Workshop on “Making Audiovisual Media Accessible to All: The options and the economics”

Following the 9th meeting of ITU’s Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility (FG-AVA), ITU is hosting a workshop to review existing as well as next-generation accessibility services and technologies in the audiovisual media sphere. Alongside the services and technologies at play, the workshop will study business cases of accessibility-service rollouts from across the world, and a number of demos will be given on accessibility services currently on the market and under development by private-sector players and research institutes.

The workshop on “Making Audiovisual Media Accessible to All: The options and the economics” in Geneva, 24-25 October 2013, is free of charge and open to all and has been organized by FG-AVA, the interdisciplinary group established in 2011 by ITU-T Study Group 16 (Multimedia) to encourage the use of common accessibility tools across all delivery media including broadcasting, IPTV and Internet.

On the agenda is a review of existing accessibility services and emerging services only just starting to come into mainstream use, with the intention of highlighting access services in need of additional elements from the content provider.

Means to improve the accessibility of devices through ‘assistive technologies’ is another point of focus and the workshop will analyze recent developments in this field with a view to identifying priorities for these technologies’ ongoing development.

The second half of the event will study business cases of accessibility-service rollouts from around the globe, seeking to identify sustainable business models that might be mirrored by countries elsewhere. Participants will receive presentations on the experiences of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Japan, United States, the European Union and Switzerland, and these presentations will fuel a closing interactive discussion on ‘Business Model Options for Access Services’.

The exhibition of accessibility services is scheduled for the evening of the 24th, 17:30-19:00, as well as all day the following day, and the exhibitors are as follows:

  • The development of a key board and the dictionary for sign language:  ShuR (Japan) – Junto Ohki
  • NHK, (Japan) – Takayuki Ito
  • “Accessible technologies for speech management: Mediamonitor”, Cedat 85 (Italy) – Maria Palmerini
  • “Assess the accuracy for live subtitles in a quick and effective way”, Swiss TXT (Switzerland) – Gion Linder and Juan Martinez
  • “Different Approaches for Different Qualities in Media Accessibility”, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) – Pilar Orero and Anna Matamala
  • IRT Institut für Rundfunktechnik (Germany) – Georg Huber

More information on the event and how to register can be found here…

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