The DAISY Consortium's Newsletter - December 2012
Season's Greetings

From The Editor

This issue of the DAISY Planet is being published a week earlier than is the norm, and, perhaps because it is December, there has not quite as much activity to report as there sometimes is. As a result, this issue is somewhat shorter than most – which should mean you can get through it rather quickly!

So much has happened in 2012 that it would be impossible to summarize even just the highlights in my year end note to you. In some ways we have made great strides in our efforts to bring about access to information for everyone, everywhere, regardless of ability or disability.

Over the past four years I have reported on the outcome of the WIPO/SCCR meetings. As of this week, it does appear that the decision coming out of the WIPO Extraordinary General Assembly is favourable at long last (please read the lead article in this issue Landmark WIPO Decision: Will 2013 be the 'Year of the Treaty'?). The processes and outcomes of WIPO/SCCR (Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights) meetings have been reported in the DAISY Planet newsletter, beginning in October 2008 with the article WIPO Treaty for Equitable Information Access. Over these four years Chris Friend has provided input for or written articles about these meetings for the DAISY Planet. After 44 years working with Sightsavers International in many different roles, Chris is retiring at the end of this year. Chris, thank you. I'm sure you will enjoy your well-deserved retirement years. (I understand that Chris will continue his work as Accessibility Chair WBU Global Right to Read Campaign, so he will not 'disappear' completely.)

The article Future Publishing and Accessibility Conference in the November DAISY Planet was an introduction to what is sure to be a wonderful learning and sharing opportunity for everyone who attends. The Conference website has been updated and now also includes a video introducing the city of Copenhagen and a message about the Conference from Michael Wright, Director General of Nota and DAISY Board member.

New WBU (World Blind Union) International Officers were elected at the WBU General Assembly in Bangkok last month. Congratulations to go Mr. Arnt Holte, President (Norway), Dr. Fredric Schroeder, 1st Vice President (USA, Mr. Enrique Pérez, 2nd Vice President (Spain), Ms. Rina Prasarani, Secretary General (Indonesia), Mr. Ajai Kumar Mittal, Treasurer (India), Ms. Maryanne Diamond, Past President (Australia). I hope to publish Ms. Diamond's 'story' with an issue of the DAISY Planet in early 2013.

In January the DAISY Consortium is launching a new publication: "DAISY Tech Watch" which will be made available to the DAISY membership every two weeks. Its main purpose will be to inform DAISY Members about new e-reading technologies and developments. Our new e-newsletter will provide a concise selection of digital publishing news with related links; DAISY Tech Watch will complement the DAISY Planet Newsletter.

Some truly wonderful and inspiring people have written their 'stories' for publication with the DAISY Planet this year. One of the stories was from Nancy and Peter Torpey who host the interview program 'ViewPoints' which now has a new name: Eyes On Success. I truly enjoyed meeting them and bringing their story to you.

The DAISY stories provide insight into the lives of people we might not otherwise have ever come to know. Thank you so much for your time and for sharing your unique experiences.

The 'DAISY Story' this month is from Kevin Carey, Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Kevin has a passion for problem solving and is passionate about accessibility – particularly about braille. Thank you Kevin for finding time in your incredibly busy schedule to share your story with us.

I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed articles, provided suggestions and sent emails of support over the year. Your ongoing input helps me to provide our community with the information it needs to remain up to date on issues of importance and interest.

As 2012 comes to a close and 2013 is about to begin I can think of nothing better than to return to what now seems to be my 'standard' year end message:

December is a time of reflection for some of us, a time when we are even more grateful for the love our families and friends share with us, a time when we open our hearts to others who may not be as fortunate as we are. It is a time for giving and for remembering those who are no longer with us or who are unable to be with us for whatever reason. I would like to send a special thank you and good wishes to each one of you.

Let us hope that 2013 is indeed the 'Year of the Treaty'.

Lynn Leith
Editor

DAISY Marketplace

The following links are to new or recently updated DAISY Products and Services from our Members and Friends. Marketplace entries also appear on our home page.

The DAISY Marketplace

Publishers' Corner

• eTernity (European Textbooks Reusability Networking & Interoperability) is a new initiative from CEN Workshop on Learning Technologies. The project aims to bring together European stakeholders in education: developing a common vision, frameworks and specifications for e-textbooks for educational purposes to fulfill educational requirements for e-textbooks as a channel for creating interactive, adaptable, personlizable resources to improve learning, education and training. The project launch will take place January 16 in Brussels, Belgium. EPUB 3 is one of the potential candidates being considered. Details on available on the eTernity website.

