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Jodi Award winners 2013 | 14 November 2013
The Awards, granted by the Jodi Mattes Trust, reward excellence in the use of digital media to widen participation of disabled people in museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites.
This year the Trust made two awards for accessible digital culture in UK-based projects, the first to The Imperial War Museum, Duxford for its Historic Duxford Trail, presenting veterans’ reminiscences and evocative soundscapes through wind-up devices along the route; the second to Vocal Eyes for its London Beyond Site audio project, providing rich, vivid descriptions of 40 London landmarks, described by ‘significant Londoners’, such as Barbara Windsor.
A further three shortlisted UK projects received commendations for innovation, in recognition of their attempts to use digital technology innovatively and to open up content to new audiences.
- The Sandwell Arts Trust’s multi-sensory Sound Canvas received a commendation for innovative use of multi-sound technology in an art work which is accessible to everyone.
- English Heritage’s Disability in Time and Place web project was commended for its innovative combining of high-quality written and visual information, exploring the relationship between people with disabilities and buildings, from medieval times to modern day.
- Finally, Roaring Girl Productions’ Bedding Out 48-hour gallery-based performance about the benefits system was commended for an innovative use of social media in opening up the on-site performance to an online audience.
Finally, an International Award for accessible digital culture in a non-UK based website was granted to the Association Valentin Hauy for its Eole website, a digital library which provides accessible books to ‘print impaired’ people for free.
Nominations for the Jodi Awards 2013 are now open! | 4 June 2013
“The Jodi Awards continue to inspire best practice cultural accessibility in the UK and internationally. They were first given in 2003, which was European Year of Disabled People.
To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Jodi Awards, three Public Engagement Awards will be given in 2013 at a special celebratory event in November 2013.
These new Awards will be for:
- Participatory Design
- Legacy and Impact
The International Jodi Award for best website outside the UK will be given again in 2013.”
The closing date is 2 August 2013.
“A Big Idea for a Big Society: equitable access to reading for blind and partially sighted people” | 8 December 2010
Important article by Rob Froud, looking at the prospects for blind and partially-sighted people within the Big Society, and calling for a firmer grip on leadership to enable real steps towards equality to be taken.
Personalisation & digital inclusion | 12 January 2009
I've received an interesting enquiry (which also ties in to a response to DCLG that I've been working on with CILIP on digital inclusion).
With the current Government encouragement for personalising services, a number of library services has started developing personalised library services via email (and, to a lesser extent, mobile phone). These include, for example, emailing people to remind them that material they have borrowed is becoming overdue; emailing people to notify them that items they have reserved are now available. Most recently, some have started contacting people to let them know that titles that might interest them have been added to stock.
However, is there an issue for us regarding those people who do not have email access? Is this leading, in effect, to a two-tier service, and one which is further disadvantaging people who are already digitally excluded?
What do you think? Has your service grappled with these issues - and, if so, what did you come up with?
I'll pull together all the replies I receive and circulate them and add them to the blog & website.
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