DZB - A German Library for the Blind Goes Digital

  • Thomas Kahlisch
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2398)


The paper describes our approach to turn the talking book production of DZB, the oldest library for the blind in Germany, into the digital world. The digital world for blind and visually impaired persons has a common name: DAISY (Digital Access Information System) is a standard and technology, which has to be developed, as a powerful tool, to produce accessible multimedia documents [1].

In a five-year time frame, DZB turns the production, archival and distribution process into a high technology level. The presentation describes:
  • How we will convert analogue tapes into a digital format [2].

  • How staff members learn to produce digital magazines and to structure books.

  • What kind of equipment is necessary in this process?

The main focus of this work is, to improve the access for blind people to information and provide them, with new technology, which is designed for all.


Archival System Blind People Signal Tone Digital World Blind User 
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  1. 1.
    DAISY — Digital Access Information System. URL:
  2. 2.
    Kahlisch, Th.: Turning 100 titles into the DAISY format. DAISY Technical Conference, Los Angeles, March 2001 URL:
  3. 3.
    Ulrich Jander: LOUIS (Leipziger Online Unterstützungs-und Informationsservice für Sehgeschädigte), URL:

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Kahlisch
    • 1
  1. 1.Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde zu LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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