MetaMedia Wins SBIR Grant to Convert Incident Specific Booklets to Mobile Applications for Smart Phones and Tablets

MetaMedia Training International, Inc. (MetaMedia) has been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to convert Incident Specific Booklets in their current PDF format to web and mobile-ready ePub files for distribution and deployment across multiple platforms, including the handheld smart phone and tablet.

The approach MetaMedia will take in translating an existing booklet to work on the various platforms will be to rebuild the existing PDFs in an ePub universal format. The format offers many browsing functions that a simple PDF reader has, but includes gesture support and added functionality such as video inclusion. Each version of the content will begin with an interactive table of contents that allows readers to jump to a specific topic. This will act as each booklet’s “main menu”.

In addition to the booklets, MetaMedia will create a central “hub” website accessible on all devices which will allow users to remotely find and download any of the booklets via a wifi or cell phone connection. This site will be a simple page with a basic “click to download” feature next to each booklet title and description. The site will also have a help section explaining browsing on the various devices, and identify where the items are stored for each for novice device users.

“The mobile-ready reference material will provide immediate access to critical health and safety training 24×7, continuing our mission to increase overall awareness, protect workers, and reduce injuries and death,” said MetaMedia Vice President Chris Held. “And, it will give responders the Just-In-Time content and reference information they need in the field to handle the health and safety risks they encounter on a regular basis,” said Mr. Held.

To date, MetaMedia has won nine Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I, Phase II, and Fast Track grants from the NIEHS.

NIEHS is one of 27 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Institute maintains campuses in Research Triangle Park, NC, and Bethesda, MD, where it uses multidisciplinary biomedical research programs, prevention and intervention efforts, and communication strategies to decrease human illness brought on by environmental factors.

For more than three decades, MetaMedia has designed, developed, and delivered innovative training and communications programs for government agencies, global corporations, and nonprofit organizations. MetaMedia provides state-of-the-art instruction in formats that include eLearning, mLearning, and DVD. For more information, visit us on the web at www.metamediausa.com.

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