Components of the GPII
The GPII consists of a number of components that work together to form the infrastructure enhancements needed to make our broadband infrastructure into an Inclusive Broadband Infrastructure.
Brief descriptions for each of these are provided below along with a link to more information on the component.
Note that the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is focused on anyone who has trouble using information and communication technologies (ICT) effectively including
- Those with limited or no literacy (including those facing problems with a second language)
- Those with disabilities or functional limitations
- Those with limited or no digitial literacy (not familiar with the new technologies being thrown at them)
- Those who are aging and face these and other problems dealing with technologies they now want to or are forced to use in their environments
The GPII is based on three major components that work together like three legs of a tripod. All three are ncesssary to ensure that this new digital world that we are creating will truly be usable by us all
- A way to discover what each of us needs to use this new world
- A way to have whatever we need appear (or happen to) every device or digital material we have to use - when and where we have to use it.
- A way to make it easier and less expensing to create new, more affordable (for us and society) new solutions
1) A way for people to determine what would help them - and then to store that information safely for future use.
- Awareness Programs
- Awareness programs(s) that together ensure that everyone knows: 1) that there are ways/solutions/things that can make information and communication technologies (ICT) easier for anyone having trouble using ICT (including them) and 2) where to start looking.
- The Needs and Preferences Discovery Aid
- An on-line aid to help professionals and consumers discover which of all the techniques and features (that can be found in assistive technologies or built into mainstream products) would make ICT easier or possible for them (or their clients) to use.
- Needs, Preference & Permission Storage System
- A way (in the cloud or on a personal device) to securely and privately store information on what works for them, how they need to have things set up, and what they have permission to use (products, services) in a way they can use anywhere, anytime.
- Unified Listing and Marketplace
- A single up-to-date listing of all the solutions available today today internationally - and a marketplace that is safe to try them out and select them.
- Shopping Aid
- A tool to use with the Unified Listing and the GPII Marketplace help users (and professionals) find everything (techniques, built-in features, assistive technologies) that is known that could help address a person's needs and preferences.
2) A way to use their stored preferences to invoke the access features, technologies and services they need - anywhere on any device they need to use.
- Private Preference & Permission Serving System
- A mechanism to allow users to privately and anonymously take and use their preferences, permissions, and settings anywhere.
- Auto-Personalization Infrastucuture and AnyWhere Delivery System
- Automatically personalizes the user interface on devices and materials a person encounters to match their user needs and preferences -- anywhere, anytime, any device. This includes features on the device, services in the cloud or AT as needed.
- Accessible Resource Finder-Creator Infrastructure
- Automatically finds captions, descriptions, or supplemental information for video or images, or alternate forms for eductaional or other resources if they exist anywhere. If they don't, it provides a way to have them generated on demand through one of the volunteer or paid services.
- Finds resources that match user needs (captions, descriptions, supplemental information, alternative materials)
- Provides a mechanism to get captions or descriptions if not on a/v materials
- Provides a way to transform documents into accessible form if accessible forms not available
- Assistance On Demand Infrastructure
- Infrastructure that allows users to instantly call up 'assistance on demand' from volunteer or paid services whenever and wherever they need it (for as short as a few seconds).
3) Tools and infrastructure to allow diverse developers and vendors to create new solutions and easily and cost effectively move them to market and availability to users who need them.
- Developers Space - Tool Kit & Parts Store
- A development environment that makes it easier and less expensive to build new solutions or add new capabilities to the mix. Includes a rich set of both commercial and free and open source components for building new access solutions and services.
- Developers Resource Network
- A network of users and developers with expertise in creating and testing accessibility solutions to act as a resource to new developers and consumers or professionals wanting to develop, refine, or explore new solutions that can build on what we (collectively) know and create new or better solutions for groups that are or are not yet served.
- Assistance on Demand Infrastructure (see above)
- An AOD Infrastructure that can make it easier for organization (volunteer and commercial) to create and offer new automated and human services on demand
- Unified List and Open Marketplace (see above)
- A Unified listing and marketplace that makes it easy for new developers to get their products seen and disseminated to users internationally.