Japan. Fondazione LIA cooperates with Keio Research Institute and APL
The E-books for all: towards an accessible publishing ecosystem whitepaper, created by Fondazione LIA will be translated and distributed in Japan. The initiative stems from an agreement signed between Fondazione LIA and the Keio Research Institute at SFC, an important Keio University’s research institute committed to leading-edge research and innovation, with Advanced publishing laboratory (APL), promoter of the adoption of open standards and software in publishing.
This collaboration is part of a broader project to raise awareness in the Japanese publishing and book sector on the importance of accessibility and follows the 2019 Act to further the improvement of reading environments for visually impaired persons, which aimed to “the realization of a society that enables all of the people to enjoy the blessings of book culture” through the development of specific measures.
The cooperation between Keio Research Institute at SFC and Fondazione LIA is part of this effort. The first step is a webinar on 18th February, which was attended by the associates of Keio Research Institute at SFC, including leading Japanese publishing groups such ad Kadokawa Corporation, Kodansha Ltd., Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc., Digital Publishing Initiatives Japan. The webinar was hold by Fondazione LIA’s experts, who provided an overview on the subject of accessibility of the publishing ecosystem and on the responsibilities of every actor in the publishing chain.
E-books for all, first published in English in November 2019, provides useful information to all publishingcompanies interested in being part of an accessible digital publishing ecosystem and it examines the roles and responsibilities of content producers, aggregators, online stores and reading solutions developers.
The whitepaper is the result of the international experience of Fondazione LIA, which has matured over the years being an active part of the working and study groups focused on developing standards for the production of accessible digital publications as W3C, DAISY Consortium, ISO and EDRLab. It is also the result of the collaboration with 76 italian publishing imprints that every day enrich the LIA catalogue of Born Accessible e-books that now include more than 26,000 accessible titles.