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Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards (AEGIS)

Principal researcher

Name: Evangelos Bekiaris

Contact details: Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) / Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT)
6th km Charilaou-Thermi Rd., PO Box 361, 57001 Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Tel: +30 2310 498 265; Fax: +30 2310 498 269
Email: abek@certh.gr

Website: www.certh.gr/root.en.aspx

Project details

Start date: 01/09/2008
End date: 29/02/2012

Description: The ÆGIS project seeks to determine whether 3rd generation access techniques will provide a more accessible, more exploitable and deeply embeddable approach in mainstream ICT (desktop, rich Internet and mobile applications). We develop and explore this approach with the Open Accessibility Framework (OAF) through which we address aspects of the design, development and deployment of accessible mainstream ICT. The OAF provides embedded and built-in accessibility solutions, as well as toolkits for developers, for engraving accessibility in existing and emerging mass-market ICT-based products, thus making accessibility open, plug & play, personalised & configurable, realistic & applicable in various contexts; ÆGIS is placing users and their needs at the centre of all ICT developments.

Based on a holistic UCD, AEGIS identifies user needs and interaction models for several user groups, (users with visual, hearing, motion, speech and cognitive impairments as well as application developers) and develops open source-based generalised accessibility support into mainstream ICT devices/applications: A) desktop, B) W3C/WAI standards-abiding accessible rich web applications and C) embedded generalized accessibility in terms of user interfaces and applications running into standard (CDLC and CDC) as well as rich features cell phones and PDAs.

All developments are iteratively tested with hundreds of end users, developers and experts in three phases and 4 Pilot sites Europewide (in Belgium, Spain, Sweden and UK). The project includes strong industrial and end users participation (the participating Industries are among the market leaders in the corresponding mainstream ICT markets).

Other organisations involved in this project

Ace Centre Advisory Trust

AOL (UK) Limited

Blue Point IT Solutions Srl

Ceske Vyoske Uceni Technicke v Praze

Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge

Conncept Swiss GmbH

European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR)

Femtio Procent Data Aktiebolag

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V.

Fundacion Once Para La Cooperacion e Integracion Social de Personas con Discapacidad

Fundacion Vodafone Espana

Governing Council of the University of Toronto

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Research in Motion Limited

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Singkioular Lotzik Anonymi Etairiapliroforikon Etairiapliroforaikon Systimaton & Efarmogon

Sun Microsystems Ltd.

Sun Microsystems (China) Co. Ltd.

Sun Microsystems Czech Sro.

Sun Microsystems GmbH

Sun Microsystems Ireland Limited

Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

Vastra Gotalands Lans Landsting

Last updated: 13/03/2010