I. Non-negotiable Requirements
The below guidelines and requirements must be addressed in an applicant’s business plan submission to be considered.
- Proposals should base a business plan on a cost-effective title development model of accessible content. All digital content shall conform to common accessibility guidelines (e.g. EPUB Accessibility 1.0, EPUB 3 Accessibility Guidelines, DAISY’s knowledge base and Top Tips for Creating Accessible EPUB3 Files)
- The business plan should assume a free license (e.g. Creative Commons) for all aspects of the first iteration of quality, accessible titles (e.g. graphics/images, etc.). However, revenue may be generated in future iterations of content created.
- The Global Digital Library has defined a common set of metadata based on the Learning Resources Metadata Initiative (LRMI). All content developed should include metadata based on this standard. All text needs to be encoded in UTF-8. This includes both metadata and textual content.
- The business plan should focus on content creation in mother languages, with preference for inclusion of under-served languages in developing countries.
- Content creation or management systems can be proprietary or open source.
- The business plan should include all elements of the title development process, including Illustration development.
II. Summary, Concept and Managing Team (0-5 points)
The business plan must contain an executive summary of the strategy to be employed to address the issue, a basic concept for implementation, and a description of the managing team and implementing parties. A description of the applicant’s or complementary existing products or services should be included if they pertain to the strategy and can be incorporated in the offering.
III. Market Analysis (0-10 points)
The Business Plan must contain the following elements: 1,000-word limit
- A description of the applicant’s existing book content creation and accessibility versioning process.
- Methods or products, services or processes that are being considered for innovation or optimization within the targeted area of the applicant’s operations and and/or business.
IV. Strategy (0-25 points)
The business plan must include a strategy that optimizes title development of accessible children’s books by demonstrating a more efficient, cost-effective process of accessible title development from onset. The per book production cost savings should be identified and supported with data that illustrates the new quality, accessible children’s book title growth per year.
V. Collaboration (0-10 points)
Collaboration is often critical to the success of strong business models. Which entities or sectors does the plan rely on for success (e.g. private sector, government, educators, parents, publishers, etc.)?
VI. Finances (0-15 points)
To demonstrate financial viability and innovation sustainability, a business plan should clearly outline all costs to reduce the costs per title, including: costs associated with the project plan; project management; training and support costs; content creation costs; hardware, software or other product costs; licensing fees; and recurring service costs.
VII. Timeline and Project Plan (0-15 points)
The business plan must detail the following elements: 1,000-word limit
- A timeline for the project that details:
- Requirements-gathering (i.e. technical facts needed to proceed)
- Analysis of existing processes and constraints to achieving desired approach
- Strategy and implementation plan
- Testing and quality-assurance, monitoring and evaluation.
- Risks associated with areas of the plan that are in direct control of managing team and mitigation strategies.
VIII. Sustainability (0-20 points)
The business plan should include a sustainability plan that details ongoing costs, training or support which contribute to efficiencies in production while increasing output. Supporting plans on evaluating quality assurance, that accounts for process and product improvement and management of key areas within the enhancement plan, should also be included.