• Publishers and organizations which have recently signed the TIGAR Fast Track Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) are announced on the WIPO VISION IP TIGAR Project website. Most recently Penguin UK (a leading international publisher), Young Power in Social Action, a Trusted Intermediary in Bangladesh, and Pearson Education Limited have signed on. (TIGAR is the acronym for Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources.)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is an EPUB 3 Media Overlays read-aloud eBook that is available as a free time-limited download (170MB). (The webpage is in Italian with a translation button at the top of the page.) It is produced by the same Italian production house (Smuuks.it) that offered a free download of "The Divine Comedy" EPUB 3 read-aloud eBook (read the November DAISY Planet Publishers' Corner column for information and links). Registration, which is easy and quick, is required.

• The FUTUREBOOK Digital Innovation Award, best technology innovation award went to the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) for EPUB 3. Mark Marjurey, commercial director, digital, at Taylor & Francis said:

"Over the last ten years publishers have been beset by the challenges of developing e-book content fragmented across various proprietary formats and devices. EPUB 3 finally delivers us an open standard with which we can foster interactivity, enhanced content, full accessibility for the visually impaired, and begin to tackle the vagaries of device incompatibility. From authors to publishers to readers, this is something we can all get behind." (Announced on The BOOKSELLER website December 4. Additional details are also provided on the EDItEUR website).

Mark Bide, Executive Director of EDItEUR and newly elected member of the IDPF Board accepted the award on behalf of the IDPF.

A-Z of eBook Sales – ePub 3.0 by Catherine Twibill posted on the ePubDirect website describes EPUB 3, its capabilities and features, and discussed the issue of reading devices having to catch up with implementing many of it features. Ms Twibill also states "ePub3 will also be better at integrating the current DAISY accessibility standards, to help make reading devices of greater usefulness to visually impaired readers."

• The article Kobo to Fully Support EPUB 3 by Third-Quarter 2013 also makes several interesting points about EPUB 3 adoption, publishers and eBook readers, including: "What's at stake for publishers and the entire publishing ecosystem is interoperability of files. If EPUB 3 becomes a standard that a majority of retailers representing a majority market share of ebook sales and readers adopt the standard, that would simplify ebook production and distribution for publishers. It would also theoretically allow users to buy a file from one retailer and use it on the device of another."

• The Digital Book World Conference + Expo will bring together over 1,000 publishing professionals focused on developing, building and transforming their organization to compete in the new digital publishing environment. Information about the conference which will take place January 15-17 in New York, including a registration link, who should attend and why, is provided on the conference website.

e-Books and Accessibility Conference: Ugly Duckling or Adolescent Swan? will take place February 13, 2013. This one day conference is organized by EDItEUR, JISCTechDis and University College London. "For library and disability staff it's a chance to be inspired by new opportunities and empowered to influence change. For publishers it's an opportunity to understand an increasingly significant issue for education, see how others have responded and work out how to better target and market your products."

Landmark WIPO Decision: Will 2013 be the 'Year of the Treaty'?

It has been more than four years since the incredible commitment, hard work, lobbying and collaboration began to bring about an international treaty that would improve access to copyrighted works for visually impaired persons and persons with print disabilities around the world. On December 18 at the WIPO Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA), its Member States made the decision "to convene a Diplomatic Conference on limitations and exceptions for visually impaired persons/persons with print disabilities to be held in June 2013. (A Diplomatic Conference is the highest level of negotiations in the UN system.) The mandate of this Conference is to negotiate and adopt a treaty on limitations and exceptions for visually impaired persons/persons with print disabilities." [Source: WIPO press release, December 18]

In that WIPO press release Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General stated: "Member states took an important decision today in our collective efforts to facilitate access to copyrighted works by the visually impaired and persons with print disabilities", adding "The future treaty will improve access to published works for millions around the world."

WIPO EGA Outcome: Analysis

Dan Pescod, Vice Chair of the World Blind Union's Right to Read Campaign, and International and European Campaigns Manager for the Royal National Institute of Blind People has provided an overview and analysis of the EGA and its outcome. He was of course present at the meeting:

"The WIPO Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) met on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th December. On the nature of the law for print disabled people that it has been negotiating, a subject of hot debate and argument for years, it agreed that this will be a treaty. That's great news.

