The DAISY Consortium's Newsletter - December 2014
Season's Greetings

From The Editor

The December issue of the DAISY Planet is coming to you at the close of another year. This is also the last issue of the Consortium's newsletter that I will be producing and publishing. It's time for me to step aside and make time for my husband, family and friends. The DAISY senior management team is reviewing options for the future of our newsletter. One option being considered is for the Planet to be published quarterly. The decision as to the future of the Planet will be made in the first or second quarter of 2015. With that said, let's move onto this issue and other points of interest.

There are five feature articles in this issue of the Planet. The title of the first article, DAISY CEO Designate Appointed: Introducing Richard Orme, is self-explanatory. The decision of the DAISY Consortium's Board of Directors was announced this week, and I am pleased to bring this exciting news to you.

The second article, Accessible Books Consortium: Capacity Building Projects Galvanize Local Partnerships, was submitted by Rushaine McKenzie-Richards who is with the WIPO Copyright Infrastructure Division. Highlights of ABC activities and breakthroughs in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are featured.

Availability above all! is about the Swedish DAISY Consortium (SDK) annual conference which took place in Stockholm last month. Thanks go to Maria Lundqvist, immediate past chair of SDK, for providing this article for publication in the DAISY Planet. I would also like to warmly welcome Elin Nord who is the newly appointed SDK chair.

New versions of Obi and of Tobi, the DAISY Consortium's open source content creation tools, are being released this month. Obi 3.6 was released earlier this week and Tobi 2.4.3 will come out before the close of the year. Information about both of these releases, including how they deliver advance features which have been requested by DAISY Consortium Members, is provided in the article Obi & Tobi: New Releases Deliver Advance & Requested Features.

I prepared the fifth and final article, DAISY Information Resources & Support Summary, so that you would have a current and comprehensive list of the information and support resources available through the DAISY Consortium. Links to each are included. You may want to bookmark this article so that you can get to it quickly and easily as the need arises.

Without sounding like a broken record I would like to mention the Marrakesh Treaty one last time. Early this month Uruguay was the fourth country to ratify the Treaty. There is still a very, very long way to go before it will come into force. You can follow the status on the WIPO website under WIPO-Administered Treaties/Contracting Parties/Marrakesh VIP Treaty. In this instance however, more than 'following' is needed; action must be taken. As I wrote in this column last month, "only those countries which ratify this Treaty will benefit from it when it comes into force, and, it will only come into force when 20 countries have ratified".

I read a couple of articles this month that are a wonderful illustration of how accessibility features can benefit everyone. How to Make Text Larger and More Readable on Android is addressed to anyone and everyone and explains how to make text more readable in general, and quite naturally, it goes directly to the device's Accessibility Settings. The second article How to Make Text Larger and More Readable on iPhone or iPad even includes the heading "More Options in Accessibility". So, if your eyes are tired, if you find yourself squinting at the small text, or if you have a visual disability, be sure to read these How-To Geek articles (they aren't terribly 'geeky' for those of you who are not that way inclined).

There is another TEDx Talks video that I want to share with you: Public service lawyers as pioneering advocates: Haben Girma at TEDxBaltimore 2014. Haben Girma is the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School. She is a Skadden Fellowship Attorney at Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), working to remove access barriers for people with disabilities. She was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change this year. The video was published in February this year, so you may already have caught it – if not, put it on your to-do list; you will not regret spending 15 minutes with this amazing young woman.

You may notice as you read through this issue of our newsletter that some of the regular columns are shorter than usual…things do seem to slow down somewhat in December. Nonetheless, I hope you find the feature articles and the information in the regular columns interesting and informative.

The story this month is actually my story: Lynn Leith. For years I've thought that I would like to share this with you in the last issue of the DAISY Planet that I publish. I think that even those of you who know me well will find a tidbit or two about me that you didn't already know. It is rather long, so get comfortable before you begin reading.

I will continue to provide support for the DAISY Consortium's Board of Directors next year…I just can't bring myself to step away completely! My email address will remain the same (those of you who receive the DAISY Planet email notice will have it). If you would like to get in touch with me, I'd be pleased to hear from you.

