Inclusive online communities

Activities in this domain concern the provision of universally accessible and usable online communities, and aim in particular to: (i) Produce novel tools and services for promoting online communication and collaboration (web portals, digital libraries, eServices, etc.); (ii) Identify user needs and requirements for accessing inclusive online communities and web-based services, both with and without the use of alternative technologies; (iii) Develop methods, platforms and tools for supporting the adaptation of online communities to users with diverse needs, abilities and requirements; (iv) Design novel visualisation and navigation techniques, intuitive metaphors and user-empowering concepts for online communities and web-based services; (v) Investigate methods and instruments targeted towards assessing the inclusiveness of online communities and related tools.

Outcomes

myWebAccess (2013):A platform for repairing, enhancing and re-distributing Web Services accessible to people with disability.


The SYSPEAP portal (2013): an online platform system responsible for the Collection, Production, Enrichment and Exploitation of Multimedia Content that aims to promote the equal participation of people with disabilities in online information and multimedia content. For more information, see the leaflet.


ACCESSIBLE Unified assessment environment (2011):the environment comprises an interactive portal and a standalone tool to act as mediators to a number of accessibility assessment facilities for Web Content Accessibility Assessment, Mobile Web Content Assessment, Web Services Assessment and Description Languages.


The General Secretariat for Research and Development portal (2010): the portal’s main objective is information diffusion over the scientific, research and industrial parties. For more information, see the leaflet.


AMEAnet (2009):this portal offers to disabled users personalized and informative eServices, available through mobile devices as well as traditional desktop PCs equipped with assistive technology, complying to WCAG 1.0 Level AAA as well as Mobile Web Best Practices (MWBP) version 1.0. For more information, see the leaflet.


FireScanner (2009):a browser add-on which provides access to the web for people with hand motor impairments, through the scanning technique.


MAID (2009):a Multi-platform Accessible Interface Design Framework, accompanied by a library of adaptable widgets – primitives and complex – that allow designers to develop the actual user interfaces used by the MAID framework, eliminating thus the need for developers to be experts in user interface design and accessibility in order to implement dynamic applications.


eGovernment Web Portal for disabled people (2008):this portal provide a series of web applications including: (i) the Online Citizen Service Center, a one-stop-shop service for information retrieval and application submission to public administration bodies; (ii) Job Finding Service, supporting people with disabilities in searching on – line for jobs, eliminating the need for their physical presence in the workspace in order to conduct any preliminary negotiations with employers; (iii) Digital library of assistive technology product and services, addressing individual users as well as public bodies and organizations; (iv) Voice Portal, as an alternative means to access the content available through the Online Citizen Service Center with the use of telephone. For more information, see the leaflet.


EDeAN Portal (2007):a completely new adaptable portal for the support of the activities of the EDeAN Network, developed using the EAGER toolkit. For more information, see the leaflet.


EAGER (2007):a development toolkit that allows Web developers to build adaptive applications using facilities similar to those offered by commonly user frameworks. It is a developer framework build over ASP.NET providing adaptation-enabled ready to use dialogs. By means of EAGER, a developer can produce Web portals that have the ability to adapt to the interaction modalities, metaphors and user interface elements most appropriate to each individual user, according to profile information containing user and context specific parameters.


ORIENT (2006):a tool for the walkthrough-based assessment of eServices. ORIENT is based on a new methodology which combines the evaluation of accessibility and usability, and more in general the user experience, throughout the usage lifecycle of eServices, taking into account different user needs and requirements and different environments of use.


Pages4VR (2006):a prototype web portal, including a variety of synchronous and asynchronous communication and collaboration tools, for the collaborative development of guidelines and standard in the domain of VR.


Papyrus (2004): A web-based development suite for the implementation of digital libraries of User-Interface design guidelines, supporting collaborative and distributed deployment.


WebFace accessibility engine (2003): tool for the dynamic transformation of web pages into personalisable and accessible versions.


I-doVE (2003): a digital library of design guidelines for the domain of virtual environment applications.


HERMES(2003): a web-based platform to enable systematic cooperation amongst members of the European Design for All e-Accessibility Network (EDeAN) and other thematic networks, stakeholders and actors in the field.


SEN-IST-NET web Portal (2002): a portal providing information on Information Society Technologies (IST) for Special Educational Needs (SEN), including a Virtual Library, an extensive Resource Guide and a Case Study section with examples of innovative use of ICT.


Digital Library of Audio Books (2001): a non-visual digital library of digitised audio books.

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