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Content Conversion Services for Publishers

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A number of commercial companies provide a wide range of conversion services (e.g., transformation from print to digital, or transformation from one digital medium to another, etc.). These services are available to curriculum materials publishers and to state and local education agencies, usually on a work-for-hire basis. In addition to the preparation, structuring, editing, and validation of digital source files, a number of these companies also indicate that they are capable of creating student-ready versions.

A preliminary list of conversion services companies that may have expertise in the creation of source files that conform to the NIMAS is provided below. Additional recommendations should be emailed to aem@cast.org. Each of the organizations listed has been asked to complete a capabilities and contact profile in the form of a Word document. As a service to K–12 educational publishers that are in need of technical development support and to states that may wish to develop student-ready versions from NIMAS-conformant file sets, a link to each company is provided below. The NIMAS Center will continue to post detailed capabilities and contact documents as they become available.

Local Education Agency (LEA)

Agency legally authorized to provide administrative control or direction of publically funded schools.

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Validation

Process of reviewing an XML document for conformance to the rules of XML coding in general and to a specific technical standard.

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National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)

A technical standard used to produce XML-based source files for print-based educational materials.

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NIMAS-conformant files

XML files valid to the NIMAS technical specification used to create accessible specialized formats of print-based instructional materials.

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Content conversion service providers