[accessibleimage] Stop the Presses! Poet

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  • Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:58:34 +0200


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 

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 


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.

Vennlig hilsen

Lisa Yayla
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Gamle Hovsetervei 3
0768 Oslo

Telefon 22029539

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