Thanks to everyone who has written to me with ideas, articles and suggestions for this issue of the DAISY Planet. Special thanks go this month to Rushaine McKenzie-Richards, Maria Lundqvist, and to Avneesh Singh who provided the information for the article on the Obi and Tobi releases.

As 2014 comes to a close and 2015 will soon be upon us, I'd like one final time to close the December DAISY Planet with what has become 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 in 2015 there are even greater advances in the efforts of our community, governments, and those in the publishing industry striving to make their publications accessible.

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

• The International Publishers Association (IPA) has released its Annual Report for October 2013 - October 2014.

• The IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum will be holding elections for the IDPF Board of Directors in early 2015.

• In the BISG Bulletin December 2014 the Book Industry Study Group welcomes the DAISY Consortium as a Reciprocal Member.

• The 30th IPA Congress will take place in Bangkok Thailand March 24 – 26 2015.

• BookNet Canada has opened registration for Tech Forum and ebookcraft 2015, an annual conference that focuses on digital developments in the book publishing industry. It is the largest tech-focused professional development event in the Canadian publishing industry. When: March 10 & 11, 2015. Where: Toronto, Canada

DAISY CEO Designate Appointed: Introducing Richard Orme

Richard Orme, DAISY Consortium CEO designate The DAISY Consortium is pleased to announce that Richard Orme has been appointed as its Chief Executive Officer. Richard will join the DAISY team in mid-2015.

The search for candidates began in June 2014; the decision of the Consortium's Board of Directors has just been announced this week by Stephen King, President, who said:

"I am delighted Richard is joining our leadership team at this exciting time, as we increase our efforts to ensure people around the world rapidly benefit from the standards, technologies and partnerships we've developed. We were looking for a proven international leader in delivering positive change for people with disabilities; Richard has an outstanding track record of delivery and partnership. His skills are a great compliment to our existing team."

Richard Orme made the following statement:

"I am thrilled to be joining the team to lead our mission to secure equal access to information and knowledge. Now more than ever the rapidly changing landscape offers huge promise. I look forward to working together with Members, Friends, publishers and other stakeholders to make our vision a reality for print disabled people all around the world."

A Bit of Background

Richard began his career providing computer training for adults and young people with physical or sensory disabilities before moving to RNIB to develop an award winning accessible newspaper service. For more than two decades he led initiatives that delivered major improvements for disabled people in access to reading, broadcasting, education and technology in the UK, and as an active participant in the World Blind Union (WBU) Technology Committee.

In 2013 Richard embarked on a number of new roles which he describes on his website. As Innovation Director at Dolphin Computer Access Ltd (a long-time Friend of the DAISY Consortium) he has been responsible for an emphasis on easy to use solutions and collaboration with library services. Richard also leads the Visionary Learning initiative for ICEVI (International Council for the Education of Visually Impaired People), which aims to use accessible technology to improve the education and social inclusion of young people with sight loss in developing countries. This initiative is a strategic partnership with the DAISY Consortium and is supported by Gordon Brown MP, UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

In addition to his formal career, Richard is an active grassroots volunteer helping people who have a disability with their computers, mobile phones, televisions and other everyday products. He also helps out at Bookshare, introducing the service to universities across the UK and promoting the use of accessible publications by university students who have dyslexia. He is a Director of the local voluntary society which provides rehabilitation and community support to blind and partially sighted people across a rural county. Richard lectures at Birmingham University on technology for children with a visual impairment, and studies at Warwick Business School. He is currently researching how technology diffusion models from business theory apply to the adoption of accessible reading technologies.

Secretary General Remains Our Lead with Standards

George Kerscher, Secretary General of the DAISY Consortium, will continue as the lead of the Consortium's standards work. He and Richard will work together closely to ensure that our mission and vision remain as driving forces. They will work with the DAISY Membership, publishers, standards organizations, government bodies and other stakeholders to make information access a reality for everyone, everywhere.

