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European Internet Accessibility Observatory

Short description

The objective of the EIAO project is to develop a framework for an automated web accessibility assessment to increase access to knowledge for people with disabilities. Currently there are no systematic, automatically updated overview standards and guidelines in Europe to serve this constituency. The EIAO assessment system can provide valuable input to European benchmarking and provide effective support for development of web accessibility analysis and policies.

Description of work

The project will promote eInclusion by building a sustainable Information Society with equal access and participation for all in Europe. The framework will consist of:

  • A framework of web accessibility metrics, including summary indicators used to develop web accessibility rankings, trend analysis etc.
  • An Internet robot for collecting data on web accessibility
  • A data warehouse providing on line access to updated web accessibility data
  • A framework for delimiting and specifying web sites and web pages to be measured
  • Modular framework for tests to encourage design of plug-ins
  • Aggregation of results in a data warehouse to facilitate data mining, research and analysis of accessibility data

The collection of the web accessibility metrics and the associated tools for automated data collection and dissemination will be continuously improved based on:

  • Feedback received from the end users (e.g. policy makers, governmental agencies, web masters, various associations of disadvantaged users of on line resources)
  • Data gathered from user testing

In this way, the proposed measurement suite will be continuously sharpened maintaining its relevant and quantifiable web accessibility characteristics.

The project will be released under an open source licence, ensuring flexible use and further development of its products. To promote the initiative we will organize a conference and publish annual reports on European web accessibility. Additionally, the expertise and knowledge developed during the project will be shared through services such as courses and retrofitting.

A more detailled project description can be found at www.eiao.net

Focus of FTB

  • User involvement (user requirements analysis, testing with disabled people)
  • Development of the Web Accessibility Metrics
  • Dissemination

Contact persons at FTB

  • Dr.-Ing. Helmut Heck (head of FTB development centre)
  • Dipl.-Math. Annika Nietzio

email: h.heck@ftb-esv.de

Project partners

  • Agder University College, Norway (project leader).
  • Vista Utredning AS, Norway.
  • The Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.
  • Nettkroken as, Norway.
  • University of Tromsĝ, Norway.
  • FBL s.r.l., Italy.
  • Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Production Engineering, Institute of Production Systems Organisation, Poland.
  • Aalborg University, Denmark.
  • Intermedium as, Norway.

Project data

Duration: 9/2004 - 2/2008

Funding: co-funded by the European Commission within the IST-Programme of the 6th Framework Programme.

Publications

  • Christian Bühler, Helmut Heck, Annika Nietzio, Morten Goodwin Olsen, and Mikael Snaprud. Monitoring accessibility of governmental web sites in Europe. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP), LNCS 5105, pages 394 - 401. Springer, 2008.
  • Annika Nietzio, Christophe Strobbe, and Eric Velleman. The Unified Web Evaluation Methodology (UWEM) 1.2 for WCAG 1.0. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP), LNCS 5105, pages 410 - 417. Springer, 2008.
  • Christian Bühler, Helmut Heck, Annika Nietzio, Jenny Craven, and Mikael Snaprud. Combining empirical and theoretical methods to enhance large scale web accessibility monitoring results. In Proceedings of the European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE), 2007.
  • Annika Nietzio, Nils Ulltveit-Moe, Terje Gjĝsĉter, Morten Goodwin Olsen, and Mikael Snaprud. A framework for quality assurance for data from large scale accessibility evaluations. In Proceedings of Human-Computer-Interaction International Conference (HCII), 2007.
  • Jenny Craven and Annika Nietzio. A task based approach to assessing the accessibility of website. Performance Measurements and Metrics, 8(2), 2007.
  • Web Accessibility Benchmarking Cluster. D-WAB4 Unified Web Evaluation Methodology (UWEM 1.2). Available from http://www.wabcluster.org/uwem1_2/, 2007.
  • Christian Bühler, Helmut Heck, Olaf Perlick, Annika Nietzio, and Nils Ulltveit-Moe. Interpreting results from large scale automatic evaluation of web accessibility. In Procedings of the International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP), LNCS 4061, pages 184 - 191. Springer, 2006.
  • Annika Nietzio. Making sense of automatic web accessibility evaluation: A closer look at the EIAO data. In Proceedings of the second Workshop on Web Accessibility and Metamodelling (WWAM 2006), Agder University College, Grimstad, Norway, 2006.
  • Nils Ulltveit-Moe, Mikael Snaprud, Annika Nietzio, Morten Goodwin Olsen, and Christian Thomsen. Early results from automatic accessibiltiy benchmarking of public European web sites from the European Internet Accessibility Observatory (EIAO). In Proceedings of the International Design for All Conference, Rovaniemi, 2006.
  • Christian Bühler, Helmut Heck, Olaf Perlick, and Mikael Snaprud. A framework for automated web accessibility assessment. In Proceedings of the European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE), 2005.

Last Updated at Tuesday, 16 July 2013