Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung Project EIII

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Project EIII

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European Internet Inclusion Initiative

Background

On-line interactions have rapidly become the main channel of communication and greater inclusiveness creates efficiencies for both the private and public sectors. Accessible services can save time, effort and money for organizations and users alike. Yet, people with disabilities often face barriers to access on-line services, a digital divide that is also a social divide. For instance, only one-third of Europe's government websites are fully accessible today, according to the European Commission (EC).

Description of Work

EIII supports the EC's proposed Directive on the accessibility of public sector bodies' websites. We are building a website that contains a new combination of existing evaluation tools and support user testing of websites through crowd-sourcing. EIII is open source to ensure account-ability of results and facilitate adoption while supporting harmonization across Europe in order to enhance digital inclusion. Our aim is to improve accessibility of on-line services, including related areas such as digital television (DTV).

A more detailed project description can be found at http://www.eiii.eu/.

Focus of FTB

  • Methods of user testing and crowd-sourcing
  • Analysis and presentation of e-accessibility evaluation results

Project Partners

  • Tingtun AS, Norway (project leader)
  • Stichting Bartimeus Accessibility, Netherlands
  • Evangelische Stiftung Volmarstein / Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung, Germany
  • Cooperatie Kwaliteits Instituut Nederlandse Gemeenten (KING) U.A., Netherlands
  • Diane Alarcon Kim Andreasson advisory Aktiebolag, Sweden
  • Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale, Italy
  • Seniornett Norge, Norway
  • Thjodskra Islands, Iceland
  • Kommunenes Sentralforbund ANS (KS), Norway
  • Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties, Netherlands

The consortium is actively supported by Associate Partners

  • Agency for Digitisation, Denmark
  • Looms Consulting, Denmark
  • Ministry of State for Administrative Development, Egypt
  • Agency for Public Management and eGovernment, Norway
  • Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted, Norway
  • Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service, Norway
  • International Webmasters Association

Project Data

  • Duration: 10/2013 - 9/2015
  • Funding: co-funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme under the grant agreement 609667

Contact persons at FTB

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

email: h.heck@ftb-esv.de