Marisa DeMeglio

Software developer fluent in desktop, XML, and web technologies. Active in standards organizations. Experience centered around eBooks, multimedia, and accessibility.


Standards development (EPUB, DAISY, SMIL); object-oriented programming (C++, Java, C#); frameworks (.NET, Django, OSGi); web languages (Javascript, HTML, CSS); XML technologies (XML, XSLT, XProc); and last but not least, Python.


B.S., Computer Science, May 2000
Penn State University, State College, PA, USA


Software Developer

The DAISY Consortium
May 2003 – Present

Worked on all aspects of the eBook ecosystem. Developed accessible EPUB and DAISY Reading Systems, both as a contributor (Readium) and as the project lead (AMIS). Wrote format converters and also worked on the core engine for the DAISY Pipeline. Was a specification editor for EPUB3 and SMIL3. Core member of the 5-year DAISY-for-All project, focusing on software localization for developing countries. Managed 30+ volunteer translations both remotely and in-person at workshops held in Bangkok and New Delhi.

Software Engineer

Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD)
September 2001 – April 2003

Developed prototype for kiosk-style talking book playback system with alternate interface plug-in system. Spent a combined total of 3 months working on-site at the JSRPD Information Center in Tokyo.

Software Engineer

isSound Corporation
July 2000 – May 2001

Wrote an application used to voice HTML pages for visually-impaired users. Developer for a telephone-based application for audible delivery and navigation of Word documents.

Papers and Presentations

EPUB 3 Specification, IDPF Working Group
Editor of Media Overlays chapter.
June 2014

Never lose a sale because of a format, O'Reilly Tools of Change Conference
Presented as part of the tutorial session XML in Practice: Formats, Tools, and Techniques
February 2009, New York, USA

Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL 3.0) W3C Recommendation 01 December 2008.
Dick Bulterman, Jack Jansen, Pablo Cesar, Sjoerd Mullender, Eric Hyche, Marisa DeMeglio, Julien Quint, Hiroshi Kawamura, Daniel Weck, Xabiel García Pañeda, David Melendi, Samuel Cruz-Lara, Marcin Hanclik, Daniel F. Zucker, Thierry Michel, ed.

DAISY Software Player Showcase [link to conference program. see page 10], Techshare 2007
October 2007, London, U.K.

The Urakawa Project, International Conference on Tsunami Preparedness of Persons with Disabilities
January 2007, Phuket, Thailand

Open Source Software: AMIS and the Urakawa Project, International Workshop on Disaster Preparedness of Persons with Disabilities,
January 2006, Tokyo, Japan

AMIS Open Source Development, DINF Seminar on Development of DAISY,
September 2004, Tokyo, Japan

DAISY for All Project Hakkinen, Manocha, Buntan, DeMeglio, Azuma, Global Forum on Disability in the Information Society
December 2003, Geneva, Switzerland

AMIS: The Open Source Adaptive Multimedia Information System, DeMeglio. DAISY Conference for 2003
May 2003, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

AMIS: The Open Source Adaptive Multimedia Information System, Kawamura, Hakkinen, DeMeglio. CSUN Technology And Persons With Disabilities Conference
March 2003, Los Angeles, USA

Accessible Interface Design: Adaptive Multimedia Information System (AMIS) DeMeglio, Hakkinen, Kawamura. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 2398 / 2002: Computer Helping People with Special Needs : 8th International Conference, ICCHP 2002, Linz, Austria, July 15-20, 2002 Proceedings.

The Penn State Abington Fire-Fighting Mobile Robot, Avanzato, Chan, DeMeglio. ASEE 1998.