2010 Conference: DAISY-examples of local implementations of a global standard

This was a panel discussion held at the 2010 conference of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities. You can download the audio recording of the discussion below.

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A panel of diverse, but representative DAISY producers will present a brief overview of their application of DAISY, followed by an open discussion exploring each approach and the unique experiences faced by each person.

DAISY is the global standard for accessible information. However, those that want to create it are often confused by the many possibilities and options available, and those that are already creating DAISY content are always looking for ways to improve it.

This workshop will help by highlighting a range of methods used to create DAISY content based on local needs, and provide an insight into the issues faced during implementation and how these were overcome.

Following a brief presentation from individuals and representatives of organisations that are creating DAISY content, the panel will discuss the various approaches. While the processes adopted or developed by each person may differ, the outcome is the same – DAISY content. The panel will explore these differences, what is common, and how the different approaches complement each other.

This practical workshop provides an opportunity to ask questions and learn from others. The audience will be encouraged to participate in the discussion to explore how people have applied the DAISY format in their own unique way.


Slide 1

DAISY: Local implementations of a global standard
Panel Members

  1. Phil Lawson – CBM Australia
  2. David Vosnacos – Association for the Blind of Western Australia
  3. Hiromitsu Fujimori – Plextor Japan
  4. Marianne Kraack – Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
  5. Andrew Furlong – Vision Australia

Slide 2

cbm: Together we can do more

Slide 3

Phil Lawson

DAISY Recording at CBM Australia
The CBM Audio Library is a FREE Library service distributing predominately Christian audio books and magazines to anyone with a print disability throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Slide 4

DAISY Production

  • New DAISY books
    • Studio
    • Field
  • DAISY Magazines
  • Conversion to DAISY from Analogue Masters
    • Reels
    • Cassettes

Slide 5

CBM Studio

  • CBM has a fully equipped Recording Studio setup for book and magazine production
  • Professional and Volunteer Narrators
  • Use LP-Studio
  • Engineer operates equipment, quality checks book as it is read and does the post production

Slide 6

Field Recording

  • Volunteer narrators record books and magazines from their homes in various parts of Australia.
  • Setup with a laptop, USB Microphone, headphones and USB DAISY Recording Remote
  • Process
    • Self Installing CD
    • LP-Studio
    • Book returned on USB Memory Stick
    • Post production done in studio
    • CD sent to volunteer quality reviewer
  • If OK Master file;
    • created, archived and distributed

Slide 7

Converting from Analogue

  • Load Reels onto PC (multi-track/high speed)
  • Load Cassettes using multiple decks simultaneously
  • Re-master Audio (NR, EQ, Level Matching, Peak Reduction)
  • Mark Chapters
  • Replace Announcements
  • Re-Save and add to DAISY Structure in LP-Studio
  • Mostly done by Volunteers

Slide 8

DAISY Magazines

  • CBM records a number of monthly, bi-monthly and quarterly magazines.
  • Distributed Monthly on a single Compilation Disc
  • Subjects such as Library News, Devotional, Current Affairs, Music, Christian History and Church Newspapers
  • Production varies depending on content
    • Music
    • Multiple Narrators
    • Interviews
  • Combination of LP-Studio and Multi track editors
  • Field Magazines – Similar to book production.

Slide 9

Issues Faced


  • Some magazines are date specific
  • Need to have all magazines finished at least a month early to put compilation together and get it distributed
  • Getting Print Source early enough can be a challenge
  • Borrower with MS

Slide 10


Field Recording

  • Narrators are distant – Fixing problems
    • Be available over the phone
  • Computer Literacy
    • Remove most of the technical aspects and let them do what they are good at.
  • PC Remote Assistance
  • Recording Remote Control needed as keyboard/mouse too noisy

Lessons Learned

  • Good Contact is key (personal / organisational)
  • Staged Implementation

Slide 11

For more Information

  • library@cbm.org.au
  • Free Call: 1800 678 069 (Aus)
  • PO Box 348 Box Hill Vic Australia 3128

Slide 12

DAISY in the West

David Vosnacos
Program Manager: Information Systems

Association for the Blind of Western Australia (Inc.)

Slide 13


  • In-house productions
  • Digital conversion
  • Public domain
  • Post processing
  • Miscellaneous

Slide 14

In-house productions

Review of options

  • Cubase LE
  • Book Producer
  • Audacity
  • LP Studio Pro
  • Obi
  • SigTuna DAR 3
  • Dolphin Publisher

Photo: talking book narrator in a studio.

Slide 15

Dolphin Publisher

  • Volunteer background
  • Flexibility
    • Compressed / Uncompressed
    • Volume management
  • Back up procedures
  • “Tweaks”

Slide 16

Digital Conversion

Flow diagram with three stages:

  1. Analogue Master (On demand, Analysis of requests).
  2. Graff Digitiser (High speed digital conversion to wave master).
  3. Obi (Edit and build of DAISY book)

Slide 17

Public Domain

Two flow charts

  1. Electronic source (e.g. Project Gutenberg) to Conversion (OpenOffice “Save as DAISY”)
  2. Audio source (E.g. Librivox) to Conversion (Obi).

