities for Moving Forward with a Global Library
Theory Behind Players and Intelligent Reading SystemsAuthored 2004-07-05 by George Kerscher
DAISY Players are different from DAISY Intelligent Reading Systems. Understanding the differences between these two concepts will help the DAISY Consortium
make strategic decisions for planning for the future.
Theory Behind Players and Intelligent Reading Systems
DAISY For All: Publishers' Collaboration Enabling Print AccessAuthored 2004-05-31 by George Kerscher and Jennifer Sutton
DAISY For All: Publishers' Collaboration Enabling Print Access
Much of the work of creating effective public policy in the technology
arena is accomplished with the help of nationally and internationally
recognized standards. The Digital Accessible Information SYstem (DAISY) is a standard that is recognized worldwide as an ideal approach to making content accessible to all. Publishers' collaboration is critical so that consumers, including those with print disabilities, can begin to experience the full benefits of the multimedia standard which was created with universal Design in mind. Published content, encoded in semantically rich XML, is the essential ingredient used to transform information into a multimedia product offering multi-sensory access to text, images, and sound. As publishers make the transition to XML-centric publishing processes, we should work together to ensure that access to information is a by-product that will easily and cost effectively be achieved in the new era of publishing.
Published works contain a wealth of information that has historically been difficult or impossible to access for individuals unable to read standard print. Now, organizations that are committed to information access for everyone and are working with publishers can effectively utilize the publisher's XML source files. These source files, in conjunction with the flexibility of the DAISY standard, enable an extraordinary level of access to both the printed word and emerging multimedia technologies that has never before been possible.
The DAISY Consortium in the year 2014 and beyond - bright prospectsAuthored 2004-05-07 by Bernhard Heinser
This was presented by Bernhard Heinser, the Treasurer of the DAISY Consortium, at the 7 May 2004 General Meeting.The DAISY Consortium in the year 2014 and beyond - bright prospects
Road Map to DAISY 3 - May 2004Authored 2004-05-01 by George Kerscher and Markus Gylling
The following paper was adapted from a slide presentation given in May 2004 at the DAISY General Meeting in Zurich. The document outlines the benefits of and process for implementing a smooth transition from the DAISY 2.02 specification to the DAISY 3, ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2004 standard.Road Map to DAISY 3 - May 2004
The Soundproof BookAuthored 2002-05-07 by George Kerscher, International Project Manager, DAISY Consortium and
Jim Fruchterman, CEO, the Benetech Initiative
The Open eBook Forum (OeBF) provides the ideal "forum" for the exploration of issues related to ePublishing. In addition to standards and growing the industry, there are issues, sometimes controversial, and often relating to various rights holders that come before the OeBF. This document will lay out the heated rights controversy concerning the use of synthetic speech -- Text-To-Speech (TTS) as it relates to the use of eBook publications by persons with disabilities.The Soundproof Book
Preview of Tobi at the DAISY2009 Technical Conference in Leipzig, GermanyAuthored 2009-09-25 by Daniel Weck
Zipped file of PDF and DTBOOK versions of OpenOffice slide presentation on Tobi.Preview of Tobi at the DAISY2009 Technical Conference in Leipzig, Germany
Copyright Exception and Trusted Intermediaries: Two Concepts that Work TogetherAuthored 2009-05-27 by George Kerscher
The concept of an international copyright exception similar to that proposed by the WBU for the WIPO meeting in November 2008, and the concept of a set of relationships between publishers and trusted libraries and organizations whose mission is to serve persons with disabilities are in perfect harmony. This short white paper will attempt to lay out the rationale and bring those that see these concepts as opposing together.
DAISY: Access to Knowledge and Information for EverybodyAuthored 2009-03-30 by Bernhard Heinser
Access to information is a right of all human beings. Technology remains capable of greatly improving condition of those who, for several reasons, can not read and "understand" a piece of information, have access to information and take part in the professional and social life. Standardization is key.
Gold to Fine Jewelry, NIMAS-DAISY, Tools of the TradeAuthored 2009-01-30 by Daniel Weck, Markus Gylling
Presentation at ATIA 2009
DAISY XML, called NIMAS in the USA, is the precious raw material needed to create accessible books and educational content. How does one take a lump of gold and produce fine jewelry? The master craftsmen from the DAISY Consortium's free open-source community will bring forward tools that can turn your NIMAS files into the best educational materials available.
Given a NIMAS file set from the NIMAC, what can be produced auto-magically? Given a Microsoft Word document created by a teacher, what can be instantly made available? Given a complete DAISY Digital Talking Book, what can I use to read it? How does open-source software help the commercial developer? Strategies, current tools, and future developments will be explained.
Plant the Right Technology: Let Your Students Bloom with DAISYAuthored 2009-01-29
1. What Do Students Need?
2. What Disability Groups Are Served?
3. Demo of Full Text and Full Audio
4. DAISY is a Standard for Educational Materials
Alternative Applications of DAISYAuthored 2009-01-01 by George Kerscher
The DAISY Standard is being adopted worldwide by organizations serving persons who are blind and print disabled. Now, the mainstream of society is beginning to look seriously at DAISY standards for a variety of applications. Here we will consider some of the new applications of DAISY and the opportunities for research and development.
Reading the DAISY WayAuthored 2006-12-01 by Lynn Leith
This is the first in a series of two articles reprinted with permission from The Communicator Winter 2006.
DAISY Consortium Strategic PlanAuthored 2005-04-17 by George KerscherDAISY Consortium Strategic Plan
Theory Behind the DTBook DTDAuthored 2001-09-01 by George Kerscher, Senior Officer Accessible Information Recording For the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), Project Manager to the DAISY Consortium
Theory Behind the DTBook DTD
In 1997 the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the USA invited the DAISY Consortium and North American organizations serving persons with print disabilities to join them in working through the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
to develop further standards for Digital Talking Books (DTB). The DAISY Consortium decided to put their expertise and experience to work on the NISO committee and develop a third-generation standard in conjunction with NLS and its partner agencies. Based on DAISY's experience building synchronized text and audio presentations, the development of a new XML DTD geared toward the conversion of print publications into a file set to support DTBs began.
Converging Standards in Electronic BooksAuthored 2000-01-21 by George Kerscher, International Projects Manager, DAISY Consortium
This document attempts to bring together philosophically and practically developers of standards for electronic books. The goal is to have a single standard that meets the needs of all. This is not to say that there must be a single, massive XML DTD that addresses everything. This document does attempt to clarify universal design goals of the emerging XML standards for electronically published materials. The standards must incorporate "Universal Design" principles so people with disabilities and mainstream individuals can use the information enjoyably and effectively. This document attempts to seek buy-in from the key players. It is simply a commitment to work together to develop the standards.Now on DAISYpedia: Converging Standards in Electronic Books
DAISY IsAuthored 2003-12-12 by George Kerscher
This paper was given by George Kerscher in Geneva at the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).Now on DAISYpedia: DAISY Is
DAISY 101Authored 2009-03-24 by Gaeir Dietrich
Overview of DAISY from CSUN 2009.Now on DAISYpedia: DAISY 101
DAISY in Higher EdAuthored 2009-03-24 by Gaeir Dietrich, Sam Ogami, Jayme Johnson
Information about DAISY: What it is.
How to use it.
Tools to play it with.
Where to get it.
Also, information about the DAISY in Higher Ed Working Group. Now on DAISYpedia: DAISY in Higher Ed
XML From DAISY Proposed For Worldwide UseAuthored 2006-08-01 by George Kerscher, Secretary General, DAISY ConsortiumNow on DAISYpedia: XML From DAISY Proposed For Worldwide Use