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News Archive

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George Kerscher Awarded NISO Fellow for Lifetime Achievement in Information Access

Photo: NISO Fellow Award to George Kerscher 2021 Congratulations to George Kerscher, DAISY Consortium Chief Innovations Officer, for being awarded NISO Fellow for Lifetime Achievement in Information Access. George was presented with the award at NISO Plus 2021 which was attended virtually. In his acceptance speech, George said:
“it’s a tremendous honor and I look forward to the day when everything is published in way that people like me with disabilities can consume it”.
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2020 DAISY Award for Accessibility in Publishing

After reviewing many incredible activities taking place around the world which are working to advance the accessibility of publications, we are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 DAISY Consortium Award for Accessibility in Publishing is The Department of Canadian Heritage.

In 2019, Canadian Heritage announced an unprecedented initiative to encourage the Canadian book industry to integrate accessible publishing features into the production and distribution of digital books (ebooks and audio books). The program will support the production and distribution of accessible digital publications that can be used by everyone, including readers living with print disabilities. The initiative is supported by a funding program of CA$22.8M over 5 years. Canadian Heritage was recognized with this award for leading the way globally with this activity which will not only benefit readers in Canada, but also people reading Canadian publications around the world.

Richard Orme from DAISY said “We are delighted to award Canadian Heritage the 2020 DAISY Award for Accessibility in Publishing to celebrate this ground-breaking initiative which provides a shining example of how government agencies can promote and support publishing accessibility for people with print disabilities”

Congratulations to the Department of Canadian Heritage and the partner agencies implementing this wonderful enterprise.

Our thanks to Digital Book World who support the DAISY Award for Accessibility in Publishing.

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WordToEPUB Wins ALPSP Award

ALPSP Award Winner BadgeThe DAISY Consortium is proud to have been named a winner of the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2020 for our work on WordToEPUB. This ground-breaking new tool offers a free, simple and straightforward method of converting structured Word documents to valid and accessible EPUB files.

The inspiration for the WordToEPUB tool was academic publishing, and in this time of Covid, educational materials are being digitized into accessible files that are a lifeline to students with disabilities unable to study at school. WordToEPUB has revolutionized the conversion process for many users already and this award will only help to improve awareness.

ALPSP were looking for “any new development, product, service or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. The winners must demonstrate excellence in terms of originality, innovation, value to the community, utility and long-term viability.”

DAISY were short-listed alongside 7 other very worthwhile initiatives selected from a pool of 34 applicants and we wish to congratulate everyone on their achievement.

WordToPUB is the work of many volunteers around the world, and on behalf of everyone involved we extend our thanks to ALPSP for the recognition this award brings.

Details of the award and all the finalists can be found on the ALPSP Innovation Awards page.

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DAISY Publishes White Paper on the Benefits of EPUB 3

A group of professionals at a meeting table with a variety of devices open in front of them

A group of professionals at a meeting table with a variety of devices open in front of them
The DAISY Consortium has published a white paper encouraging the use of Born Accessible EPUB 3 files for corporate, government and university publications and documents. This important piece of work recognizes the work of the publishing industry who have embraced EPUB 3  as their format of choice for ebooks and digital publishing and focuses on how this same approach should be used for all types of digital content, both online and offline:

It is time for companies and organizations to consider adopting modern digital publishing standards for their document output. Reading documents digitally is the norm today and it is taking place on smartphones, tablets, and on computers….Wonderful for printing and ubiquitous, PDF can only be made accessible after time-consuming, expensive remediation has been completed.

EPUB 3 provides the opportunity to significantly improve the accessibility of digital content for all readers, regardless of ability. Its many benefits include:

  • EPUB 3 documents can be produced using existing document processes, negating the need for costly and time-consuming remediation processes.
  • All modern word processors now support EPUB 3.
  • There is a legal requirement for organizations to produce accessible documents
  • Organizations can extend the reach and read-through of their documents
  • EPUB 3 improves the reading experience for everyone. If it’s Born Digital, it should be Born Accessible

For further detail on this exciting new publication see our White Paper page which also provides links to the publication in a variety of formats.

