EUAIN aims to promote e-Inclusion as a core horizontal building block in the establishment of the Information Society by creating a European Accessible Information Network to bring together the different actors in the content creation and publishing industries around a common set of objectives relating to the provision of accessible information. Accessibility for print impaired people can be an increasingly integrated component of the document management and publishing process and should not be a specialised, additional service.
EUAIN will take the broadest definition of content creators and will provide the support, tools and expertise to enable them to provide accessible information. This is now feasible due to recent developments at several levels. From a technical perspective, it is now possible to address key concerns of content creators and providers and coherently address issues such as: automation of document structuring, adherence to emerging standards, workflow support, digital rights management and secure distribution platforms. Similarly, emerging international and European standards provide an excellent basis for the creation of accessible information at a more fundamental level than has previously been possible. EUAIN will establish a fluent communication of experience with standardisation bodies. At a European and national level, there now exists a clear desire on the part of associations of publishers to collaborate closely with experts in order to provide truly accessible materials. However, what is still clearly needed is a focal point to bring these disparate initiatives together. The European Accessible Information Network will provide this cohesion by addressing the key areas and issues, which are of common concern to all the actors in this area. This is an ambitious goal, but the convergence described above makes this both worthwhile and achievable.
Funding SchemeCA - Coordination action
2515 BD The Hague