2010 Conference: DAISY Update by Neil Jarvis
This presentation was made at the 2010 conference of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities. You can download the audio recording of the presentation below.
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Neil is Executive Director, Access Innovation & Enterprise at the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind.
He has worked extensively in the fields of adaptive technology and digital access for the past twenty years, in the UK and, since 2004, here in New Zealand. His work has been in the private, not-for-profit and local Government sectors. He also ran his own consultancy for seven years in the 1990s. Neil represents ANZAIG on the Board of the DAISY Consortium.
He is also an active user of all the technologies he talks about and promotes, and so has a vested interest in seeing the benefits of these technologies coming to fruition.
The DAISY Consortium was formed in May, 1996 by talking book libraries to lead the worldwide transition from analog to Digital Talking Books. The DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) standard was developed to provide a structured digital reading experience for print-disabled people which combines audio, electronic text and multimedia.
The Consortium’s vision is that all published information is available to people with print disabilities, at the same time and at no greater cost, in an accessible, feature-rich, navigable format.
The DAISY Consortium works closely with digital publishers to maintain the EPUB e-book standard, and has an active interest in international copyright developments. This presentation will outline recent DAISY Consortium projects including standards and software development, with particular reference to Australia and New Zealand.