Accessible Books Consortium: Capacity Building Projects Galvanize Local Partnerships

This article has been provided by the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) for publication in the DAISY Planet.

Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) logo The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) is a multi-stakeholder partnership, comprising of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), organizations serving the print disabled, and organizations representing authors and publishers. The DAISY Consortium is among the ranks of the organizations which make up the ABC.

To achieve its goal of bringing an end to the global book famine among the world's print disabled population, ABC undertakes activities in three areas: Inclusive Publishing, the ABC international book exchange known as the TIGAR Service, and Capacity Building, to share technical skills in the production and distribution of accessible books.

ABC's capacity building activities with local organizations serving the print disabled in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, are serving as a catalyst for government entities and commercial publishers to join the efforts to increase the availability of accessible educational materials. Through generous funding provided to ABC from the government of Australia, this unique coalition is placing accessible books directly into the hands of students who have a print disability. Many of these students now have accessible books to read for the very first time.

Highlights from ABC Efforts in Bangladesh

Photo of a woman converting a book into an accessible format for university students in Bangladesh; photo credit: Young Power in Social Action In Bangladesh, ABC is working with Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), a local non-governmental organization (NGO) in Chittagong, to produce and convert accessible books. The first phase of the project, which came to an end in November 2014, saw the production of 90 accessible books in English and Bangla for visually impaired students. YPSA staff members were also trained in accessible book conversion and production by the DAISY Consortium staff in Delhi, India.

Inclusive Publishing workshop session, Bangladesh A highlight of the project in Bangladesh was a training workshop conducted on inclusive publishing for governmental and commercial publishers. Participants included representatives from the Bangladesh Government Press, the Ministry of Education, and the Access to Information (A2i) Program of the Prime Minister's Office, as well as the Ministry of Social Welfare. Also present for the training were representatives from the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), the Academic and Creative Publishers' Association of Bangladesh and University Press Limited. It was the first time a workshop of this kind was held in the country.

Following the positive outcome of the capacity building project in Bangladesh, the A2i Program of the Prime Minister's Office instructed YPSA to produce an additional 70 books of accessible educational materials for primary and secondary school students in grades 6 to 10. The second phase of the project is slated to begin at the end of 2014, and will take place over a period of six months. It is anticipated that over 10,000 visually impaired students will gain access to accessible books as a result of the Consortium's capacity building activities in the country. ABC's focal point person in Bangladesh is Vashkar Bhattacharjee. He is responsible for coordinating the training sessions and book production activities, and is elated with the progress that had been made to date. He noted that it was the first time in Bangladesh's history that accessible books were being made available to visually impaired students at the university level. Mr. Bhattacharjee, who is visually impaired himself, stated this was a feat he never imagined would be attainable in his lifetime. He also observed that it was the first time in Bangladesh there had been collaboration with the government to produce accessible books. Mr. Bhattacharjee was optimistic that his "small dream of having all children reading by 2015" was well within reach.

Highlights from ABC Efforts in Sri Lanka

Training in Sri Lanka, 2006, given by DAISY For All with representatives from numerous organizations in the country In Sri Lanka, ABC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DAISY Lanka, a local NGO that produces DAISY talking books, for a year-long project that will see to the production of 1,000 educational books in accessible formats. These books will be made available to approximately 10,000 visually impaired students. The project, which began in August 2014, is off to a promising start; DAISY Lanka has already converted over 241 titles. The Commissioner General of Sri Lanka's Educational Publications Department has also requested that DAISY Lanka produce accessible versions of their publications in Sinhala and Tamil. These books will benefit the entire population of Sri Lankan students who speak Sinhala and Tamil and are visually impaired.

Private commercial publishers in Sri Lanka are also becoming involved in the recent efforts to increase the number of accessible books in the country. Three commercial publishers have agreed to share their electronic files with DAISY Lanka to facilitate the production of their titles in accessible formats. This will be a first-time arrangement in Sri Lanka. In the absence of limitations or exceptions to national copyright legislation for visually impaired persons, permissions granted by rights' holders, or access to their electronic files, play a vital role in the conversion and production of accessible materials.

