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Turning pixels into data: Imaging for accessibility




Public Service and Procurement Canada’s (PSPC) Document Imaging Solutions Centre (DISC) is seeking to develop innovative capture solutions to improve accessibility of digitized documents and increase production capabilities, thus providing citizens and government organizations with more cost-effective, accessible and adapted digital information.

Eligible Applicants

Solution proposals can only be submitted by a small business that meets all of the following criteria:

  • for profit
  • incorporated in Canada (federally or provincially)
  • 499 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • research and development activities that take place in Canada
  • 50% or more of its annual wages, salaries and fees are currently paid to employees and contractors who spend the majority of their time working in Canada
  • 50% or more of its FTE employees have Canada as their ordinary place of work
  • 50% or more of its senior executives (Vice President and above) have Canada as their principal residence

Eligible Expenses

The program will fund projects that proposed solutions to improve accessibility of digitized documents and increase production capabilities:

  1. integrate to current Government of Canada imaging infrastructure;
  2. allow for the secure processing of Protected B and Secret documents;
  3. make possible the conversion of both digitally created and scanned PDF documents into well-structured, properly tagged and fully compliant HTML5 or ePub3 files;
  4. make use of Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotic Process Application (RPA) or any other relevant technology to extract pertinent and contextualized information from digitized documents, and produce accessible files that respect European Union Standard EN 301-549 (2018);
  5. integrate remediation console and revision tools to support validation of tagging, alternative text, tables, charts and other required descriptive entries;
  6. be scalable to provide high-volume imaging or conversion capacity;
  7. integrate solid reporting capacity and accessibility validation tools to provide feedback on automated processes.

In addition, the proposed solutions should:

  1. provide basic quality control automations (page flipping, identification of scanning issues, rescan functionalities) while providing interactive interfaces to accelerate quality insurance operations and support data entry (when required);
  2. facilitate accessibility remediation for non-expert remediation agents through the use of a desktop application. This application should be designed to support manual actions such as tagging, alternate text integration, establishment of reading order as well as accessibility assessment.
  3. improve the overall accuracy of our capture processes and reduce the use of manual data entry, verification and corrections.

Deadline Date

  Closing date: June 2, 2020 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time


Contact Name: Government of Canada

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