The EGA also agreed that there would be a special WIPO SCCR session in Geneva February 18-22 to work further on the detail of the treaty text.

The EGA further decided that there could be -if needed- more meetings to get the text ready before June. However, the aim is clearly to get the text almost finalised in February to increase the chances of success in the Diplomatic Conference in June.

Crucially, the EGA agreed that there would be a "Diplomatic Conference" to conclude the treaty, to be held in Marrakech, Morocco, between June 16 and 30, 2013.

This is a great result from the EGA as far as WBU (World Blind Union) is concerned, and it is a landmark decision for WIPO too. Never before has WIPO agreed to have a Diplomatic Conference to conclude a treaty for users' access. It has always made treaties to strengthen the protection of intellectual property for publishers, authors or holders of patents etc. That is of course a main reason that the campaign for this treaty has been so hard-fought.

The EGA decision also means we are now into the last six months of work (if all goes well) before the treaty campaign is completed.

Nothing of course is straightforward in this battle. The EU was pushing for the EGA decision to have a "kill point" after the February 2013 SCCR meeting. That provision would have meant that if it were deemed at the end of the February meeting that insufficient progress had been made with the text, WIPO member states could have pulled the plug on the whole process and avoided holding the Diplomatic Conference. The final EGA decision largely closed out that possibility...

In the next couple of months WBU will have to step up its campaigning to ensure that the treaty text is really workable. It needs to be simple and clearly worded so that it can be easily understood. It must not heap administrative burdens on the "Authorised Entities", many of them DAISY members, which hope to use the treaty to send accessible format books across national borders."

The Decision

There are 5 points in the WIPO Extraordinary General Assembly Decision. The first point (quoted in the first paragraph of this article) is what those who are advocates for equitable access to information around the world have been working toward. If it stopped there, there would be no room for doubt or to wonder what exactly the outcome of the Diplomatic Conference will be. However, it is not yet a 'done deal'; as Dan Pescod has explained, there is still work to be done before an international treaty that enables the cross-border exchange of accessible format materials is in place.

The complete text of the decision is given at the bottom of the WIPO press release. A slightly simplified and abbreviated version of points 2 to 5 is as follows:

A Very Significant Milestone

Maryanne Diamond, leader of the WBU Right to Read Campaign, and immediate Past President of the WBU is quoted in the WBU press release as follows:

"The decision of the WIPO Extraordinary General Assembly today is a very significant milestone on the road to a treaty. It means governments have kept the work on track to agree a binding and effective treaty in 2013, which if completed would allow blind people to access many thousands more books. The work is far from over, though. We urge all parties to now negotiate a simple, binding and effective treaty. A good treaty will really help us to end the book famine in which only some one to seven percent of books are ever made accessible to us."

The Words

A great deal of time and energy have gone into getting the wording of the treaty right, having wording that all involved parties are willing to accept. And even now, with a Diplomatic Conference called, there is still work to be done on the 'words'. They need to be simple, they need to be acceptable to the groups advocating for the Treaty and also to the rights holders and the groups representing the rights holders.

Francisco Martínez, DAISY Board member representing the Spanish National Organisation of the Blind (ONCE), wrote in his note to the DAISY Board about the outcome of the meeting this week:

"This is a very important milestone in our fight for the rights of blind and VI persons. We are not there yet, and there's a lot of work ahead of us in these (hopefully) last six months before Morocco, but we have all achieved something that was repeatedly presented to us as simply IMPOSSIBLE. We just need a final push to make this 'impossible' treaty a reality."

It is certainly possibility that 2013 will be the "Year of the Treaty"!

Resources & Additional Reading

Special thanks go to Dan Pescod for providing information and views on the outcome of the WIPO EGA.

Links to video interviews, statements and blogs from the 2012 WIPO Extraordinary General Assembly, December 17-18, are provided on the Knowledge Ecology International website (KEI). Included in the YouTube interviews are statements from Francis Gurry and Dan Pescod. The interviews were done following the decision.

JOINT STATEMENT on the WIPO instrument on copyright limitations and exceptions for persons with print disabilities, September 2012, posted on the IP Watch website: "The undersigned NGOs, representing creators and rightholders from the creative industries in developing and developed countries around the world, respectfully call on WIPO Member States to subject their support for a possible international instrument on access for persons with print disabilities to essential conditions required in order to improve access to books for persons with print disabilities in harmony with and without prejudice to the existing international copyright framework."