Through an agreement with the Language Technology Research Laboratory of the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, ABC has also facilitated the improvement of Text-to-Speech (TTS) software in the local Sinhala language in order to improve the accessibility of published materials in the country. The new Sinhala TTS software, which is based on existing open source software, will be developed over the next six months. Once ready, it will be made available to all visually impaired persons in Sri Lanka.

ABC Projects Going Forward

Two women using a DAISY hardware reader in India; photo credit: Photo:  Piyush Arora, National Association for the Blind, Delhi ABC is also facilitating training programs in the latest technologies for accessible book production in Nepal with funding from the Government of Australia, and India with funding from the Government of the Republic of Korea. As with the projects in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, publishers and government entities producing educational materials for schools will be trained by DAISY Consortium experts in accessible publishing techniques. Visually impaired students will also be instructed in the use of assistive technologies, as well as receive assistive reading devices for use in their studies.

It is hoped that the ABC's capacity building projects will continue to encourage the formation of partnerships between local organizations serving people who have a print disability, as well as government entities and commercial publishers, with a view of establishing a sustainable supply of locally available accessible books. ABC's goal of ending the global book famine will only be realized if there is continued joint collaboration amongst all these stakeholders.

Additional Reading

Photo Credits

Thanks go to Rushaine McKenzie-Richards for providing this article for publication in the DAISY Planet newsletter. Rushaine is with the WIPO Copyright Infrastructure Division, Culture and Creative Industries Sector.

Availability above all!

Swedish DAISY Consortium Annual Conference

This article was written by Maria Lundqvist, immediate past chair of SDK, for publication in the DAISY Planet.

Roland Esaiasson, Director General, MTM, speaking at the Swedish DAISY Consortium Conference The Swedish DAISY Consortium (SDK) invited members and others interested to the annual conference in Stockholm on November 13th-14th. The title of the conference was "Availability above all! On ways to increase access to printed information and literature to persons with disabilities". This was the sixth SDK conference and about 140 people attended for the interesting and inspiring seminars.

Markus Gylling, CIO for both the DAISY Consortium and the IDPF, speaking at the Swedish DAISY Consortium Conference From a broad perspective the conference highlighted the area of assertive technology and gave us insights into and progress through various projects and activities in Sweden and Norway. After a reflective introduction on the topic "If I had a library" given by Stina Oscarson, Markus Gylling, CIO for both the DAISY Consortium and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), provided us with the latest updates on EPUB 3 and inclusive publishing in different work areas. The presentation from the project Begripsam focused on people with cognitive disabilities and their needs in the use of DAISY/EPUB 3. This was followed by presentations from public libraries on accessibility and iPads, training of staff in talking book matters, and accessible books and media for children. Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM) a member of the Swedish DAISY Consortium, presented their new assignment for 2015 on Easy-to-Read publications, and MTM's Director, Roland Esaiasson, gave us an overview of is planned for the near future.

Øyvind Engh, Director of the Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille, shaking hands with Maria Lundqvist at the Swedish DAISY Consortium Conference On the second day of the conference we learnt more about The National Library of Sweden's plan for making e-books in the public domain available. This was followed by an overview of the new system for talking newspapers in Sweden. Øyvind Engh, Director of the Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille (NLB), gave us a presentation on their online distribution system for talking books. Anne Ljungdahl, an acclaimed school librarian, gave us her thoughts on accessible school libraries and why she became involved with talking books. The conference closed with a seminar on usability and accessibility in the ICT domain from a forum initiated by the Swedish government.

The conference was filmed and is available on the MTM website. Unfortunately, the conference was held in Swedish and Norwegian…but there are some nice pictures from the conference!

Maria Lundqvist and Elin Nord who was elected as the new chair of the Swedish DAISY ConsortiumAfter the conference the General Annual Meeting of SDK took place, and Elin Nord was elected as chair. She succeeds Maria Lundqvist, who leaves after six years as chair of SDK. Elin Nord works as librarian, chiefly supporting students with disabilities, at the Education Library at University of Gothenburg. We wish her welcome to SDK.

