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European Internet accessibility observatory

Objective

As the information society develops, and the number of public and private online services increase the impact of 'digital divide' grows. Appropriate uses of new technologies can bridge the divide and even enable new user groups to access information and participate in communication. In particular, people with disabilities may benefit from this development.

The overall goal of the project is to improve access to Internet content for people with special needs such as visual impairment or users accessing web content by mobile phones. Moreover, we want to encourage competition based on merit among content designers, tool developers and software vendors. We believe that frequently updated ranking lists showing accessibility indicators of online European content can trigger a development to enable new user groups to participate in eEurope and improve the competitiveness of European content industry.

Tools, standards and guidelines to enable more users to participate exist. However, current online content is in many cases not leading the web to its full potential. On the contrary, there are many examples of barriers unintentionally preventing groups of users to participate. We believe regular assessments of accessibility indicators published online will help to raise awareness fuelling the efforts for better solutions.

We intend to develop a robot collecting accessibility information in a Datawarehouse. The design will cater for inclusion of additional web metrics at a later, and support multiple installations cooperating in data collection and in providing richer query results. A major activity is focussed on developing web metrics and validating them engaging different user groups.

The results are to be spread by deploying Open Source development of all Software, provide a web interface to the collected data, organise an annual conference, publish an annual report on European web accessibility and by offering services such as courses and retrofitting.

Coordinator

HOEGSKOLEN I AGDER
Address
Gimlemoen
4604 Kristiansand
Norway

Participants (7)

AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 5
159 Aalborg
EVANGELISCHE STIFTUNG VOLMARSTEIN
Germany
Address
Hartmannstrasse 24
58300 Wetter
FBL S.R.L.
Address
Corso Piave 37
27036 Mortara (Pv)
NETTKROKEN AS
Norway
Address
Bygland Sentrum
4745 Bygland
POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA
Poland
Address
Plac Politechniki 1
00-661 Warszawa
THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
All Saints Building, Oxford Road
M15 6BH Manchester
VISTA UTREDNING AS
Norway
Address
C.j. Hambros Plass 5
0164 Oslo