[AI] Invitation to participate in the International Conference on Inclusive Digital Libraries and Information Systems

Prashant Verma pr_verma at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 13 06:23:15 EDT 2010


An international conference focusing on digital information accessibility and inclusive libraries will happen in New Delhi in October 2010. More than 50 experts from all over the world will make presentations on latest technologies, products and best practices in the field of digital information accessibility. It is a great opportunity to get updates on the recent developments and meet the leading personalities in this arena. If you are interested, please register at the earliest. The conference details are given below. 

What:                                       “Inclusive Digital Libraries” for capacity building in developing countries for making information accessible to all including persons with print disabilities.

When:                                      October 28-29, 2010 

Where:                                     Jakaranda Hall, India Habitat Center, New Delhi

 Registration fees:                    Rs. 300 only for Indian participants 

Last date for registration:        30 September 2010

Registration form:                    http://www.daisyindia.org/registrationFormTecnicalConference.doc

Conference website:                http://www.daisyindia.org/technical.html

Contact email:                         secretariat at daisyindia.org

Contact phone:                        +91 11 42411015


In today's knowledge society, the access to information is key to Socio-Economic growth. The Creation of useful and relevant content in local language is not enough. It is important that this content is presented to the end user in the format most comfortable to them. The digital technology for storage and dissemination of content is extremely dynamic and has opened up many new possibilities for making content accessible to all in their preferred format. However, convertibility, adhering to standards like the UNICODE, adaptability to various devices are the key challenges for realizing the full potential of this technology.  

DAISY Consortium was formed in 1996 and has developed standards for accessible digital content. The consortium has also facilitated development of tools for production, distribution and playback of digital content in the user preferred formats. DAISY Consortium members from all round the world
have implemented these standards to provide accessible content services in their countries and are moving steadily towards formation of global accessible digital library. Leading experts from all over the world are getting together to share their knowledge in this International DAISY Technical Conference. 


  a.. To highlight the latest developments in DAISY Standards and to understand its implications in the development of infrastructure and services for accessible content including Braille, talking books, electronic text and large print. 
  b.. To understand the usefulness of DAISY standards in designing inclusive mainstream digital publishing and libraries which are accessible to all sections of the population. 
  c.. To highlight best practices of DAISY Standards implementation for delivering books, newspapers, magazines & other publications in accessible formats to people with print disabilities. 
  d.. To understand how public information, life saving emergency information and digital libraries could be made accessible to all. 
  e.. To facilitate participation of ICT community of developing countries like India in development and implementation of global standards like DAISY. 

·         Organizations serving persons with Blindness and other print disabilities

·         Publishers

·         Government and Non-government establishments involved in production and dissemination of public information

·         Government and Non-government agencies related to standards for information and communication technology

·         ICT development agencies or companies interested in development of technology for persons with disabilities

·         Development agencies or companies involved in technologies related to content production and dissemination.

·         Agencies involved in conversion of hard copy text materials into digital formats and conversion of digital content       

Conference organized by DAISY Forum of India and Saksham Trust

Platinum partner: TCS 

Gold partners: Microsoft India, Intel India & Tech Mahindra foundation

Silver partners: Sight Savers India, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Government of India

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