Thanks go to Maria Lundqvist for providing this article for publication in the DAISY Planet.

Obi & Tobi: New Releases Deliver Advance & Requested Features

The December releases of both Obi and Tobi deliver advance features which have been requested by DAISY Consortium Members. These authoring tools developed by the Consortium are open source and freely available.

Obi 3.6

Obi logo Obi can be used to produce DAISY 3 (officially, the ANSI/NISO Z39.86), accessible EPUB 3 and DAISY 2.02 digital publications with audio and structure, commonly referred to as "navigable audio" digital talking books (DTB). This software is easy to learn, highly accessible, and powerful. Version 3.6 was released this week.

Obi 3.6 is an incremental release that presents advance features requested by the DAISY Members. This release supports export of DTBs in MP4, AMR, and 3GP, audio formats which were not previously supported. It also enables integration with production management software being used by an organization (this is done using the Obi configuration file).

Other enhancements include:

Language Packs

This new release of Obi comes with Chinese language pack. Thanks go to Keny Yuen for these Obi translations.

Thanks also go to Hannu Tiihonen for updating the Finnish language pack.

Continued Development to Meet Member Needs

Obi version 3.5, the previous release of this program, marked the development of Obi into an accessible EPUB 3 production tool that implements the navigable, audio-only EPUB 3 guidelines. In the coming year the project team will focus on implementing even more of our Members' specific feature requests to make the integration of Obi into their production systems even better.

Please visit the Obi project area on the DAISY website to download Obi and for the full list of features and improvements.

Tobi 2.4.3

Tobi logo Tobi is the open source full-text and audio DAISY 3 (officially, the ANSI/NISO Z39.86) and accessible EPUB 3 production tool. This next Tobi release (version 2.4.3) will be made available before the end of the year.

The main feature in this upcoming release is structure editing, a function that has been requested by numerous DAISY Member organizations. This feature is for advanced users who have knowledge of DTBook (Digital Talking Book) and HTML 5 markup. DTBook is the XML DTD (Document Type Definition) used to markup the source content document.

The release marks phase 1 of support for structure editing in Tobi. It enables the following structure editing operations:

This new functionality is for power users with experience. Caution: If the content is edited and the markup is invalid, the project can be corrupted. Experience in markup is therefore required for anyone who uses this new feature.

Phase 2

Phase 2 implementation of support for structure editing is scheduled for 2015. Additional advancements in Phase 2 will include:

In addition to structure editing functionality, the project team will also focus on supporting the latest EPUB 3 revisions and specific features requested by our Members that will make Tobi more suitable for their production workflows.

Please visit the Tobi project area on the DAISY website to download Tobi and for the full list of features and improvements.

Thanks go to Avneesh Singh for providing the information for this article.

DAISY Information Resources & Support Summary

The DAISY Consortium makes information and support available through its website and various other channels. In summary, these resources include:

News Announcements

Information about news directly and indirectly relating to DAISY activities and the worldwide DAISY community is posted to the DAISY homepage. As new posts are added, the earlier entries move to the DAISY News page; there is also a link at the top of that page to archived news items.

DAISY TechWatch

DAISY TechWatch is the Consortium's bimonthly e-newsletter that provides a concise selection of digital publishing news. The main goal of TechWatch is to inform DAISY Members, Friends and Supporters about new e-reading technologies and related developments. There is a subscription link at the bottom of each issue.

DAISYpedia

DAISYpedia is an information resource designed to assist in and support the implementation of the DAISY Standards and accessible publishing worldwide. It is also an online how-to guide offering articles, step-by-step instructions and training materials which cover a wide variety of topics.

The four main headings within DAISYpedia are:

The most recent addition to DAISYpedia is Making publications accessible for all written by Prashant Ranjan Verma. This article contains information and links to external resources about inclusive publishing.

Forums

The subjects covered in the DAISY Forums range from general inquiries to very specific topics such as the DAISY Pipeline and Pipeline 2, Obi and Tobi. If you have a question about any of these subjects, this is the place to get an answer.

