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Project number: 224348Project acronym: AEGISProject title: Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, StandardsStarting date: 1 September 2008Duration: 48 MonthsAEGIS is an Integrated Project (IP) within the ICT programme of FP7

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  • 1. ETNA European ThematicNetwork on Assistive Informationand Communication TechnologiesLindsay Evett, David Brown, David Colven, Andrew Lysley, Renzo AndrichISRG NTU, ACE centre, Polo Tecnologico Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels

2. IntroductionThe overall goal of the ETNA thematic network is toestablish a European Web Portal able to provideinformation on assistive products based on ICT(information and communication technologies) and e-accessibility solutions which are available in Europe, andon related organizations and servicesTo give access to repositories of freeware, open sourcesoftware products, tools for developers of assistivesolutions, and for mainstream developers to make theirproducts accessiblePlatform to share expertise, ideas, views, resources andexperience AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 3. Introduction (contd.)European Assistive Technology InformationNetwork (EASTIN) portal is the startWill take advantage of existing repositories such as SpeechBubble, OATSoft, OAEGWill be maintained through a collaborative effort of the partnersFull multilingualism for all EU languages; integraterange of various different Info Systemsresources (EASTIN features) AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 4. Six main stages1. Identify information needs of all stakeholders, to specify requirements of the portal2. Inventory of existing EU resources, deciding what to include3. Classify the key features of ICT AT products through appropriate ontologies4. Classify authoring systems and developers tools through appropriate ontologies5. EASTIN portal upgraded to ensure unified and efficient access to all resources6. Field-test the portal, to evaluate effectiveness in meeting the identified needs, fine-tune the portal AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 5. ConsortiumPartners (23) chosen to represent the range ofcommitment and expertise, at national and internationallevel, across the AT domain academic/research,industrial/development, service delivery, health/socialservices, AT usage/user organisations across Europe: Organisations committed to public information provisionin AT and educational technology, many part of EASTIN Organisations specialised in research, development andapplication of ICT accessibility and assistive solutions Organisations of people with disabilities with significantexperience of research and promotion of social inclusionthrough ICT Professional networks supporting the advancement of AT AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 6. ETNA collaborates with ATIS4AllATIS4All: European Thematic Network to facilitate access to the most suitable AT or accessibility device and service according to needs, preferences and contextual characteristics (lead: Technosite)Open, collaborative portal offering reliable information on AT and inclusive products and services, and cutting-edge technologicalTogether involve 42 leading institutions in 16European countries AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 7. ETNA, ATIS4All, complementary focusETNA: focus on search engine application, enabling all the stakeholders to access the data and resources available through a multilingual interface.ATIS4All: focus on building Web 2.0 applications to create an active online community, enhancing dialogue, sharing and participation among users, researchers and developers.AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 8. AspirationsMake information on available AT and accessibility products and services across Europe more transparent and easily available to usersConnect developers, providers and suppliers of ICT ATsolutions across Europe, to advance solutionsConnect researchers, developers, professionals with end-usersEnable mainstream developers to create more accessibleproductsOvercome fragmentation in ICT AT and accessibilitymarkets, to improve and support performance in themarketAEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 9. ChallengesPace of development ICT AT fastest developingin AT world, adaptive, can be mainstream, dontfit easily in to existing classificationsSpecialised knowledge of needs can be isolated needs connectingKnowledge of ICT assistive products can also be fragmentedWide range of stakeholders have different information needs unified access to all resources for all stakeholders AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 10. Progress so farWP2: Map of information needs identify ICT AT domains, stakeholders and their search needs (search profiles), types of information to be covered to meet those needs, challenges (dynamic, mainstream, pervasive, accessibility, inclusion, social participation, digital natives)WP3: Map of resources exploring and classifying useful, varied, internet resources concerned with various aspects of ICT AT; inventory; analysing criteria for inclusion/exclusion and strategies for linking to the ETNA portal search engine; possible quality indicators; review of newly reengineered EASTIN portal; ISO 9999:2011WP4: Ontology of ICT-based assistive products (Jan 2012)AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 11. Examples of Resources from InitialList Software source oodes Software applications Product recordsName of the provider Brief description of the resources TOPIC Case Studies(in English) provided Regulations Language Projects Forums Articles Ideas News FAQsAT general X X X X X XX Public searchable databases of products, companies, centres, ideas,SIVA Portal oncase studies, fact sheets; online advice; forum IT ENassistive technologiesAAC products X X Public searchable databases of AAC products ENSpeechBubble X X X X ENOpen Source AssistiveAT softwarerepository; online repository of open source AT software; platform for open source AT developersTechnology Software resources fordevelopment(OATS) X X X X X Repository of open source AT and resources for development; ENAEGIS Open AT softwarerepository;information on accessibility standards; blog aggregatorAccessibility resources fordevelopmentEverywhere Group(OAEG)Online-database accessibleICT AT and related X X Product and supplier database DEequipmentENcommunicationAAC applications X A listing of iOS apps in the area of AAC with short descriptions, and links to more ENAppsForAAC detailed information, reviews and ratings. Supports comments from site visitors etc.AAC applications X Comprehensive list of apps with concise information and links to further information, EN maintained in three categories: Apps with Symbols/Pictures only, Apps with SymbolsiPhone/iPad Apps for AAC and Text-to-Speech, Text based apps only. Comments and ratings based on a defined list of criteria. AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 12. AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 13. Selection by CharacteristicsQuick SearchAEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 14. Search results - comparisonsAEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 15. OATS www.oatsoft.orgOATSoft is dedicated to improving Assistive Technology and computeraccessibility through the power of Open Source developmenttechniques. OATSoft makes the best Open Source AssistiveTechnology Software (OATS) easy to find. Users and developersmeet at OATSoft to create better software.Users, find useful free software and discuss and work with developersto get the features that you want.Developers, work with users and other projects to develop newfeatures and shared re-usable components.Open Source Software is free and the source code that makes thesoftware is freely available. It is developed by internationalcommunities operating on-line.Assistive Technology Software allows people with disabilities toovercome some of the disabling effects of society and technology,including computer and web accessibility. AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 16. Open Accessibility EverywhereGroupOAEG Mission Statement:The Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG),co-ordinated effort of the AEGIS consortium, tobring together all open source accessibilitycommunities, the techniques and approachesthey use; exchange and share; open source s/w,learning objects, knowledge base of themThus, the OAEG aspires to be the community ofthe communities in the open accessibility world AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 17. SummaryAim to establish European Web Portal to provideinformation on ICT-based assistive products, e-accessibility solutions, related organisations andservices. So far, the project has considered: information needs of all the stakeholders; classification of resources; definition of a linking strategy; definition of inclusion and exclusion criteria of providers andresources; identification of relevant quality indicators for the resources; initial detailed list of resources and providers. AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 18. SourcesACE centres (2011). ACE Centre Advisory Trust,, accessed 22/8/11AEGIS (2008). AEGIS: Open Accessibility Everywhere:Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards,, accessed 22/8/11ATIS4All (2011). European Thematic Network on AssistiveTechnologies and Inclusive Solutions for All,, accessed 22/8/11EASTIN (2005). European Assistive Technology InformationNetwork, 21/11/11 AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels 19. Sources (contd.)ETNA (2011). European Thematic Network on AssistiveInformation Technologies,,accessed 22/8/11International Organisation for Standardisation (2011). ISO9999:2011 Assistive products for persons with disability -Classification and terminology, 20/11/11OAEG (2008). Open Accessibility Everywhere Gr