DAISY Consortium Authoring Tools: Obi 2.5 and Tobi 2.0

New Releases of DAISY Open Source Software

New releases of two distinct authoring tools developed by the DAISY Consortium are available this month. Obi and Tobi share a common codebase, reducing development costs and improving development efficiencies. Input from the DAISY membership and community around the world is essential for the Consortium's tool development, and many of the changes in these releases, both features and bug fixes, were based on feedback and suggestions they have provided.

Obi 2.5

Obi logo Obi is a free audio book authoring software application that produces digital talking books (DTBs) conforming to DAISY 3 and DAISY 2.02 Standards. It is an easy to use and fully accessible DAISY production tool that requires minimal training. Because it is an open source project, the software is available to everyone at no cost. It is designed to be used by a wide audience, ranging from large scale production houses to individuals such as teachers, support teams and end users themselves. It is released under the LGPL license; the source code is available for anyone to use, modify and/or redistribute.

DTBs produced with Obi are DAISY structured audio books – including the rich navigation for which DAISY books have become known around the world along with the audio of the book content.

New Features in Obi 2.5

Several significant new features and fixes are introduced in V2.5, including a feature that many people have been asking for over the years: skippable structures. With this feature the end user can choose to skip over content such as footnotes and annotations. This functionality is of particular importance in textbooks and also in non-fiction books such as biographies, providing users with the same ability to skip over time consuming content that may not be required or desired reading, and return to it later for in-depth study as needed.

The main objectives in the development of Obi 2.5, in addition to the implementation of skippable structures, are:

Obi 2.5 can be downloaded from the download page in the Obi area of the DAISY website. More information about these new features is provided in the Obi 2.5 release notes. Please also read the Obi main page for additional information about Obi's Benefits and Features.

Tobi 2.0 also Produces EPUB 3 'Read Aloud' Books

Tobi logoTobi, an authoring tool for DAISY 3 full text and audio books, is now also an EPUB 3 'read aloud' book authoring tool. Content produced with Tobi includes both the audio and full text of the publication, and provides the rich navigation for which DAISY books are known. Version 2.0 will be released later this month. The features listed here will be included in this new version.

Tobi supports live voice recording (human narration), waveform editing, text synchronization and much, much more.

New Features and Improvements in Tobi 2.0

This release makes Tobi one of the earliest authoring tools providing a workflow for producing EPUB 3 media overlays enabling the production of 'read aloud' books. With Tobi EPUB media overlays can be produced from EPUB 3 text-only content and HTML 5 files.

Tobi development has also focused on support for STEM content (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), with pioneering efforts in full-text, full-audio image descriptions. V2.0 includes added support for MathML, making Tobi a leading STEM content authoring tool. The new features in this release bring improved efficiency and usability based on the input of Tobi users around the world.

The main objectives in the development of Tobi 2.0, in addition to the implementation of workflow supporting EPUB 3 media overlays and added support for MathML are:

You will be able to download Tobi 2.0 from the download page in the Tobi area of the DAISY website before the end of 2012. More information about these new and updated features is provided in the Tobi change log.

Tobi Vision and Mission

'Thank you' from the Obi/Tobi Team

The Obi and Tobi team and the DAISY Consortium wish to thank each person, organization and company that has provided input for the development of these software authoring tools. Your continued testing, input and bug reports help them to bring ongoing software improvements to you.

PLEXTALK®/Shinano Kenshi Wins the Prime Minister's Award

PLEXTALK logo and several PLEXTALK DAISY players and recorders Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd., the parent company of PLEXTALK®, and the developer of the very first DAISY player prototype, has received the Japanese Prime Minister's Commendation of Cabinet Office, Barrier-Free Universal Design Contributors Awards for 2012. The award was presented at the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo on December 5.


First prototype PLEXTALK DAISY player The award was established in 2002 by the Japanese Government to promote barrier-free universal designs to enable all citizens to enjoy its social activities safely and comfortably. Shinano Kenshi was recognized for its contribution to the self-reliance and independence of individuals who are blind or have a visual disability. PLEXTALK® Digital Talking Book players and recorders comply with the DAISY format and enable participation in social activities, learning and employment opportunities. Shinano Kenshi has developed and produced DAISY players since 1993.