Twitter

DAISY@accessibledaisy, the DAISY Twitter feed, now has almost 4,000 followers. It is the place to go for in-the-moment updates on almost anything and everything relating to DAISY, DAISY Members and Friends, accessibility, and information bytes relevant to the DAISY community. It also includes a link to 73 photos and videos.

DAISY Consortium SlideShare

There are currently 35 presentations on DAISY SlideShare. This is an excellent resource, particularly if you have not been able to attend the events where these presentations were given.

Marketplace & Tools

The Tools & Services area of the DAISY website is a wide-ranging, comprehensive resource for information about tools and services developed by the DAISY Consortium and its many Members and Friends. The categories included are:

All newly released tools and services are featured on the DAISY homepage under the column heading "DAISY Marketplace". The most recent items display on our homepage but all of the tools and services that have appeared in this column continue to be listed on the DAISY Marketplace page.

If you have a question about a specific product and the answer is not readily available on the DAISY website, it is probably best that you contact the developer, manufacturer or supplier as your next step.

Contact Us Form

If you have a question that you cannot find the answer for, the DAISY Contact Us Form is an excellent way to get in touch with one of our experts. The online form includes a drop down list of categories so that inquiries can be automatically directed to someone with knowledge of and information about the topic.

And Even More…

Letters to the Editor

Dear Lynn,

Thanks for your work on the DAISY Planet and other publications. The November issue looks good. As I was settling down to read it, I was reminded of one issue I wanted raise about DAISY publications. Although I've been involved professionally with educational technology for almost a decade and learning disabled all my life, I've only recently learned of DAISY, so correct me if I'm wrong, but there seems to be a heavy use of acronyms (which itself is not new and to be expected in educational technology writing) without decoding them the first time they are mentioned (wherein lay the problem). For that reason DAISY articles are a good but difficult read for me. I realize I may be over sensitive to the issue because I have serious issues with short term memory and without the contextual support of early decoding, I struggle with fully comprehending the story.

Thanks for allowing readers to directly provide feedback. I'm not sure I would have dared or even bothered had you not graciously extended the invitation. I'm off to rendezvous with the DAISY Planet!

Regards,
Corey Davis
San Antonio, Texas
USA

Editor's Note: This was my response to Corey:

"Thank you for reading the DAISY Planet and for taking the time to write to me. I do try to include the full meaning of acronyms but obviously I've not been thorough enough. I've been using some acronyms in the newsletter, like WIPO for example, since 2008, and early on the full expression was given repeatedly. For those who have been long-time readers of the Planet it probably wouldn't be an issue. However, there are always new subscribers – I need to keep that in mind and also keep in mind that there are folks who have memory issues. There is a DAISY Glossary on our website and I've now added some newer acronyms that I think might be helpful. You can use the alphabetical links near the top of the page or do a search on the glossary page for a specific term. You might want to bookmark the glossary page for quick reference.

Thanks for your feedback Corey."

Dear DAISY

I am visually impaired and read via audiobooks and "voice over" apps. I have recently discovered "Open Library" and would like to take advantage of the DAISY readings. I am already registered with The Library of Congress for audiobook access. Could you please help me access DAISY on the Open Book website?

Thank you for your attention,
BG,
USA

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Dear BG,

In order to answer your question we contacted the Open Library (an initiative of the Internet Archive). There is information and instructions about accessing the Open Library DAISY collection on the Open Library help page entitled Print Disabled Books on Open Library. You should be able to find the answers to your question and more on that help page. One section in particular which specifically addresses your question is copied immediately below.

"How do I read a DAISY book using Open Library?: First, you'll need a device that can read DAISY files. There's a list of all the suitable devices on daisy.org.

There are two types of DAISYs on Open Library: open and protected. All of open DAISYs are also available in PDF, TXT, and ePub format. Anyone can access the open DAISYs by searching Open Library and checking the "Only show eBooks" checkbox…You can also browse all of these accessible books via the "accessible book" subject page.

Players which support DAISY 3 text-only books should play the open books available from the Internet Archive.

