[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Stop the Presses! Poet

Lisa Yayla Lisa.Yayla at statped.no
Thu Mar 29 06:58:34 UTC 2012


This news from Geir at Altmedia.

The Diagram Project has come with their new open-source crowd-sourcing
Image description tool, Poet. Very Cool.

They are calling for volunteers.
>From  Bookshare's blog

Volunteer for Exciting New Image Description Project!

A cutting-edge image description project is underway at Bookshare. Funded by the Leveraging Impact through Technology<http://www.bookshare.org/_/aboutUs/2011/10/litAnnouncement> (LIT) award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, this pilot project uses Poet<http://diagramcenter.org/development/poet.html>, an open-source, crowd-sourcing image description tool developed by the DIAGRAM<http://www.diagramcenter.org/> Center, another OSEP-funded project operated by Benetech and its partners. This innovative pilot project needs volunteers.

Poet makes it easy to create accessible image descriptions and add them to DAISY books. Volunteer describers log into a website, select the book they are working on, see its images, and enter descriptions for the images in the appropriate fields. They save the image descriptions with the images in the book.


The Poet image description tool was developed as an open source resource to make it easier to create image descriptions for DAISY books, and to allow crowd sourcing of image descriptions to reduce cost. The tool is used to add image descriptions to existing books and may be accessed from the Benetech hosting environment, or the code may be downloaded, installed, and managed in the user's own environment.
In order to describe images, a user must first download a DAISY book (zip) file from their digital book library. Once a book is downloaded to a local computer, the image description tool permits the following steps to be accomplished:
1.         Upload the DAISY zip file to a server which will hold the book while image descriptions are added.
2.         Add image descriptions to the book. Having the book reside on a server during processing allows multiple concurrent users to describe images as well as individuals with reduced network bandwidth to work effectively.
3.         Process image descriptions back into the DAISY book as prodnotes (will be updated to longdesc or other standard field as appropriate).
4.         Once the file is processed back to the user's computer, it may be read by assistive technology capable of voicing prodnotes.

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