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1 NIMAC Update to OSEP May 2012 Julia Myers Nicole Gaines

2 NIMAC Under a grant by the U.S. Department of Education and consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004, the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc., (APH) established the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC). NIMAC began operations on December 3, 2006 as scheduled and continues to work closely with OSEP, the NIMAS Centers, the NIMAC Advisory Council, other NIMAC stakeholders, and OverDrive, Inc., to operate and grow.

3 NIMAC Guiding Principles Certify valid NIMAS files as quickly as possible Provide a fully accessible, easy-to-use system that allows users direct access to: register and establish accounts, download files, search the database, and publishers to upload files and manage inventory Provide excellent customer service and support through email, phone, webinars, help documentation, etc. Build in sufficient processes and safeguards to protect copyright while not inhibiting usability of NIMAS file sets as source material for AIM Work to improve file quality by encouraging feedback from users and providing best practices information to publishers and vendors

4 NIMAC Overview The NIMAC is a central repository that contains NIMAS file sets. It has an automated system which allows publishers to directly upload smaller NIMAS file sets to the repository. Larger file sets are received by FTP or on DVD and batch processed and uploaded by OverDrive. The NIMAC receives the NIMAS file sets from publishers who are required to provide NIMAS files through purchase contracts with a state or local educational agency, or who submit files voluntarily in anticipation of a future contractual obligation.

5 NIMAC Overview Through an automated validation process, all NIMAS file sets are checked to confirm that they are valid NIMAS format. NIMAC staff then conducts a manual verification check of the files and metadata, and catalog the NIMAS file sets in a web-based database. Publishers receive detailed feedback and instructions regarding needed corrections if a file must be rejected. NIMAC staff follow up with vendors/publishers if files have not been resubmitted with corrections within three weeks of rejection.

6 NIMAC Certification Process File set validated and uploaded File set undergoes manual quality check/ corrections File set undergoes manual quality check/ corrections Yes File set added to NIMAC repository No Feedback provided to publisher or conversion vendor File set corrected by publisher/vendor and resubmitted Can file set be accepted ? Can file set be accepted ?

7 NIMAC Overview Publishers receive a digital certificate when a NIMAS file set is accepted by the NIMAC. (The publisher may use this certificate to verify to customers that the file set has been accepted into NIMAC, if necessary.) Finally, certified files undergo a post-certification review to ensure that no errors were overlooked in the certification review process. For last 6 months of 2011, error rate was under 3.5%.

8 NIMAC Quality Control Process Certified file QC review Certified file QC review No Process Complete Corrections verified by NIMAC Corrections made Feedback to publisher/vendor File passes ? File passes ? Yes Can NIMAC correct ? Yes No Corrections made by publisher/vendor; file resubmitted

9 NIMAC Overview After verification and cataloging, the NIMAS files are available for downloading by authorized users via an online, searchable database. While anyone may search the database, only those who have been authorized have user identifications and passwords that permit them to download the NIMAS file sets. An authorized user may convert files to fully accessible textbooks or may deliver the files to outside vendors or contractors. Accessible media producers may also register with the NIMAC to receive an account that allows them to directly download NIMAS files assigned to them within the NIMAC system by authorized users.

10 NIMAC Overview To help ensure copyright protection, and to ensure that NIMAS file sets are used only to produce textbooks in specialized formats for students, access to files from the NIMAC is restricted to authorized users who have agreed to and signed the NIMAC Limitation of Use Agreement. The NIMAS file sets also are digitally watermarked and fingerprinted. These processes permanently mark the NIMAS file set with code that identifies the user account that downloaded the file, and the NIMAC as the origin of the file.