Examples of other software readers include AMIS and DDReader. AMIS is the open source software player from the DAISY Consortium - more information as well as the download can be found on the DAISY Consortium website.

DDReader, the Firefox add-on from the Dorina Nowill Foundation, is also available now.

Currently, our protected DAISY books can only be opened using a key issued by the Library of Congress NLS program. At present our protected DAISY books can be played on the Victor Reader Stream."

Please note that you can also access Open Library DAISY books using BookPort Plus developed by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). Follow the directions provided on their website at the bottom of their DAISY Online tech support page.

Hope this helps,
DAISY Team

Bits & Pieces

• The international ATIA 2015 Conference will take place January 27 - 31, 2015, in Orlando, Florida, USA. The Session Directory and Exhibitors List are on the conference website along with a link for registration and other information about the event.

Nota, the Danish National Library for Persons with Print Disabilities, has published the document Accessible e-texts: Ten guidelines for successful e-text accessibility practice. Nota's publication on good accessibility practice was developed consultation with major Danish publishers and other players in the publishing industry in Denmark. The goal is that it will foster a broader discussion on accessibility among all bodies involved in producing digital texts in Denmark.

• Information and case studies about DAISY Online access with the Victor Reader Stratus and Victor Reader Stream are posted on the HumanWare website.

• "On-air, Online" by Jonathan Mosen is available in EPUB and PDF formats at no cost. This eBook about founding and directing ACB Radio can be downloaded from the Mosen Consulting Store. A summary of the book is posted on Mosen's website

• The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has produced the video No Other Place Like It: American Printing House for the Blind which showcases product research & development, their manufacturing plant, product offerings, and more. This overview video also touches on their mission and major product & service areas. The organization is the world's largest non-profit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired. APH is a long standing Associate Member of the DAISY Consortium.

• The December 17 Eyes On Success program was about Accessibility at Google (show number 1451). Hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey talked with Eve Andersson, Manager of Accessibility Engineering at Google, about Google's efforts to make their products more accessible.

• "For me, if I could describe Text-to-Speech in one word, it would be liberating. It's a kind of freedom. I, as a blind person, don't have access always to most kinds of information that sighted people have access to. It's a kind of freedom when I know that I have access to that information." A statement by Chris Nusbaum, a 16 year old junior in high school, in the December 15 WIRED article E-Book Legal Restrictions Are Screwing Over Blind People.

• If you are interested in copyright issues and exceptions, you will want to read the article Limitations And Exceptions For Libraries, Archives And Education At WIPO: What To Know About The Africa Group Proposal (IP Watch, December 10).

• The 10th Anniversary issue of Top Tech Tidbits was published this week.

Tech Tips

• New releases of both Obi and Tobi are being made available this month. Please read the article Obi & Tobi: New Releases Deliver Advance & Requested Features in this issue of the DAISY Planet for details and links.

The Internet of Things: Opportunities to Move the Needle by Ravi Kalakota starts off just a little slowly but picks up quickly with "Creating solutions within the IoT ecosystem requires addressing several challenges related to technology and operations governance. Let's look at some of these challenges that create needle-mover opportunities." A little later Ravi deals with "Interoperability and integration: The sharing of data between a large number of devices poses a huge challenge in using this data. The lack of universally accepted standards for the interchange can make or break the deployment of effective IoT solutions."

FreeFileSync is free Open Source software that helps you synchronize files and synchronize folders for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It is designed to save time setting up and running backup jobs and is available in more than 25 languages.

• From How-To Geek this month:
° Type Faster on a Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop with Text Expansion Shortcuts: "A 'text expander' autocorrects short combination of characters you type to longer phrases. They can be used anywhere in any operating system." Information for numerous operating systems is included.
° More tips about keying faster on a Smartphone: 5 Ways to Type Faster on Your Smartphone's Touch Keyboard; find additional details about "Voice typing" in Use Voice Dictation to Save Time on Android, iPhone, and iPad.
° How to Find and Remove Duplicate Files on Any Operating System.