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Users enriching eAccessibility

— Posted by François Junique, DG INFSO, Project Officer ICT for Inclusion, Workshop organiser at the Digital Agenda Assembly

eAccessibility is a part of EU policy development for inclusion such as Pillar 6 of Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE), the European Disability action plan 2010-2020 and the recently ratified UN convention on the rights of the persons with disabilities. In parallel, there are several initiatives in Europe run by communities for persons with disabilities that aim to contribute in achieving more accessible services.

Examples of such initiatives include the identification of problems on websites in order to allow their rapid fixing by the site owners, the creation of navigation maps enriched with accessibility information, the creation of subtitles audiovisual content and even the policy making in respect to accessibility. Several of them will be presented in  workshop 9 at the Digital Agenda Assembly on 16th June.

 While it is still essential that proper design-for-all approaches are followed by policy makers, industry and operators, such community initiatives provide also a very interesting complement for the achievement of more accessible services.

- Which infrastructures and authoring or synchronisation technologies could help these initiatives to become more efficient?

- What are the current limitations?

- Who could develop or provide such infrastructures or technologies?

- How could we further raise awareness of these enrichment opportunities?

- Do you have any other examples of such opportunities for ICT or that go beyond ICT related domains?  

 As of now you  are invited to share your ideas about the eAccessibility thematic and its dedicated workshop on this blog or on Twitter using the  #daa11ability hashtag!

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mikewald's picture

The use of crowdsourcing of the correction of speech recognition errors offers a promising approach to providing sustainable captioning and Synote and its associated tools provide the opportunity to investigate the best approach for both making it as easy as possible for users to correct the transcripts and also for providing the motivation for them to do so. A wmv format video demonstration of the systems described is available for downloading from http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/mw/recordings/Mike%20Wald/webaccessibilityc... and is also available on Synote captioned using Synote’s speech recognition editing system from: http://www.synote.org/synote/recording/replay/55564 If users wish to annotate the recording on Synote they need to register before logging in with their registered user name and password, otherwise they can go to the “Read, Watch or Listen Only Version”. The panels and size of the video can be adjusted up to full screen and the size of the text can also be enlarged.
Mia Ahlgren's picture

The Swedish Disability Federation will participate in workshop 9 and tell you the story of how we contributed to more accessible live  web casts in 2010. We were commissioning the live web casts and the technical results are described by our creative supplier http://westreamu.se/lab/almedalen2010-en/ We look forward to sharing our experience with a wider audience. #daa11ability
Rui Barros's picture

Digital inclusion is not only a question of accessibility but also a question of digital literacy. ADDME thematic network works with intermediaries in the field of digital inclusion for special groups like seniors, immigrants, civil servants and neet. The Community of Practice is available at http://www.addmecop.eu
Manni's picture

Who could develop or provide such infrastructures or technologies? Of course the transatlantic companies for which the Quislings of the European Commission work for and who pay all the civil society astroturfs to lobby them to hand our public money out to them. The most important thing is to exclude SMEs from Europe from the supply chain because that would result in the risk of job creation in Europe and be incoherent with the dependency of our markets on digital lockin. Never change a running system! Who else is able to offer Commission officials revolving door offerings than US megacorporations?