11 NIMAC: Daily Staff Activities In addition to providing feedback to vendors and the review and certification of files sets, NIMAC staff also: –Provide information and referral to the general public, State Coordinators, Authorized Users and Accessible Media Producers –Troubleshoot problems and issues, referring users to OverDrive technical support as appropriate –Review and approve new accounts and agreements (infrequent); update account information as needed

12 Customer/Technical Support User Contacts* (Calls/Emails) October – May: Total: 157 Public:88 AMP:39 AU:30 Customer support: average 1 per day Tech support: average 1 every 2 weeks *Does not include: -File review/feedback communications to vendors/publishers -Batch delivery tracking/support to vendors (495 emails) -Account updating project begun October 2011 which involved contacting most all registered AMPs and AUs

13 NIMAC: User/System Activities NIMAS file sets are downloaded daily by AUs and AMPs AUs assign files to AMPs for download All NIMAS file sets are watermarked and fingerprinted at download SC creates AU accounts; AUs create sub accounts as needed; AMPS register with NIMAC System tracks downloads, account changes

14 March 2012 Survey of AUs/AMPs The NIMAC provided a customer satisfaction survey to users to collect information and gather feedback in these areas: –What formats are being produced by users –NIMAC system performance, use of features, and suggested system changes –Satisfaction with NIMAC and OverDrive staff support –Interest in future trainings (very high!) The NIMAC received responses from 66 AUs and 64 AMPs

15 NIMAC System: AU Responses


17 NIMAC System: AMP Responses

18 Recommended System Changes AMPs and AUs were also asked for their recommendations on future NIMAC system development. System development recommendations: –Improve system response time –Provide 10- and 13-digit ISBN search for all files –Ensure all files validate to 2005 NIMAS DTD –Provide Bookshare and Learning Ally results in NIMAC search

19 Recommended System Changes: Status Improved system response time: In progress –Addressing this issue was already underway. OverDrive will be moving NIMAC to a more robust server Searchability by 10 and 13-digit ISBNs: Under review –NIMAC is working with OverDrive to explore an automated process to supply ISBNs not provided by publisher File validation improvement: Resolved –In March 2012, OverDrive released and NIMAC announced new validation wizard with enhanced DTD feedback Unified search for NIMAC and others: Resolved –APH has implemented Louis Plus. Bookshare and Learning Ally have been invited to participate, along with AccessText Network.

20 Survey Recommendations/Comments Need for information regarding state edition classroom compatibility Need for local training on AIM and how the bigger system of AIM provision works Need for unified search of Bookshare, Learning Ally and NIMAC materials Need for information on which AMPs produce Nemeth braille Need to know who to contact if a NIMAC file will not open in Read:OutLoud and cannot be successfully converted into an EPUB

21 Notable Quotes: The Big Picture The [state] Dept of Ed people have been trying to convince districts who independently adopt to include language for NIMAC, etc – but still have some hold- outs. Please find a way to have all agencies work together to come up with a clear explanation of what each does, who it is intended for, and how to use it. There is so much confusion still about NIMAC….Each state needs a person to guide them. There is still a lot of confusion out there about what NIMAC is and how to use it. There needs to be more coordination between agencies.

22 Additional Recent or In-progress Workflow Improvements: OverDrive implemented new batch processing procedures April 1, 2012: –Upload turnaround time improved 40%-80% OverDrive to implement new delivery tracking system –Vendor procedural errors to be reduced with new system Best practices feedback (goal to provide for 10% of new submissions) –NIMAC pilot project using DAISY Pipeline Configurable Validator

23 File Quality Update 8 file quality reports since October 1, 2011 –7 issues verified in file set –1 issue of conversion software File set issues –2 pagination issues in XML –2 textual errors in XML (capitalization, typos) –1 graphic content not included in XML –OPF issues (extraneous character or line)

24 DAISY Pipeline Validator Testing In January 2012, NIMAC began a pilot project for testing certified files with the DAISY Pipeline Validator to evaluate whether this tool provides valuable feedback for vendors. (Feedback is being provided to vendors during the pilot.) Files reviewed136 Publisher imprints 46 Vendors>17 File Creation Date Range 2007-2012 (With emphasis on recent submissions)

25 DAISY Pipeline Validator Testing Results of initial 136 files: Percentage of files that generated errors 2% Files with no errors 105 Files with errors 29 Files with warning 1 Files with errors that affected HTML conversion 0 Error Details SVG "attribute" errors 4 OPF manifest formatting/file name issues 22 Other issues(extraneous css reference, etc.) 3 XML issues 0

26 Accomplishments and Statistics Downloads increasing dramatically! 80% increase in AU downloads and 43% increase in AMP downloads in 2011 over previous four years combined!

