Category: Education, Assistive Technology,
Organization name: DAISY Consortium Members in Collaboration with DAISY Friends
Launched Date: 2015-06-09
Who has created it: Varju Luceno
Problem statement and how the Accessible Innovation solves the problem.
High costs related to producing and delivering CDs with accessible content. Reaching people in remote locations or those who are home-bound.
Goal was to extend the useful life and investment in CD / DAISY players and improve user experience.
Tell us who is the target audience and how the accessible innovation will benefit them. Please specify the different target audiences groups and provide numbers and statistics of your current clients as well as what is the potential number of people that the innovation can impact and empower:
Audio books have been around for a long time, but they reached their full potential for the visually impaired individuals thanks to the DAISY format. DAISY books allow navigation, browsing, skipping and other features that make the reading experience equal or even superior to reading printed books.
With the advent of online DAISY players and the establishment of the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol, online reading is the next innovation for digital talking books. With the help of the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol, you can listen to your favorite audio publications online - including newspapers, novels, magazines or study books.
The DAISY Online Delivery Protocol is a web service Application Programming Interface (API) that facilitates the delivery of digital content from service providers to end users. People can use any device they choose to consume digital content - from specialized players to smartphones and tablets.
Currently the DAISY Online Delivery protocol distributes publications in accessible formats to approximately 1 million people worldwide, more information is provided at http://www.daisy.org/accessible-media. In Canada alone, an estimated amount of people with print disabilities is 3 million and they all can get access to digital content distributed by this protocol.
How is the accessible innovative solution different from current practices or ways of solving the problem?
Online reading is fast, convenient, flexible and cost-effective. Advantages for readers / content consumers:
- Books are always at hand without the hassle with CDs.
- New versions are delivered automatically.
- Read and navigate faster than digital content on CDs.
- You choose how you access online libraries: on your computer, DAISY player, tablet or smartphone.
Previous solutions (DODP Version 1) had flaws that are now resolved in Version 2, approved June 9th, 2015:
- Improvements in communication to support low bandwidth connections (e.g. mobile cellular data).
- Remote reading system configuration.
- Support for packaged and partially packaged content (including EPUB 3).
- Clarification and optimization of functions for greater consistency.
- Many more enhancements.
How is the accessible innovative solution new, different or unique in terms of the technology or implementation?
Advantages for content producers and distributors:
- No need for CD-based production and distribution.
- Online service does not interfere with existing systems.
- Determine what to deliver, to whom with what subscription policy.
- Library support (lending / returning).
- Can be integrated with existing online catalogue.
- Deliver content in different formats, including DAISY and EPUB 3.
How do you get the innovative solution to reach the target audience? Please elaborate on the your go to market strategy and which geographies do you currently work in and what are your future plans for marketing your innovation.
Example: Vision Australia (VA) developed an innovative solution by using 3G (wireless broadband) Internet technology and their existing PLEXTOR Linio DAISY players.
Vision Australia sourced the online hardware and manufactured the specific components not available for purchase. Together with Optus, telecommunications provider and Shinano Kenshi (PLEXTALK), they created a seamless working solution. Version 2 of DAISY Online Delivery builds on this solution.
What is the potential impact of the innovative solution on the lives of the target audience? Please elaborate by providing statistics of the current impact and the potential impact.
DAISY Online Delivery is implemented at libraries serving the blind, visually impaired and print disabled patrons. When publishers implement new versions of the EPUB standard, and with support from the accessibility industry reach a point where most e-books are "born accessible", we will see a growing number of people shifting from talking books to enhanced e-books. We’ll also see a higher interest in reading as the whole reading experience will be designed to include those who have problems reading regular printed materials.
Consequently, the DAISY Online Delivery Standard will also evolve and allow the distribution of these new enhanced accessible adaptive e-books. Opportunities then are limitless from education to leisure reading to scientific books.
Increased independence. better access to information. People can now get information immediately wherever they are on a device they are happy to use. The systems that support DAISY Online Delivery provide immediacy and increased access to digital content including newspapers in addition to immediate delivery of important alerts.
Stories of how the Innovation has touched lives.
Thanks to an online talking book player developed by Vision Australia, Lesley McEwan reads more than sixteen books per month. Lesley has poor sight due to cataracts. She also has type-two diabetes and a heart condition that limits her mobility. “I really enjoy receiving audio books from Vision Australia. With the new player, I just have to call and they are automatically downloaded. It is much faster than waiting to receive CDs in the mail,” says Leslie. Her player connects directly to Vision Australia’s i-access© online library to access the wide range of books, newspapers, magazines and other topical information.
The device is simple to use and the user does not need their own computer or Internet connection. “With the majority of our clients being older and with difficulties accessing content on the internet, we needed to develop a solution that would provide online access to a greater variety of information in a user friendly and effective way,” says Andrew Furlong, Technology Support Manager at the Vision Australia Library. “The 3G solution means that people can now get information immediately wherever they are on a device they are happy to use,” he added.