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DIAGRAM Out and About: October 2012 Update

2012 October 31
by Amaya Webster

DIAGRAM Partners Speak at NISO
DIAGRAM partners from WGBH’s National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) were recently invited to present at the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Forum in Boston. The theme of the Forum on October 18 and 19 was “The E-book Renaissance Part II: Challenges and Opportunities.”

NCAM’s Geoff Freed and Larry Goldberg presented, “Born Accessible: making e-books fully inclusive from day one” to an audience of almost 100 university librarians and information managers, digital publishers and companies serving the industry through search and discovery.

Geoff and Larry provided an introduction to evolving authoring and display technologies, including mobile devices and e-readers, that provide reading experiences for people with print disabilities. The presentation included discussion of new reading systems, publishing tools and practices, the EPUB 3 standard, “smart graphics,” best publishing practices, and the DIAGRAM Content Model for accessible images. Also discussed were Federal and state requirements for accessible textbooks and relevant public policy initiatives.

The entire presentation (and all of the presentations from the two days of the Forum), will be posted at:

DIAGRAM at Frankfurt Book Fair
On Wednesday October 10, 2012 Benetech’s Director of Content Acquisition, Robin Seaman, spoke to an assemble group of about 40 attendees about the DIAGRAM Center’s work on a panel at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The session, moderated by Mark Bide of the international standards body EDItEUR was entitled, “A new market: accessible ebooks in mainstream channels”.

Benetech staff members Fred Slone and Ginny Grant  joined Advisory Board member Jim Downs to present a total of four informational sessions about the DIAGRAM Center at the 144th annual meeting of the American Printing House for the Blind, October 11-13, 2012 in Louisville Kentucky. With four talks in all, we were very excited to be able to present DIAGRAM initiatives to this very important group. Many thanks again to Advisory Board member Jane Thompson, APH’s Director, Accessible Textbook Department, for inviting us to this event.

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