Home Results: Phase 1
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The Progetto Data produced its first results in 2008. In fact, thanks to a funding from the Fondazione Monte and the noticeable effort/commitment of the Fondazione CARISBO, an application package named DED was developed. It is already available from the website http://www.progettodata.it/ and it can be used directly on the server, or downloaded on the site of the client to use it on his machines. The package is freely available to anyone. Moreover, Virtual Coop is available to give advice on its use when the client requests it, and does not need to use the documentation, which is available online.

 The DED software presently consents the use of the following functions:

  • Design the database, which will be then loaded with the expected data, in a simple and guided way.

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  • Automatically create masks and the user's interface forms, adjusted to the user's data inputting needs.


  •  Define the authorised operators for the insertion of data.


Once designed the database and prepared the layout to start handling the data, the following functions are available:

  • The possibility to upload the images of the scanned documents.






  • Viewing the images from where the data will be obtained.



  • The use of the navigation bar to make the insertions, controls, and adjustments.


The functions implemented on the DED system are the essential tools used to develop a good system to collect data, available to the uses who need to insert data in an occasional or long-lasting manner. In particular the possibility to install and personalise the application on one's own server Web, consenting professional users to have a safe and reliable tool available to satisfy the demands of the handling of data.

This established interest and approval, and emerged with particular enthusiasm during the 40 demos carried out during the HANDImatica 2008 trade fair demonstration, which was held at the fair in Bologna. In fact, beyond the expected curiosity that such an innovative product provokes, the attention of the visitors was directed above all to the possibility of programming data entry activities with an instrument that consents working from distance, and at the same time easy to adapt to all the requirements regarding data handling.

Even the accesses taken place on the site (http://www.progettodata.it/) in the months of December 2008(13.199) and of January 2009(3.924) show an elevated interest provoked by the project, in particular the DED software.

The elevated interest has produced a series of critical observations, which are very useful for the development of the project.

Among the critical remarks which we received during the course of the demo at HANDImatica, the fact that the instruments made available are capable to offer working opportunities to the disabled but not the unsighted stood out. In fact, if the programming and the layout design part of the database is accessible and useable by the blind, when proceeding to the insertion of data from the image of the scanned document, by nature it is not accessible by the unsighted and the blind cannot do the relative insertion. As everyone knows, or can imagine, the multimedia instrument that is most accessible by the unsighted is represented by the audio files. Since the market has also limitations, in certain cases the writing of the audio recordings is required. This is a possible a working activity for the blind, although we lack the technological skills.

We are therefore considering that a possible evolution of the DED software, must foresee the implementation of a complete tool to facilitate the writing of audio files on the part of the unsighted.

Other remarks obtained from the HANDImatica stand regarded the need to make a user profile and trace the user's work, personalize the layout and make possible the management of some controls on the inserted data.