"We are very honored to receive this award. We would like to share this honor with all the libraries for the blind and the volunteer organizations that have supported us to promote DAISY books to the visually impaired throughout Japan and the world." [Shinya Kanai, General Manger of Assistive Technology Products Business Unit of Shinano Kenshi]

The history of Shinano Kenshi and its commitment to DAISY are outlined in the company's "DAISY story". Additional information about the award is provided in the press release.

NFB Protests Amazon for Accessible Kindle eBooks

Approximately 100 people, many of them members of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), gathered in front of Amazon's headquarters in Seattle to urge the company to make its Kindle e-books fully accessible to students who are blind or have a visual disability.

The protest at Amazon was a well-organized "informational" event with all participants marching in a pre-defined area. A permit for the protest had been requested and received, and music which has been described as "inspirational" was played throughout the gathering.

Some of the key people present were former New York Governor David Paterson (the second blind governor of any state in U.S. history), Dr. Marc Maurer (President of the NFB), Mark Riccobono (Executive Director of the NFB Jernigan Institute) who served as master of ceremonies for the protest, and Dr. George Kerscher (Secretary General of the DAISY Consortium and President of the IDPF).

Many people stepped up to the microphone during the two hour event. One of the highlights was when Dr. Maurer and a few other key NFB officials carried letters to the company's front desk, asking Amazon to make the Kindle accessible. The letters were addressed to Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon. At one point one of the activists who was wearing a Grinch mask and costume pretended to be Jeff Bezos while the Christmas song You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch was broadcast over speakers for all to hear.

Additional Information & Resources

In the YouTube video Kindle Books vs. Accessible E-Books Demonstration Amy Mason, an Access Technology Specialist with NFB, shows how Kindle materials are inaccessible as compared to accessible options (iBooks and Blio) on an iPad 3.

Note: In the Seattle Times article Visually impaired protest at Amazon it stated that although Amazon spokesperson Leslie Letts declined to comment on the protest, she "referred to an announcement that Amazon made last week, highlighting the addition of two accessibility features to its standard-definition Kindle Fire and 7-inch HD tablets. Both additions promised to improve navigation for visually impaired customers." Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Kindle, said that "the company planned to 'deliver additional accessibility features,'". However on Wednesday critics maintained that "they had no assurance their concerns were being addressed."

Thanks go to George Kerscher for providing some of the information presented in this article. The Seattle Times article also served as a resource.

Free 3-month Bookshare Membership for WBU-ICEVI Attendees

Bookshare is offering a 3 month free membership to individuals with a qualified print disability who attended the WBU-ICEVI General Assemblies in Bangkok. The offer is available to those who are not currently Bookshare members and has a limit of 10 book downloads per month.

Bookshare logoTo take advantage of this offer which ends December 31, 2012:

(The 3 month period begins from the sign up date.)

Dear DAISY

[This inquiry was posted to the DAISY General Forum.]

I am wondering if anyone knows of a way to create full text, full audio BILINGUAL DAISY book (synthetic voice). In my experience, there doesn't seem to be a way to switch voices throughout a document, and a full text/ human voiced book doesn't make a lot of sense, economically.

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You can configure the DAISY Pipeline for multi language support. This will allow you to convert a DTB XML file with content in more than one language to a TTS narrated DAISY book using the Narrator script in the Pipeline. Read the Narrator script documentation, in particular see the section Support for multi-language TTS configuration.

Bits & Pieces

• The final Tech Doctor podcast of 2012 is a discussion about accessible electronic books. Links to the podcast, apps and resources that are discussed in this podcast are provided on the Tech Doctor website (links to archived podcasts are also given). The apps and resources that are discussed are:
· Barnes and Noble Nook App
· Podcast demonstrating Nook app with VoiceOver
· Apple iBooks
· BookShare
· BookShare Read 2 Go app
· Hims Home Page
· National Library Service BARD site
· Amazon Kindle Keyboard
· Audible Home Page
· Audible iOS app

SaySo from Dolphin Computer Access Limited is a reading and writing tool for people with dyslexia. Information and testimonials are available on the Dolphin Computer Access website and on the SaySo YouTube video.

• Bookshare has thousands of books about computer science for aspiring computer scientists, computer science majors and engineers, covering all levels from beginner to expert. Information about books in this category in the Bookshare collection, including links potential titles of interest, how to use the advanced search and success stories is provided in the Bookshare Blog Bookshare Supports Computer Science Education posted December 11.

