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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

OpenBook Technology

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Technologies must be operated and maintained in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. More information on the proper use of the TRM can be found on the TRM Proper Use Tab/Section.

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Description: OpenBook software converts printed documents or graphic-based text into an electronic text format on a personal computer (PC), using high-quality speech and optical character recognition (OCR) technology. OpenBook is designed to enhance success for people who are blind or have low vision who need access to printed and electronic materials.

This software does not utilize a database. All files are saved within the OpenBook application. For example, when a user signs in, OpenBook uses C:/Program Files/Freedom Scientific/OpenBook/9.0/Users/default/Library as the default file location. OpenBook has its own file format called OBX, which is the default file format whenever a user opens or saves a file. Both the default file location and format can be changed by going into application settings.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This product is accessible. It is 508-compliant and needs no further assessment before use in VA. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Please see reference tab for more information concerning product versions.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v22.5
Decision Date: 05/12/2022 at 01:44:22 UTC
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Freedom Scientific
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (05/12/2022 at 01:44:22 UTC).