DAISY Consortium's Bi-Weekly News Brief - # 2013-04b

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This e-newsletter provides a concise selection of digital publishing news. Our main goal is to inform DAISY Members and Supporters about new e-reading technologies and related developments.

Upcoming Events: M-Enabling Summit, Copenhagen Roundtable & NFB Convention

The M-Enabling Summit, the Global Summit and Showcase for Mobile Applications and Services for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities, is a global event (June 6-7, 2013, Washington DC) solely dedicated to participants in the emerging ecosystem for mobile accessible and assistive technologies, applications and services. More information is provided on the M-Enabling Summit website.

Nota (Danish National Library for Persons with Print Disabilities) will host a conference in Copenhagen June 13-14, 2013 in conjunction with the DAISY Board Meeting and General Meeting. Hopefully many of you are planning to attend. We encourage you to register now and fill out the conference survey. Please consider attending the roundtable discussion "Production in a New Environment" on Saturday, June 15th, also held at the conference venue.

NFB 2013 National Convention will take place July 1st - July 6th, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. When purchased online by May 31st, the pre-registration fee for convention is $25 ($30 on-site) and the cost of a banquet ticket is $50 ($60 on-site).

What's New?: Braille Smartphone, Tactus Technology, EPUB 3 File Creation Guide and More

Milestone 312 Player / Recorder Special Anniversary Edition

Tribal DesignFor the last 10 years, Bones has improved people's lives by developing and selling the Milestone players and other products for the blind and visually impaired. Bones is celebrating this milestone with an exclusive Special Edition of the Milestone 312. It is limited to 3 x 100 units worldwide. The special edition stands out due to its unique design. The upper shells have been refined extensively with three different designs by German designer Felix Blum. The outcome features beautiful designs, which are not only visually attractive but due to a special 3D-printing process these designs are also tactile. The special coatings are produced by TopCoat, a Swiss company specialized in surface refinement.

The Milestone 312 anniversary edition comes in three designs: "Arts", "Tribal" (shown here) and "Bloom", available for viewing on the Bones website.

In addition, the Special Edition players contain more benefits: All devices come with standard features such as "Audio", "Books" and "Alarm", but as a bonus, optional applications such as "Speakout", "Radio" and "Agenda" are also included. The exclusive stopwatch feature is integrated into the "Alarm" application.

The special edition Milestone 312 can be ordered from your Bones dealer starting May 2013. If you are attending Sight City in Frankfurt, go and and check out Bones booth E14 as well as other DAISY Friends' booths.

Featured Keynote Speaker: Jimmy Wales

Jimmy WalesOn June 13th and 14th, Jimmy Wales and participants from 35 countries will join the conversation surrounding the future of publishing and accessibility at Future Publishing and Accessibility Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. For more information, or to register, visit the conference website at http://www.newpubcph.org/the-event.html.

Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales is an entrepreneur best known for founding Wikipedia, the 5th most popular website in the world. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation and is a founder of Wikia.

While Wales began his professional life in the field of finance, he also spent many hours exploring the burgeoning Internet. In 1996, Wales left the world of finance to co-found Boomis, a web portal which he described as a “guy-oriented search engine.” While Boomis was not ultimately successful, it provided the resources for Wales to pursue another idea. Remembering the days he spent as a youngster poring over copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica and World Book, Wales was inspired to recreate that experience for new generations. Wales' first effort toward creating an online encyclopedia resulted in the founding of Nupedia (“the free encyclopedia”) in 2000. Mr. Wales describes this effort: “The idea was to have thousands of volunteers writing articles for an online encyclopedia in all languages.”

With the addition of wikis (a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content), the project was dubbed “Wikipedia.” The success of the project has helped popularize a trend in web development (also called Web 2.0) that aims to facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing among users.

In 2004, Wales joined Angele Bessey as a co-founder of the for-profit company Wikia, Inc. Wikia is a wiki farm – a collection of individual wikis on different subjects, all hosted on the same website. As part of his work at Wikia, Inc., Mr. Wales is developing a human-powered search engine, Search Wikia, which will be based on the same open, transparent, community-driven principles of Wikia and Wikipedia.

“Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing.” - Jimmy Donal Wales, Founder of Wikipedia.

Thank you, Molly Stockdale for providing this overview.