The overall goal of this program is to make possible the continuous improvement of the design of mainstream information technology products so that they can be used by individuals with disabilities and elders, and in addition to improve assistive technology and the interoperability of AT and standard information technology.

The most recent funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR -formerly NIDRR), is focused on the first actual real-world implementation of the GPII.  Specific solutions for the problems faced by libraries that are noted above are under development in the Library GPII System (LGS) project. The LGS is a project in the Universal Interface & Information Technology Access Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (UIITA-RERC) based out of the Trace R&D Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Raising the Floor – US. The LGS will be deployed in public and university libraries.

The objectives of the LGS project are:

  • Clearly identify the objectives, constraints, resources, and organizational needs for each stakeholder in the library ecosystem.
  • Explore the ways that a cloud-based, “auto-personalization from preferences” (APfP) capability and access-technology-delivery-system of the GPII might help address these issues and maximize the resources.
  • Develop the library-specific first implementation of the GPII, tailored to needs and ecosystem of libraries. After the LGS is developed we will be quantitatively and qualitatively testing the LGS in diverse libraries to determine its viability and ability to address the issues outlined previously, and to identify any additional modifications to better meet library needs.

So far the LGS project has carried out the first round of interviews and discussions with various stakeholders in the library ecosystem and recruited development partners in higher education and public libraries. Currently, we are completing development of a first release system for installation at partner libraries; several cycles of development and evaluation will proceed throughout 2015 and 2016.

If you are interested in joining the effort or if you would like to know more about the project , please contact us at: libraries@raisingthefloor.org

The Trace Center RERC on Universal Interface and Information Technology Access is funded by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR),  US-Dept of Ed.