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WordToEPUB Tool Shortlisted for ALPSP Innovation in Publishing Award 2020

The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) have announced today their list of finalists for the Innovation in Publishing Award 2020 and we are delighted to announce that the DAISY Consortium tool WordToEPUB has been shortlisted. This ground breaking new tool offers a free, simple and straightforward method of converting structured Word documents to valid and accessible EPUB files.

“Applications for the awards were open to any new development, product, service or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. The winners must demonstrate excellence in terms of originality, innovation, value to the community, utility and long-term viability.”

The winner of this exciting award will be announced in September and we would like to congratulate everyone involved in the development of WordToEPUB as well the other finalists who we are very proud to be shortlisted alongside.

Full details of the shortlist are available on the ALPSP Innovation Awards page

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Tactile Reading 2021 Conference Extended

Tactile Reading logo The second Tactile Reading event, planned for next year in Oslo, has now been extended to add a pre-conference day of workshops and demonstrations of new technology on April 28th.

The call for abstracts for the main conference which runs April 29th-30th has been extended to June 14th.

Registration will open in September.

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Free Webinars

We are happy to announce that we’re scheduling webinars on accessible publishing and reading. This is in response to multiple challenges faced by conferences around the world due to Coronavirus, as well as feedback from the wider DAISY community expressing interest in online training resources.

These webinars will be:

  • free of charge to anyone anywhere
  • run for up to 1 hour
  • have capacity for up to 500 participants to experience and interact with live
  • archived for later viewing if you missed the live session

Learn more about our webinar series including details of the next 4 sessions.

If you have an accessible publishing presentation to propose delivering as part of this webinar series please contact us with the details.

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ABC International Excellence Award 2020 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Awards who were announced yesterday.

The worthy winners are Macmillan Learning in the publisher category and Fondazione LIA for the initiative category. Both winners are applauded for their achievements in improving the accessibility of ebooks and other digital publications for people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled.

Nominees were judged on the criteria of outstanding leadership or achievements in improving the accessibility of ebooks or other digital publications for persons who are print disabled. In the past, winners have been announced at a much anticipated annual awards ceremony at the London Book Fair. Unfortunately, however, the London Book Fair was cancelled this year following the outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe and the winners were advised via email of this honour.

Read the full report on the ABC website

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New DAISY Webinars

We are happy to announce that we’re scheduling several webinars on accessible publishing and reading. This is in response to multiple challenges faced by conferences around the world due to Coronavirus, as well as feedback from the wider DAISY community expressing interest in online training resources.

These webinars will be:

  • free of charge to anyone anywhere
  • run for up to 1 hour
  • have capacity for up to 500 participants to experience and interact with live
  • archived for later viewing if you missed the live session

Register your interest to receive details of the webinar schedule.

If you have an accessible publishing presentation to propose delivering as part of this webinar series please contact us with the details.

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ABC International Excellence Awards 2020 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the 2020 ABC International Excellence Awards for Accessible Publishing have been announced and the winners will be presented at an awards ceremony on March 10, 2020 at the London Book Fair. There are two awards presented in this category and the finalists are:

Publishers Award

  • Argentina—Ediciones Godot
  • Canada—House of Anansi Press
  • USA—Macmillan Learning

Initiative Award

  • Italy—Fondazione LIA
  • Lithuania—EIFL, Electronic Information for Libraries
  • United Arab Emirates—Kalimat Foundation for Children Empowermen

Many congratulations to all the finalists who have worked so hard to improve the delivery accessible content to readers around the world. Further details about the accessibility awards can be found on the Accessible Books Consortium Website.

Full details of all the awards categories can be found at the Bookseller website and we look forward to announcing the winners here in March.

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