Introducing Sugamya Pustakalaya: New Accessible Online Library

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1. Introducing SUGAMYA PUSTAKALAYA Dipendra Manocha President, DAISY Forum of India 2. CHALLENGES ã 53 lakhs Visually Impaired (Census 2011) ã 1.2 crore Print…
  • 1. Introducing SUGAMYA PUSTAKALAYA Dipendra Manocha President, DAISY Forum of India
  • 2. CHALLENGES • 53 lakhs Visually Impaired (Census 2011) • 1.2 crore Print Disabled Visually impaired + Learning disabilities + Physical disabilities that impact reading of normal print book • Only 50,000 reached By all government and non-government libraries and accessible book services and struggling just to provide basic text books to school students • <1% books available in accessible formats Less than 1 % of published materials in India ever get converted in format that persons with print disabilities could read themselves) • TTS available for few languages only Good quality text to speech is available only for English, Hindi, Tamil and kannada languages on Windows computers. On Android it is available for Hindi and Bengali languages only. • OCR available only for Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Kannada (software to scan books)
  • 3. DAISY FORUM OF INDIA • Network of stakeholders • Mission: End book famine for persons who cannot read regular print • Government organisations, not for profit organisations, educational institutions, public libraries and Disabled People’s organisations are decision makers and form the national vision and mission of the DFI • Technology education institutions, research institutions are development partners • International organisations, CSR wings of corporations and publishers join as supporters to implement vision and mission of the DFI by supporting or developing products and services.
  • 4. COMPONENTS OF HOLISTIC SOLUTION • KIT: Assistive technology and reading equipment required to read accessible format books • CARRIER: Distribution system and infrastructure that can reach out to persons with print disabilities • CONTENT: Production of accessible format books IN SUPPORT WE NEED • Training to end users, VI organisations, libraries and publishers • Enabling laws and policies • Solutions to fill technology gaps
  • 5. GOALS FOR 3 YEARS • Ten lakh persons with print disabilities should be able to get or retrieve books of their own choice in their language and read them with eyes, ears and fingers in all states and union territories of India • All text books of all classes in all Indian Languages of school will be available in accessible e-text, audio and readable in braille on first day of new batch • Three books for every paper of university syllabus will be available in accessible e-text format from all major publishers. • Top 1000 Indian best seller inclusive of Indian Language books will be available in accessible format • Top 100 newspapers or periodicals are available in accessible and easy to read format even for senior citizens
  • 6. SUGAMYA PUSTAKALAYA CONTENT DELIVERY • Directly connected to the Kit in the hands of the user that includes computer, tablet, smart phone, DAISY player, braille display and braille printer • Support multi-mode delivery to address diversity • Capability to accommodate intermediaries such as public libraries, university or school libraries, ICT service centres for last mile connectivity with end users
  • 7. SUGAMYA PUSTAKALAYA CONTENT COLLECTION AND CONVERSION • Collection of all books that are available today in accessible formats • Connectivity with other national and International resources for accessible books with legal compliances and copy protections and safeguards for digital content. • Capability to receive content feeds from publishers and deliver the same to users in accessible format of their choice.
  • 8. PARTNERS • Department of empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Government of India • 129 stake holder organisations from all over India registered as members of the DAISY Forum of India • Bookshare, the largest international online database of accessible digital books • Powered by TCS Access∞
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