Slide 18

Post processing

  • DAISY Pipeline
  • Audiobook Maker

DAISY Pipeline logo

Slide 19


  • Dolphin EasyConvertor
  • Microsoft Word “Save As Daisy”

Slide 20

Further Information

David Vosnacos
Program Manager: Information Systems
Telephone: +61 8 9311 8202
Facsimile: +61 8 9361 8696
Email: david.vosnacos@guidedogswa.com.au

Slide 21


DAISY in Japan
An International Perspective

Hiromitsu (Hiro) Fujimori

Slide 22

DAISY Creators in Japan

  • Braille Libraries (100 libraries)
  • Public Libraries (60 libraries)
  • Volunteer groups (20,000 people)

Slide 23


Diagram: three circles across the top of the page, one circle in the middle, and one at the bottom.

The three top circles are labelled Braille Library (DAISY Book Production), Public Library (DAISY Book Production) and Municipal Government (DAISY Publication Production).

There are three arrows pointing from these circles to the middle circle, labelled Volunteers.

The bottom circle is labelled Individuals (Translation to DAISY). There is an arrow pointing from this circle to the middle circle, labelled Volunteers.

End of Diagram.

Slide 24

Cooperation of volunteer groups

  • Share guideline information for DAISY production to keep quality level consistent
  • Share title information under production in order to avoid duplication

Slide 25

PLEXTALK Products in Japan

Production – PRS, PTR2, DR1

Personal Recording – PTP1 (Pocket)

Reading (PTN2, NetPlextalk)

Slide 26

A typical Recording setup

Photo of two women sitting at office chairs in a small room. One is wearing headphones and talking into a microphone. The other is looking at a computer screen.

Slide 27

Thank You

Hiromitsu (Hiro) Fujimori

Slide 28


Marianne Kraack
Manager, Library Collections and Access

Slide 29

We use DAISY for

  • Books: audio only or audio with full text
  • Magazines
  • A to D conversions

Photo: worker looking at a computer screen.

Slide 30

Recording with DAISY

  • 3 monitored studios
  • 3 audio producers
  • 40 narrators
  • Self-monitoring booth planned
  • LpStudio Pro / SigtunaDAR3
  • Dolphin EasyPublisher

Slide 31

DAISY with: human narration
Professional narrators are

  • familiar with recording environment
  • skilled at characterisation, foreign languages, accents, sight reading

Slide 32

DAISY with: human narration

  • enhances listening experience
  • voice quality
  • familiar voices

Slide 33

DAISY with: synthetic speech

  • indexes, reference lists and bibliographies
  • RNZFB communication to members
  • trialled magazines

Slide 34

Studio statistics

  • Approximately 130 audio titles produced a year
  • 20 magazine titles produced
  • 1100 analogue to digital conversions completed
  • 3900 DAISY titles in digital archive

Slide 35

DAISY has fans

  • Sound quality
  • Navigating sections
  • Bookmarking
  • Book information

Slide 36

Replicating the experience of reading print


Slide 37

Vision Australia DAISY Production

Andrew Furlong
DAISY Production streams

Slide 38

DAISY Production streams

  • Studio Recording – Library & Educational
  • Text Production – DAISY text (Synthetic Voice)
  • Conversion – Existing and purchased content
  • Exchange – Other DAISY producers
  • Automated Production – National Newspapers, magazines, DAISY text

Slide 39

Different standards of Production
Clients can choose

  • Premium – highest quality, contracted, exams…
  • Standard – high quality, human narrated, full DAISY structure, leisure reading…
  • Rapid – Synthetic voice, less proofing, basic DAISY structure, faster availability
  • Express – Automated, Synthetic voice, input = output, fast availability

Slide 40

Standard Studio production process

Flow diagram

  1. Electronic file from Publishers or Scan
  2. to OCR and Edit text
  3. to DAISY Structuring Source file (Transcription)
  4. to Narrator
  5. to DAISY Build & Validate (DTB Tools)
  6. to Proofing
  7. to Master
  8. to i-access server storage
  9. to either internet download to a player, or Burn CD and Pack and Post to client.

End of diagram

Slide 41

Studio Recording

  • LP Studio Pro
  • Studio Production Manager check-in/out
  • Full DAISY structure is pre-made
  • Volunteer narrators – self operate
  • 1 Producer to 2 studios (6 studios)
  • Rubberised keypad and suitable microphone

Two photos of narrators reading into microphones.

Slide 42


  • Dolphin EasyProducer, Wavlab
  • Pipeline, EasyConverter, DTB Tools
  • Custom designed tools – streamline and automation
  • Convert analog tape, CD-audio, MP3, Other…
  • Basic DAISY structuring
  • Exchanged material is ‘standardised’ and validated

Two photos of workers sitting in front of computers.

Slide 43

Automated Production

  • Date specific – Newspapers, magazines
  • i-access production manager, Newspublisher
    • Online submission of content
  • DAISY Text output
  • Synthetic voice output
  • DAISY structuring reflects input source documents
  • Fast process, scalable

Slide 44

DAISY Synthetic Voice

  • Nuance Synthetic voice – Kate & Lee
  • Lexicon – pronunciation dictionary
    • 10,000+ Australian place names
    • 10,000+ Other pronunciations
  • Quality of reading reflects input source documents
  • Balance quality with speed

Slide 45

DAISY Development

  • Synthetic Voice Lexicon
  • In-house documentation in DAISY – Save as DAISY
  • User selected ‘Multi-title’ CDs
  • Adoption of DAISY Online Protocol
    • For online distribution
  • DAISY 4
    • Braille integration
    • Mainstream compatibility
  • Obi and Tobi production tools

Slide 46

Thank You

Q & A

  • Phil Lawson – CBM Australia
  • David Vosnacos – Association for the Blind of Western Australia
  • Hiromitsu Fujimori – Plextor Japan
  • Marianne Kraack – Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
  • Andrew Furlong – Vision Australia

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