On June 15th at 14:00 UTC (16:00 CEST, 10:00 U.S. ET) EDRLab in France will facilitate a 90 minute webinar regarding the prospective combination of IDPF with W3C. This call will open with a brief summary of the current status, followed by open discussion and Q&A. The call will be conducted primarily in English, but questions and comments in French, German, Spanish and Italian are welcome. If you are affiliated with an IDPF member organization (including the DAISY Consortium) and would like to participate in this webinar, please contact the webinar host EDRLab to request the call-in information. More information is provided on the IDPF website.
Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Workshop in New York on June 23rd, 2016 - 9:00 AM through 12:30 PM: Join Expert Laura Brady and Learn How To Create Exceptional EPUBs. She will use the BISG Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing as the standard for proper eBook accessibility and focus on Adobe's InDesign as a starting point for EPUB, demonstrating what works well on export, and what must be edited in the code. Register and pay on the BISG website.
The Acapela Group has expanded its portfolio of voices dedicated to young people with two new French children's voices Elise and Valentin, developed in collaboration with AssistiveWare.
In France and Belgium, more than 530,000 people have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is estimated that one birth in 150 is affected by ASD and that 80% of French children with autism are not sent to school.
For World Autism Acceptance Month (April 2016), Apple released a video introducing Dillan, an autistic teenager using an iPad and an application vocalized by Acapela Group voices (https://youtu.be/UTx12y42Xv4).
Acapela vocal solutions combined with other technologies such as phones or tablets allow the development of innovative approaches to help people with specific needs access information and improve communications. More information is provided on the Acapela Group website.
Kolibre Vadelma is an embedded Linux-based digital talking book player for the Raspberry Pi platform. It uses open source software, such as the Kolibre libraries for reading DAISY books from offline sources or by connecting to DAISY Online services.
Kolibre Vadelma supports the established DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 (beta support) standards and the basic functions of the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol (DODP). Kolibre, a Finnish non-profit association, recently released a new version of Kolibre Vadelma, supporting the new Raspberry Pi 3 and it's integrated wi-fi (add your settings in the wifi.config-file).
Editor's note: Raspberry Pi 3 is of interest to technologists in developing countries. Various projects Raspberry Pi Foundation participates in support bringing computers and digital educational content to rural schools in areas without significant resources. Also, Google is reportedly working on bringing Android to the Raspberry Pi 3. You can even set up bluetooth on Raspberry Pi 3.
Read more about Vadelma 1.3 on GitHub: https://github.com/kolibre/angstrom-manifest/releases.
An updated version of the Kolibre KADOS web service, supporting the required operations in the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol 2.0.2, has also been released. Source code of the PHP module is available on GitHub at https://github.com/kolibre/Kolibre-KADOS and a demo is up and running with sample books at http://kados.kolibre.org/daisyonline2/service.php.
Kolibre Vadelma does not yet support DODP 2.0.2.
Any questions, test or bug reports, contributions and suggestions are welcome. Follow GitHub-repos at https://github.com/kolibre. Join Kolibre mailling list dev(at)kolibre.org or send an e-mail to daniel.ainasoja(at)kolibre.org.