27 Downloads: Top 10 AUs October 2011 through April 2012 CSMT (California) (Paris-Salb)CAAuthorized User1,233 Indiana Center for Accessible MaterialsINAuthorized User102 Chicago LighthouseILAuthorized User79 Outreach Program NMSBVINMAuthorized User34 CA Dept of EducationCAAuthorized User33 George Mason University (Virginia)VAAuthorized User28 Ohio State School for the BlindOHAuthorized User24 Idaho School for the Deaf and the BlindIDAuthorized User23 Kansas IRCKSAuthorized User22 Anchorage School DistrictAKAuthorized User22 Wyoming Institute for DisabilitiesWYAuthorized User19

28 Downloads: Top 10 AMPs October 2011 through April 2012 BookshareAccessible Media Producer515 APHAccessible Media Producer65 APEL Education Consultancy LLCAccessible Media Producer47 gh LLCAccessible Media Producer32 Braille Access CenterAccessible Media Producer19 Learning AllyAccessible Media Producer17 Anamosa Braille CenterAccessible Media Producer10 Arizona Instructional Resource CenterAccessible Media Producer4 Oshkosh Correctional InstitutionAccessible Media Producer4 Shepherd BrailleAccessible Media Producer4 Midwestern Braille VolunteersAccessible Media Producer2

29 NIMAC UsersJan-08Jan -09Jan -10Jan -11Apr-12 States/Outlying Areas44545557 Authorized Users58105148177183 Accessible Media Producers45105135171196 Publishers49758799105 Unique DownloadsJan -08Jan -09Jan -10Jan -11Apr-12 AMPs71425157231444847 AUs294822186733756617 TOTAL36512473439651911464 NIMAC InventoryJan -08Jan -09Jan -10Jan -11Apr-12 Textbooks8682690433557737664 Consumables3131174186425002849 Supplementary Readers27537536117431380417883 Other1661171164617382277 TOTAL410012571195882381530673 Statistics: 2006 to present

30 Re-cap of Recent Workflow Improvements OverDrive new upload procedures (improvement of 40-80% in turnaround time) New Validation Wizard (ensures correct DTD, provides warning if valid but not most recent) Pilot with DAISY Pipeline Validator; providing additional feedback to vendors

31 Re-cap of Upcoming Workflow Improvements OverDrive to implement new batch delivery tracking system Move of NIMAC system to new server for better system performance Providing new webcasts to NIMAC users and publishers ALSO: NIMAC working with CIPP on performance evaluation for 3+2

32 NIMAC and Beyond: More Survey Comments I wish that the AMPs [registered with NIMAC] would specify Nemeth. Many of the AMPs are not producing materials for anyone beyond their local districts and I wish we could weed them out somehow and only locate individuals, prisons or businesses that really produce for anyone in the country. Is there a way to know if Bookshare or Learning Ally have already converted the file and have it for loan? From the NIMAC site? I think training in how to find a book that even NIMAC doesnt have and how you may get it from source [sic] that has it already.

33 NIMAC and Beyond: Leveraging Existing Solutions Louis: locate and share existing AIM from 140 agencies Louis Plus: locate NIMAS, AIM APH File Repository: share value-added electronic AIM (BRF and beyond) AMP Database: locate AMP professionals in braille, NEMETH, computer braille, music, graphics and more TGIL: share tactile graphics

34 Louis Plus Unified Search Allows single search of NIMAC and Louis. Utilizes Google Search Appliance and web service. Extensible to other repositories. Went live in July of 2011 Allows AU to go from Louis Plus search results directly to the NIMAC record for download.





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42 NIMAC Team Julia Myers, Project Director Nicole Gaines, NIMAC Manager Johanna Argo, NIMAC Support Specialist Tiffany Bradford-Oldham, NIMAC Support Specialist OverDrive NIMAC Team

43 How to Reach Us 502-899-2230 1-877-526-4622 (1-877-52-NIMAC)

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