M-Enabling Summit 2013, a Global Summit for Accessible Mobile Technology for Seniors and Users of All Abilities, will take place June 6 and 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The Summit is a joint program of the G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs) and E.J. Krause and Associates (EJK), in cooperation with ITU (International Telecommunication Union) and FCC (Federal Communications Commission) More than 600 participants from at least 40 countries are expected to attend.

Nota (Danish National Library for Persons with Print Disabilities) has introduced a new Danish synthetic speech voice called Martin that will be used by Nota in 2013 to produce the audio for newspapers and magazines.

• Elaine Ober, a member of Pearson's Higher Education division, posted a guest blog on the NFB website, asking for input from people who use their accessibility products. Details and contact information are provided on the NFB AT (Assistive Technology) blog.

• A YouTube video of Swedish Children's books in EPUB 3 format is presented (in Swedish) by the TPB team. A question and answer period follows the presentation.

eBooks: Great Expectations for Web Standards – A W3C Workshop on Electronic Books and the Open Web Platform will take place February 11-12, 2013, New York, USA. This workshop which is hosted by O'Reilly and organized in partnership with IDPF and BISG will bring together major players of the eBooks market, including publishers, standardization organizations, booksellers, accessibility organizations, etc, to bring eBook publishing to its full potential through standardization.

• The 28th Annual CSUN Conference will take place February 25 to March 2, 2013. Speaker Registration has opened and the deadline for Speaker registration at the regular rate is Wednesday, January 2, 2013. (Speaker registration is not permitted after January 11, 2013.) Conference registration for attendees will open Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

• Call for papers for a Symposium on Disability, Technology and Rehabilitation in Low and Middle Income Countries, June 27 & 28, 2013, Seattle, Washington, USA, is open until January 15. "The primary goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers, clinicians, consumers, consumer led organizations, technology developers and providers, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders who focus on improving and increasing access to technology and rehabilitation products and services with the goal of ensuring full inclusion and participation for people with disabilities in low-resourced communities in low and middle income countries." Full details about this symposium which is organized by the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, are available on the Symposium website.

• The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) major traveling exhibit, explores education for people who are blind or visually impaired through the lens of social activist and author Helen Keller. The exhibit – Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired – explores four primary subjects: "Reading, Science, Math, and Geography. Using Helen Keller's educational journey as a lens, the exhibit uses tactile reproductions and authentic artifacts to uncover the roots of modern education for children with vision loss." "Child in a Strange Country" is fully accessible and is designed for small museums, library galleries, and blindness agencies. Full details are provided on the exhibit website.

Accessibility Camp Missoula 2013 will take place Saturday March 9, 2013 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Montana (MOLLI). The goal of this conference is to raise awareness about accessibility related topics and issues in Montana. Details are provided on the "Camp" website which is launched and being updated as additional details become available.

• The deadline for submission of nominations for the first Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards is January 22. These awards will identify and recognize contemporary members of the global disability community who through their actions and achievements have, are or will profoundly impact the quality of life of people with disabilities. Full details are available on the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards website.

IMS Global Learning Consortium: The IMS Accessibility project group focuses on adaptation or personalization of resources, interfaces and content to meet the needs of individuals. The group believes that the best way to make a system or resource accessible to an individual is by meeting that individual's particular needs at that time, in that context. Doing so not only decreases exclusion, it also increases usability for everyone. It is an effective way to meet legal accessibility requirements in many jurisdictions and has many business advantages for expanding the market of potential customers and users.

Tech Tips

• Obi 2.5 was released earlier this month and Tobi 2.0 will be released before the end of the year. Please read the article DAISY Content Creation Tools: Obi 2.5 and Tobi 2.0 in this issue of the DAISY Planet for details about new features and fixes. Download Obi 2.5 and/or Tobi 2.0 from the Obi and Tobi web pages on the DAISY website to meet your production requirements. Tobi now also supports EPUB 3 eBook production with audio.

XML Prague 2013, a conference on XML and data on the web, will take place February 8 – 10 at the University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic. Registration is open until January 27. Romain Deltour, Software Developer for the DAISY Consortium, will present the paper "XProc at the heart of an ebook production framework: The approach of the DAISY Pipeline project".

• A video of an open source Raspberry Pi DAISY talking book hardware player being developed by Assistive Technologies Laboratory at Curtin University is posted on YouTube.

What Is Open-Source Software and Why You Should Care from How-To Geek.