Enabling Technologies Framework Project
The mainstream production of accessible publications requires standard technological processes and systems. Particular concern must be given to approaches that will work internationally, and especially in the developing world where publishers do not often have the financial means to convert either their processes or systems. WIPO can be instrumental in ensuring that standards are developed at an international level to meet global needs. It can also ensure that their use is promoted in developed and developing countries.
In 2010, the Stakeholders' Platform (SP) tasked the Technology Subgroup (TS) of the SP with creation of an enabling technological framework to increase publications accessible to people living with print disabilities. The TS had sought total funding of 225,000 Euros to support this three-year work. The money enabled the two key international standards bodies working in this area to focus dedicated resource to supporting the work of the SP. Accordingly, a three-year pilot project called Enabling Technologies Framework (ETF) Project was launched in July 2010, with a targeted completion date of July 2013.
The standards bodies are the DAISY Consortium and EDItEUR. These two bodies are complementary - DAISY focuses on the development and promotion of standards and technologies which enable equal access to information and knowledge by people with print disabilities; EDItEUR focuses on the development, promotion, and implementation of electronic standards throughout the publishing supply chain.
The main deliverables of the ETF project so far include, inter alias:
- a guidelines document entitled "Accessible Publishing, Best Practice Guidelines for Publishers". Developed by EDitEUR, these guidelines highlight issues for publishing accessible books;
- the first set of on-line learning modules on the issues regarding preparation of accessible materials and related matters;
- electronic publication version 3 (ePUB 3) specification developed by the DAISY Consortium incorporating accessibility requirements for producing digital accessible books;
- a tool set developed by the DAISY Consortium facilitating the transformation of materials from normal print to accessible formats.
All of above are being adopted by the publishing industry, standardization bodies and the VIP community.
The project is managed by a Project Management Team consisting of:
- Andrew TU (Principle/Overarching Project Manager), World Intellectual Property Organization
- George KERSCHER, the DAISY Consortium
- Mark BIND, EDitEUR
A Steering Group, established in May 2012, provides guidance to the future work of ETF project.
The members of the ETF Steering Group as of May 2012 are:
- Rainer JUST, VG WORT
- Bill MCCOY, International Digital Publishing Forum
- Edward MCCOYD, Association of American Publishers
- Pedro MILLIET, Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind
- Ronald SCHILD, MVB Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels GmbH
The ETF Steering Group was renamed as Inclusive Publishing Working Group in November 2012. Pedro MILLIET serves as the Coordinator/Co-chair of Group since February 2013.