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1 DAISY 101 Gaeir Dietrich Director High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges Co-chair DAISY in Higher Ed Working Group

2 DAISY Digital Digital Accessible Accessible Information Information System System

3 What are the benefits of DAISY? Special type of Digital Talking Book (DTB) Special type of Digital Talking Book (DTB) Has structure and navigation VS a “flat” unstructured reading experience Has structure and navigation VS a “flat” unstructured reading experience Ever-expanding standard Ever-expanding standard –Now includes MathML!

4 DAISY Features Have the ability to go to specific pages and sections Have the ability to go to specific pages and sections Can add, search for, and remove bookmarks Can add, search for, and remove bookmarks Have the ability to skim the text Have the ability to skim the text Portable Portable Worldwide standard for Digital Talking Books (DTBs) Worldwide standard for Digital Talking Books (DTBs)

5 Expanding Vision DAISY is designed to incorporate new features and functionality DAISY is designed to incorporate new features and functionality Expandable Expandable –“Cheese pizza” analogy First expansion First expansion –MathML I can hardly wait for music notation! I can hardly wait for music notation!

6 Going Mainstream DAISY Standard becoming part of the ePub standard DAISY Standard becoming part of the ePub standard –Next version of ePub standard will include Once DAISY is part of ePub, we will see DAISY functionality coming on mainstream reading devices! Once DAISY is part of ePub, we will see DAISY functionality coming on mainstream reading devices!

7 Let’s get technical, technical… E-text E-text –Text a computer can read, also called electronic text, digital text (e.g., , Word docs, etc.) MP3 and WAV MP3 and WAV –Two formats for sound on the computer; MP3 is more compressed (i.e., smaller) than WAV WMA (Windows Media Audio) WMA (Windows Media Audio) –Another sound type—belongs to Microsoft TTS (Text-to-Speech ) TTS (Text-to-Speech ) –Text that is made audible by a computer- generated “voice”

8 DAISY vs. … E-text E-text –DAISY has structure: headings, pages MP3 MP3 –DAISY is navigable, bookmarkable, players remember where you left off NIMAS NIMAS –The NIMAS standard is a subset of the DAISY standard, NIMAS files have to be transformed into DAISY

9 What’s inside a DAISY? NCC Document (navigation control center) XHTMLMP3 Text Side Both Sides Synchronized SMIL Audio Side

10 DAISY 2.02 Folder

11 Please Note When loading multiple DAISY books onto a player When loading multiple DAISY books onto a player –Each book must be in its own folder –Follow manufacturers instructions When burning a DAISY book onto CD When burning a DAISY book onto CD –One book per CD –*No* folder Put book files in “root” directory, i.e., loose Put book files in “root” directory, i.e., loose

12 Stream Folder Structure

13 DAISY / NISO AKA DAISY 3 AKA DAISY 3 –Adds a bundled file of information on how the book should read Package file (.OPF) Package file (.OPF) Beginning to be implemented Beginning to be implemented –Older hardware players will need firmware upgrade

14 Where’s the text? Not all DAISY books are the same Not all DAISY books are the same DAISY will vary a bit depending on DAISY will vary a bit depending on –How it was produced –How much mark up was done by the producer

15 DAISY “Flavors” Text Only (can include graphics) Text Only (can include graphics) –Format used by Bookshare Structured Audio Structured Audio –Audio only –Format used by RFB&D Audio and Full Text Audio and Full Text –Can be created with commercially available publishing tools –RFB&D beginning to implement

16 Text Only…but It’s Audio Text Only DAISY books Text Only DAISY books –Are played with a DAISY player that has built in text to speech (TTS) Computer software, solid-state players Computer software, solid-state players –Are smaller files because they do not already contain audio Audio is BIG!! Audio is BIG!! –Can be used with whatever “voices” you have

17 Why can’t I see it? Audio Only DAISY books Audio Only DAISY books –Are usually human narration Recording of a person reading aloud Recording of a person reading aloud –Adding the text to these books requires the text and audio to be synchronized Kind of like captioning Kind of like captioning –Usually have a “navigation structure” that can be seen

18 It’s All There! Full-Text Full-Audio DAISY Full-Text Full-Audio DAISY –Has both text that can be seen and sound that can be heard –Audio comes as part of the book Do not need TTS or voices Do not need TTS or voices –Audio may be human narration or machine generated

19 Playing DAISY: in General Requires a DAISY player Requires a DAISY player Software and hardware players available Software and hardware players available –Software—free to $300 –Hardware—$195 to $995 DAISY players also play MP3 files DAISY players also play MP3 files DAISY players allow you to control speed and pitch DAISY players allow you to control speed and pitch

20 Playing the Flavors Text only Text only –Requires a DAISY player with built-in text to speech (TTS) Audio only Audio only –Human narration—no text to see –Works on any player Audio and full text Audio and full text –Speech can be human or TTS (usually TTS) –Text and graphics can be seen if there is a screen

21 Players Text Only DAISY Audio Only DAISY Audio Full Text DAISY Software players TTS “on the fly”; can see and hear text Hear audio; no text to see Can see and hear text Hardware players Requires TTS built into player (PTP, BookPort, Stream, Classmate) Plays on all hardware players Plays on all players, but can only see text if a monitor is present

22 Bookshare.org Text-only DAISY Text-only DAISY Requires player with TTS built in Requires player with TTS built in Membership free for all students and educational institutions Membership free for all students and educational institutions Software included in membership Software included in membership

