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DIAGRAM Advisory Board notes 1/7/13

2013 January 16
by Amaya Webster

DIAGRAM Advisory meeting recording Jan 2013
Link will take you to landing page that contains a link to the recording. Click that link and the recording will start. You may wish to forward ahead a little, as the first 2 or 3 minutes is just the sound of call participants joining the meeting. Brief written notes are below if you prefer to read rather than listen.

PowerPoints related to agenda item #4 below, Subcontract Updates: SubktUpdates_7jan13

DIAGRAM Advisory Board minutes
taken by Anh Bui, January 7, 2013

Richard Ladner
Elaine Ober
Josh Miele
Geoff Freed
Betsy Beaumon
Gerardo Capiel
Julie Noblitt
Lucia Hasty
George Kerscher
Jane Thompson
Mark Hakkinen
Mike Sharpe
Glinda Hill
Jim Downs
Madeleine Rothberg
Jim Allen
Steve Landau
Bryan Gould
Larry Goldberg
James Pritchett
Jim Fruchterman
Lore Schindler
Dave Schleppenbach
Andrew Kirkpatrick
John Gardner

1. introducing Julie Noblitt
–community manager

2. working group update
a. content working group (Lucia)
–one of the goals was a book of samples; delivered in accessible epub3 format
–working group has 3 subgroups, started on tasks a week ago; committee will meet in 6 weeks in incorporating sub group work

b. tools working group (Geoff)
–had its first meeting at end of november, developing ref implementation of tools of content model, multi modal images, and accessible math
–discuss renaming content model to something else but no decisions yet
–keeping track of tools that ppl are creating
–accessible math navigation
–next meeting will be in next 8 weeks

c. standards working group (George)
–w3c has moved forward in digital publishing space and they are holding a workshop on february 11-12 in ny, co-hosted by tools of change; 60 submissions to that; markus gylling and angela boles (bisg) are co-chairs; george has been asked to moderate a panel on accessibility; gerardo and markku will be there;
–the eternity project; on jan. 16 in belgium, targeting educational materials; looking to do standards dev for educational materials; they mention epub but they are saying not enough in it for educational metadata and for testing and evaluation; daniel weck from daisy will be attending that meeting and markus gylling will be attending to keep that work in between the guardrails; sent out notices about who is else coming
–Markku spent time talking to head of eternity effort and will share with standards working group next time
–next meeting will be after eternity meeting
–NISO annotation working group not moving forward as we need it to; doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere

d. outreach wg (Julie)
–creating set of basic talking points for all the audiences that we have
–creating basic ppt slide deck
–working group identifying the audiences members

e. math and tactile graphics working groups
–on “warm stand-by” to advise as needed;
–all members welcome to join other working groups (many have already)

3. 3+2 coming up
–taking place jan. 15 in usual room
–Betsy Beaumon and Jim Fruchterman will represent DIAGRAM, Mike Sharpe and Maureen Hawes will be there as external evaluators

4. Subcontract updates (see slide deck here: SubktUpdates_7jan13)
a. National Braille Press report is already done and on site

b. Touch Graphics: Steve Landau with Josh Miele, Lucia Hasty and Ting Siu
–image assessment tool has made progress in defining image categories to determine what needs tactile graphic and what needs description or both; Lucia has processed many images and survey tool is being created

c. ViewPlus: usability of audio tactiles
–trying to have mainstream graphics automatically accessible; make this true for things made with authoring tool
–project started in august
–first round is infographics; next round will be a series of maps of middle east
–deliberate start, some timing issues with IRB and staffing; now things are moving faster

d. WAVES: Dave Schleppenbach
–math input in learning management system environment
–problem is not limited to blind students; methods for teaching math online are different than what we use with traditional orthography (e.g., a long division problem)
–looked at algebra in late middle school through high school level
–first phase: data mining; phase 2: develop spec for math input; phase 3: develop prototype software
–average algebra course has 10 tokens that makes up 95% of curriculum
–keyboard mouse, voice, and handwriting recognition input
–develop prototype WAVES product; works pretty well for category of algebra; made it extensible and modular; don’t have to be a programmer to modify the toolbar; voice output, use of keyboard commands for all features
–desire is that publishers will migrate to mathml and lms will use the system
–in summary, we’ve learned a lot of things

e. Tactile Graphics with a Voice: Richard Ladner
–traditional tactile graphic has braille representing text
–this project creates graphic that uses printed qr codes (not embossed) instead of braille
–a lot of qr code readers are not accessible (there is no way to get help, may not use talkback technology); we’re developing better reader
–idea is not to replace braille but to provide alternative for non-braille readers; qr code take less area than braille, not proprietary; device for reading is user’s smartphone
George: If we see any public domain of math and epub3 so that reading system testing gets these materials; can we get mathml books

Dave: i might be able to get samples (george: this will help publishers help evaluate reading systems); almost all the conventional tools for creating mathml are creating poor quality mathml; there’s a lot of cleanup needed for improving that content; so there is not a good feedback loop for people who are creating it; the more we can educate ppl the better

Anh: we are working with Connexions

f. next round of subcontracts will be awarded soon. all working groups should think about what projects they’d recommend funding to achieve goals

–2 DIAGRAM panels at CSUN, one on math accessibility and one on inclusive publishing
–CSUN schedule was posted last week

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