Achievements so far

During the last six months progress has been made in: P4A’s architecture and application developments, a standardisation roadmap, an evaluation framework for evaluation. Specifically in the last six months the latest outcomes that have been made are:

1. Talk: framework and components for low digital literacy

2. Assistant on demand service platform

3. A standardisation roadmap

4. An evaluation and technical validation framework

1. Talk: framework and components for low digital literacy

Framework and Components for Low Digital Literacy provides guidelines and a set of related HTML components that can be used to provide access to those with low digital literacy or cognitive disabilities. Designed to be used in stepping stone services that can have varying levels of complexity.

  • Provides a set of “easy access” media and communications components
  • Configurable via declarative markup and APIs
  • Support stepping stone access to allow graduated complexity of UI
  • Provides a reference for creating similar components and apps that use them
  • Allow rapid prototyping and experimentation in effective UIs
  • Compatibility with GPII automatic personalisation

Current status is a protoype of many parts in Mozilla XUL (Maavis) and the HTMLEasyOne communicator. Next steps are to setup the project in GitHub and start coding with early release in 6 months.

2. Assistant on Demand service platform

The AoD design is ready and its development has been initiated. AoD platform will exploit the P4A security and payment infrastructures and will also be connected with the crowd-funding platform. The first (limited functionality) version will be available April 2015 while the complete platform will be ready in Spring 2016.  For more information visit: http://wiki.gpii.net/w/AOD_-_Assistance_on_Demand_Infrastructure.

Screenshot of Assistant on demand online platform

 

3. Standardisation roadmap 

International standards are an important foundation for technological progress and interoperability. In order to make the GPII technology available to everyone, we need to pollinate existing and emerging international standards with the seeds of personalized user interfaces based on personal preference sets.

In general, P4A’s top-level goals are:

  1. Reuse existing standards and technologies (in particular by mainstream), wherever possible.
  2. Develop and validate new standards on GPII technologies, wherever necessary.
  3. Work towards harmonization, adoption and inclusion of the GPII standards in standardization, industry, research and governments.

Every activity for standardization within P4A will aim to one of these top-level goals, at least.

For more information visit: http://wiki.gpii.net/w/Standardization

4. Evaluation framework and technical validation

The evaluation framework is a human-centered design methodology encompassing aspects from traditional usability testing and market-oriented perspectives based on the business scenarios and demand-supply chains as defined in the economic model.  Evaluation activities will be carried out with implementers, end-users  and stakeholders, and impact assessment. Four partners will be holding test sites and allocate participants following the evaluation plan in Spain, Austria, Germany and Greece.

Diagram that explains the different components of the evaluation framework

 

Coming soon 

Partner Sensus expects to finalise a web-service interface to the RoboBraille document transformation engine that will allow for third-party system-to-system integration of digital libraries, learning man-agement systems, websites, apps and similar solutions.

RoboBraille is a web and e-mail-based service for converting documents into a variety of alternate formats including digital Braille, audio books in MP3 and DAISY format, and e-books in EPUB, EPUB3 and Mobi Pocket format. The service can also be used to convert otherwise inaccessible documents (e.g., image-only PDF-files, JPG pictures of text) and tricky document types (e.g., Microsoft PowerPoint presentations) into formats that are easier to use by print-impaired users.

… And more to come…

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