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Workshop to explore the idea of developing a European/Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure

ÆGIS project participated in the "Workshop to explore the idea of developing a European/Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure", which took place at the EC Offices on 29-30 September 2010. The purpose of this workshop was to explore the NPII concept (http://NPII.org) and recent international efforts in this field and collaboration opportunities with partners in Europe who might be interested in contributing to developing such a European Public Inclusive Infrastructure.

 
NPII/GPII meetings for Europe

We would like to make you aware of a series of planning meetings and networking opportunities that are occurring at the end of this month – and the beginning of the next – and to invite you to participate as you are able.
An international consortium of people and programs has begun to form with the intention of creating enhancements to the global broadband (wired and wireless) infrastructure to facilitate access by people who would otherwise face barriers due to disability, literacy or aging.
The goal of the group is to bring together cloud, web and platform technologies to create National and Global Public Inclusive Infrastructures that could make access simpler and more affordable, while addressing the needs of groups not adequately served today. It would build up and expand what we have today and enable new types of accessibility and extended-usability technologies and services.
More information about the basic concepts and components of National and Global Public Inclusive Infrastructures can be found at http://NPII.org.
The NPII/GPII concept is not a wholly new concept. Rather, it is a combination and extension of many different existing efforts. Yet it brings them together in a way that has the potential to fundamentally change what is possible and practical.

European Organizational Meetings
The meetings at the end of this month are intended to bring together people who are interested in the concept — and in developing it within Europe. If you are interested in participating in this effort, we hope you will be able to join one of the meetings listed below.
If you are unable to attend any of the meetings but are still interested – let us know by sending an email to join@NPII.org. We will be holding a teleconference call/meeting in late Oct/November for those who cannot make any of these meetings. Also feel free to pass this invitation on to others who may be interested.

The following four meetings have been scheduled:

  • In Brussels at ICT 2010, 28 Sept. (Tuesday), 12:30 – 2:00 PM – An ad hoc networking meeting on NPII/GPII, to be held between the two networking sessions on Aging and Built-In Accessibility. Because space is limited to 25 persons, this meeting must be by invitation only, with first priority to related EC projects in the field. To indicate your interest in being part of this meeting, send an email to join@NPII.org.
  • In Beaulieu (EC Offices), 29-30 Sept. (Wed. – Thursday) – An extended meeting titled “A Networking, Exploration, and Planning Session On Development of a European and Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure” will provide a longer working period to explore a collaborative European effort in this area.
    This meeting will begin on 29 Sept. at 2:00 PM, ending at 7:00 PM. It will continue on 30 Sept. at 9:00 AM, ending at 6:00 PM.
    The European Commission has provided a venue for the meeting at their Beaulieu offices in Brussels.
    This will be an open meeting. Anyone who is interested in working toward a European and or Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure is invited.
    For security reasons, registration is required. The deadline to sign up is 21 Sept.
    To register, send an email to join@NPII.org with: (1) your name, (2) company or organizational affiliation, and (3) email address. Indicate your desire to attend the 29-30 Sept. meeting. [Note: we understand that due to travel arrangements - not everyone will be able to attend both days.]
    We are exploring the possibility of participation in the meeting by phone. If you cannot attend in person, but wish to participate by phone, please send an email to join@NPII.org with your request to be included by phone, if it becomes available.
  • In Madrid at Technosite, 5 Oct. (Tues.) – A workshop at Technosite will consist of a presentation followed by discussion.
  • In Seville at AEGIS Conference, 7-8 Oct. (Thurs.-Friday) – The AEGIS Conference will feature a keynote presentation of the NPII concept and roadmap. There will be opportunities for informal networking, with the possibility of a “birds of the feather” meeting sometime during the conference.

There will also be a teleconference late in October or November for those who are interested in working toward an NPII or the GPII, in Europe – (or elsewhere in the world) – but are unable to participate in one of the meetings listed above. Please indicate your interest in participating in such a teleconference by sending an email to join@NPII.org.

 
The Dasher project is supported by the AEGIS project

Dasher is an information-efficient text-entry interface, driven by natural continuous pointing gestures. It is a competitive text-entry system wherever a full-size keyboard cannot be used - for example,

  • when operating a computer one-handed, by joystick, touchscreen, trackball, or mouse;
  • when operating a computer with zero hands (i.e., by head-mouse or by eyetracker);
  • on a palmtop computer;
  • on a wearable computer.

The eyetracking version of Dasher allows an experienced user to write text as fast as normal handwriting - 29 words per minute; using a mouse, experienced users can write at 39 words per minute. It can also be used to write efficiently in any language.

The Dasher project is supported by the Gatsby Foundation and by the European Commission in the context of the ÆGIS project.

For more information, visit the Dasher website.

 
odt2braille v0.0.2 released

odt2braille v0.0.2 was released and is available via http://odt2braille.sf.net/downloads.html. Release notes are available on the same page. The user manual can be accessed in several formats at http://odt2braille.sf.net/support.html.

 
Odt2daisy used by altTEXT portal

Odt2daisy (developed with the support of the AEGIS project) is being used by Dedicon (Dedicon Netherlands, Accessible Information for People with a Print Impairment) to convert text to Daisy format via their conversion portal altTEXT. altTEXT allows information distributors to easily and quickly transform their information into a format that is accessible to everyone. Using this service requires no technological knowledge, nor is it necessary to obtain any additional computer programmes

 
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