Providing BC Educators with Alternate Format Materials for their Students with Perceptual Disabilities

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:57 PM

The Accessible Resource Centre – British Columbia (ARC-BC) is a collection of alternate format materials of recommended resources for the British Columbia K-12 curriculum that serves every school district in the province.

ARC-BC is managed by the Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI) and works in consultation and partnership with BC school districts, other alternate format producers, and publishers to provide recommended and requested materials in a timely manner.

ARC-BC collects, produces and distributes high quality digital and alternate format materials for use by students with perceptual disabilities as a service to BC school districts. Educators in all school districts are able to search this online repository or "digital library" to find and download alternate format resources related to the BC curriculum.

By providing alternate format versions of the standard print materials used in the BC curriculum in a centralized, coordinated and secure manner, BC educators are able to quickly locate and acquire the alternate versions needed, without having to scan and edit the materials while ensuring they adhere to copyright law.

Andornot worked with ARC-BC staff to specify, design and develop the first version in 2008. Numerous changes and enhancements have been made every year since, to improve workflow and resource access for users and ARC-BC staff.

The public face of the site gives participants a fast and flexible search, a shopping cart for downloads, and a personal area to manage their account profile, search alerts, and download history. Digital resources can be downloaded in a variety of formats for students with perceptual disabilities, and participants have the opportunity to improve the collection through the submission of new or improved material.

On the admin side, the site features online data entry with advanced file upload, user account administration, and site activity reporting.

From a technical perspective, the system consists of a .NET web application and MS SQL back-end, as well as full text searching using Apache Lucene.

Contact Andornot to discuss development of custom applications such as this.

New Inmagic Product Roadmap Webinar on May 21st

by Jonathan Jacobsen Friday, May 10, 2013 8:51 AM

Want the latest on new and upcoming releases for the Inmagic product line? Register below for an interactive session, where Phil Green and Dave Golan of Inmagic will give you a sneak peek at Presto v4.2 (which includes new faceted search and permissive dates capabilities), answer questions about DB/TextWorks v14 and WebPublisher PRO v14, and give you an idea of what's on the company and product horizon.

There will be two sessions: one at 11 a.m. Eastern and one at 5 p.m. Eastern. Each will last approximately 45 minutes and will include ample time for questions, feedback and input on future releases.

Register for the 11 a.m. Eastern webinar.

Register for the 5 p.m. Eastern webinar.

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