About Us

About Us

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The DAISY Consortium is a global consortium of organizations committed to a common Vision and Mission, which pools and coordinates resources to deliver worldwide change.

  • We contribute expertise in standards working groups
  • We develop guidelines and checklists so that best practices are clear and widely available
  • We promote reading systems that ensure the best possible reading experience
  • We support open standards and help develop inclusive publishing ecosystem for everybody

The Consortium is managed by a Board made up of representatives from all Full Member organizations. The Consortium is constituted as a not-for-profit association under Swiss law and governed by Articles of Association. We are also registered in the United States as a 501(c)3 non-profit.

We record our activities in our Annual Reports which are a great place to start if you want to learn more about our work.

Short History

The DAISY Consortium was formed in May 1996 by talking book libraries to lead the worldwide transition from analog to Digital Talking Books.

The first DAISY Format Standard was proprietary, originating in Sweden in 1994. The DAISY Specification has evolved considerably. It offers a flexible and navigable reading experience for people who are blind or print disabled in a number of countries worldwide including [among others] Sweden, Finland, France, Japan, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark and the United States.

Technology and experience in the development of the DAISY Format was then used to aid the evolution of the EPUB format, embedding accessibility features at the very foundation of this mainstream ebook format.

DAISY Members and Friends

  • Full and Associate Members are nonprofit organizations, typically national talking book libraries or national consortia of such libraries.
  • Friends include educational establishments and for-profit organizations like technology companies, and developers of production and/or playback hardware or software.
  • Inclusive Publishing Partners are organizations in the publishing sector working to embed accessibility in their mainstream practices.
  • Individuals are amazing people who generously support the work that we do.

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The consortium and its members also work in developing countries on building and improving accessible libraries, training staff and creating networks of organizations. It also seeks to influence international copyright laws and best practices to further the sharing of accessible materials.