Unified (Federated) Listing validation procedure

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This page is used to work at the "validation procedure" that will be followed to store information on AT product in the Unified Listing database (also known as Solution Registry). The figure below shows where the validation procedure fits in the connection scheme between EASTIN and the GPII Unified Listing.

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1. Who will do the validation

validation is not completely automatic, it must be done by a human aided by automatic functions. He/she must be an expert in ICT assistive technology products; he/she should have a deep knowledge of the AT products available on the market (ideally have used most of them or have the possibility to test them in a Laboratory)

2. Steps of the validation procedure

the results of the query (i.e. the data retrieved form EASTIN) are analized by the validator that has to:

  1. decide what products are of interest for GPII unified listing (according to Inclusion/exclusion criteria described below)
  2. find out duplicated products (aided by automatic functions)
  3. information of duplicates is merged into one record (automatic procedure) that will include:
    • all the commercial names (alias)
    • all the manufacturer names (In principle only one manufacturer name should be present for a product. Anyway there might be the case of products whose manufacturer is not easily identifiable (in case of open source software for example)).
    • all the ISO codes
    • all the images
    • all the text descriptions
    • the sum of the detailed information
  4. Validator reads the merged information and, if needed, completes the data
  5. Validator adds settings for the product (automatically if the product is Cloud4all compliant??)

3. Inclusion/exclusion criteria

In the GPII Unified Listing only part of the product records coming from the EASTIN databases will be included. The general inclusion criteria is the following: Assistive Technology (AT) products that enable accessibility and usability of mainstream ICT products and services by addressing and overcoming deficiencies in the design of ICT that pose barriers for people with a disability. This definition is taken from the following document: Deloitte (2010): Inception-Internal market for inclusive and assistive ICT, targeted market analysis and legislative aspects”. European Commission  Directorate General for Information Society and Media (Study SMART 2008/0067). 

This definition excludes 1) ICT based AT products for independence in daily life activities not connected to the use of ICT products and services (e.g. a voice output communication aid, an electronic memory aid, a bar code reader with voice output, …) 2) ICT Products for training in skills (e.g. software for training in reading or writing). It must be noticed anyway that many of such products can be used for multiple purposes (e.g. the software “the grid 2” manufactured by “sensory software” is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication software that can also be used to simplify access to some of the functions of the computer). Since we want the Unified Listing to be as comprehensive as possible, all products that can also be used as solutions for accessing ICT products and services (even if their main function is different) will be included in the Unified Listing.

The first filter for retrieving only ICT assistive products from the EASTIN databases (that also includes other kinds of assistive technology products such as products for personal mobility, products for personal care, …) will be based on the ISO 9999 classification. Products belonging to the following ISO 9999 codes will be retrieved:

ISO code

Title

Definition

221224

Word processing software

Software for writing, organizing and storing text, including mathematical and scientific notation, e.g. desktop publishing software, word processing software made for alternative control or accessories for word processors; Included are, e.g., software for using Braille.; Office software and industrial software, see 28 21 12

221821

Decoders for videotext and text television

Devices for translating videotext into artificial speech and decoding spoken output to provide video captions; Excluded are speech recognition systems.

222112

Face-to-face communication software

Software for producing messages for direct communication; Included is, e.g., embedded software that facilitates face-to-face communication.; Word processing software, see 22 12 24; Browser software and communication software, see 22 33 15

222406

Telephones for mobile networks

Included are, e.g., car telephones and portable short-range telephones and hands-free models and camera-equipped models.

222424

Telecommunication and telematics software

Software for verbal and visual communication between computers via the computer network; Included are, e.g., Internet Protocol (IP) or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony (IP) software.; Face-to-face communication software, see 22 21 12

222715

Calendars and timetables

Devices for storing and organizing data on planned activities; Included are, e.g., special calendar software.; Office software and industrial software, see 28 21 12

222724

Monitoring and positioning systems

Devices for observing the status or location of a specific situation or a person; Included are, e.g., global positioning systems (GPS)

223003

Reading materials with audible output

Media for storing written data to present it in spoken form

223306

Portable computers and personal digital assistants (PDA)

Computers that can be powered with batteries and thus can be used anywhere; Included are, e.g., computers in combination with mobile phones such as smartphones.

223312

Operating software

Office software and industrial software, see 28 21 12

223315

Browser software and communication software

Included are, e.g., software for SMS, WAP and e-mail.; Face-to-face communication software, see 22 21 12; Office software and industrial software, see 28 21 12

223603

Keyboards

Included are, e.g., Braille keyboards.; Accessories for telephoning, see 22 24 21

223612

Alternate input devices

Included are, e.g., optical scanners, speech recognition units, touch sensitive boards, data gloves and brain-computer interfaces.; Assistive products to position screen pointer and to select items on computer display, see 22 36 21

223615

Input accessories

Devices for linking the input systems with the computer; Included are, e.g., stand-alone word banks and word lists, multiports, cables and boards.

223618

Input software

Included are, e.g., one-finger drivers and screen keyboards.; Word processing software, see 22 12 24; Alternative input devices, see 22 36 12; Office software and industrial software, see 28 21 12

223621

Assistive products to position screen pointer and to select items on computer display

Devices used as an alternative to a computer mouse; Included are, e.g., touch pads and computer joysticks.; Alternate input devices, see 22 36 12

223904

Visual computer displays and accessories

Devices that display information from a computer visually and accessories that enlarge or otherwise enhance text and images on a computer monitor; Included are, e.g., large print displays, screen magnifiers and glare reduction screens.

223905

Tactile computer displays

Devices that display information from a computer tactilely; Included are, e.g., Braille displays and tactile graphic displays.

223907

Audible computer displays

Devices that display information from a computer audibly through speech or other sound; Included are, e.g., speech synthesizers.

223912

Special output software

Included are, e.g., software that enlarges the text and graphics displayed on a computer screen, software that reads the display and converts it to speech (screen reader).; Image-enlarging video systems, see 22 03 18; Office software and industrial software, see 28 21 12

240918

Switches (on/off or other functions)

Devices that activate or deactivate an electrical circuit. Included are, e.g., push-buttons for electrical devices.

241303

Environmental control systems

Systems for operating devices from a distance

241306

Personal environmental control software

Calculation software, see 22 15 09; Face-to-face communication software, see 22 21 12; Telecommunication and telematics software, see 22 24 24; Office software and industrial software, see 28 21 12

as described above, the validator will then be responsible of deciding what product should be included in the Unified Listing