23 Playing Bookshare Books Choose from Bookshare editions Choose from Bookshare editions –Victor Reader Soft Generally preferred by blind users Generally preferred by blind users –Don Johnston Read OutLoud Generally preferred by LD users Generally preferred by LD users Works on Mac Works on Mac Software “tied” to Bookshare format Software “tied” to Bookshare format –Only plays Bookshare books

24 More on Bookshare Can also play Bookshare books on some other systems Can also play Bookshare books on some other systems –OpenBook, Kurzweil 1000/3000, WYNN, Read&Write Gold –AMIS DAISY player (PC only) –AnyDAISY (FireFox 3 plug-in) Free high-quality Acapela voices to members (work with Bookshare apps) Free high-quality Acapela voices to members (work with Bookshare apps)

25 Bookshare Mobile Now offering Bookshare apps on mobile devices Now offering Bookshare apps on mobile devices –Symbian phones (not smart phone) Read2Go (almost ready) Read2Go (almost ready) –iOS –iPad, iPhone, iTouch Developing app for Android Reader Developing app for Android Reader –Will be open source ePub reader

26 RFB&D Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic –www.rfbd.org Audio-only DAISY Audio-only DAISY –Soon will have full-text, full-audio Individual memberships now free Individual memberships now free –Institutions still pay a fee Books on CD or downloadable Books on CD or downloadable

27 Various RFB&D Formats AudioPlus on CD AudioPlus on CD –Sent through mail; DAISY books AudioPlus AudioPlus –Downloadable; DAISY books AudioAccess AudioAccess –Downloadable; not DAISY –WMA with DRM

28 RFB&D AudioPlus CDs Requires RFB&D authorized player Requires RFB&D authorized player Can purchase players through RFB&D Can purchase players through RFB&D –PTR1 (PlexTalk), Victor Reader Classic CD players CD players RFB&D players can play other DAISY books RFB&D players can play other DAISY books Players have firmware upgrade from DAISY 2.02 to DAISY 3 Players have firmware upgrade from DAISY 2.02 to DAISY 3

29 AudioPlus Downloadable Requires RFB&D authorized hardware or software player Requires RFB&D authorized hardware or software player –Stream, PTP Pocket, Booksense, Intel Reader Solid-state players Solid-state players –EasyReader, Victor Software players Software players –Work with iOS Authorize players through RFB&D Web site Authorize players through RFB&D Web site

30 Downloadable AudioAccess Are not DAISY (no navigation) Are not DAISY (no navigation) –Are WMA with DRM (Digital Rights Management) Can play with Windows Media Player Can play with Windows Media Player Can play with mobile players that handle WMA with DRM Can play with mobile players that handle WMA with DRM –Zen by Creative; *not* iPod –Can be converted to MP3 (burn to CD)

31 Playing RFB&D Books Two downloadable formats Two downloadable formats –AudioPlus DAISY DAISY Requires RFB&D-authorized DAISY software or hardware Requires RFB&D-authorized DAISY software or hardware Works with iOS Works with iOS –RFB&D Audio App from the iTunes store –AudioAccess WMA files with DRM WMA files with DRM Not DAISY Not DAISY

32 Comparison RFB&D RFB&D –Free for students –Schools pay fee –Audio only –Human narration –Requires RFB&D authorized hardware/software Bookshare Bookshare –Free for students –Free for schools –Text only –Synthetic speech (TTS) –Software player comes with membership –Playable on hardware players with TTS built in

33 National Library Services NLS DAISY books will have very limited mark-up NLS DAISY books will have very limited mark-up –No page numbers –Heading level navigation Players will be free Players will be free

34 Sources of DAISY Books RFB&D RFB&D –www.rfbd.net Bookshare Bookshare –www.bookshare.org Read How You Want (for purchase) Read How You Want (for purchase) –www.readhowyouwant.com National Library Services (NLS) National Library Services (NLS) –www.nlstalkingbooks.org/dtb/ Produced on some college campuses Produced on some college campuses

35 Grow Your Own DAISYs Commercial software available Commercial software available Can begin with text and convert into Audio Full Text DAISY Can begin with text and convert into Audio Full Text DAISY Check these vendors Check these vendors –Dolphin –IRTI SADX (Save As DAISY XML) SADX (Save As DAISY XML)

36 DAISY in Higher Ed Special working group of the DAISY Consortium Special working group of the DAISY Consortium –Presence on the DAISY.org Web site –Designated consortium liaison George Kerscher, Secretary General of the DAISY Consortium George Kerscher, Secretary General of the DAISY Consortium –Direct access to information about DAISY –Conference line and discussion list –Free membership for higher ed

37 Purpose of the Working Group Feedback to DAISY Consortium on use of DAISY in higher ed Feedback to DAISY Consortium on use of DAISY in higher ed –Raise awareness of higher ed issues –Attend DAISY meetings Work with disability service offices Work with disability service offices –Provide information/understanding –Provide training materials –Simplify process

38 Web Site ed/ ed/ ed/ ed/ Resources available Resources available –General information –FAQs –Partial list of DAISY books available worldwide

39 Joining the List Send a blank to Send a blank to No need for text in the subject or body of the . No need for text in the subject or body of the . Should then receive a conformation within two days that you have been added to the list. Should then receive a conformation within two days that you have been added to the list.

40 Demo Victor Reader Classic Plus Victor Reader Classic Plus Victor Reader Stream Victor Reader Stream Dolphin Easy-Reader Dolphin Easy-Reader

41 Thank You! Gaeir Dietrich www.htctu.net DAISY in Higher Ed Web site


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