on Feb 21st, 2019
CCMA is organising an Audio subtitle Day to raise awareness of the accessibility possibilities of existing subtitling assets.
The day will look at the production, distribution, standardisation and regulations of audio subtitles, to offer workflow solutions and share existing know-how from other EU public broadcasters.
The event is organised from the EU funded projects EasyTV and ImAc.
In Europe media accessibility is moving fast from "raising awareness" to full implementation. This move is due to the publication in 2018 of the revised Audiovisual Media Directive
The new legal framework establishes new obligations along reporting conditions. While some traditional accessibility services such as subtitling or sign language interpreting are well known, perhaps due to its visibility in the screen, other services such as audio description or audio/spoken subtitles are still in their infancy.
EasyTV and ImAc are two of the three EC financed H2020 projects on accessibility focusing on audio subtitles.
During 2019 a number of workshops will be organized across Europe. The aim is to:
- show existing broadcast solutions across Europe,
- to present the ISO/IEC 20071-25
- gather requirements to the many existing workflows,
- to analyse costs
- propose a EU iconography for accessibility services
- and to think of solutions.
on Feb 21st, 2019
The coordinators of the ImAc, EasyTV, Content4ALL and SIGN-HUB organised the workshop “Beyond Media and Convergence accessibility cluster: a European perspective on accessibility” in the frame of Accessibility Cluster as part of the Media Convergence and Social Media Concertation Meeting organized by the European Commission.
The workshop was jointly organized by the coordinators of the ImAc, EasyTV, Content4ALL and SIGN-HUB projects with the aim of presenting each project goals, their current achievements and future developments. This was expected to facilitate networking and interaction among the projects coordinators and selected distinguished stakeholders, among others Policy Makers, User Organization representatives, European Commission representatives.
The workshop took place on the afternoon of Tuesday February 5th in Brussels, Belgium with the following agenda:
- 13.30 - 14.45 Forewords and chairing by a representative of EDF; ImAc, EasyTV, Content4ALL and SIGN-HUB individual presentations.
- 14.45 - 15.45 Projects demo, videos, posters and space for interaction
- 15.45 - 16.15 Coffee break and end of the public session
The workshop continued with a private session reserved to the members of the four projects to explore interactions and synergies among the different projects.
The event was chaired by Alejandro Moledo, Head of Policy at the European Disability Forum (EDF)
on Nov 26th, 2018
on Nov 22nd, 2018
Date: 9th November 2018
Location: Radio Telévision Suisse - Geneva
Kind of event: Meeting of experts on access services with the objective to raise the most important questions during a plenary session.
Outreach: 88 Accessibility Professionals.
Link to the main event:
https://showcase.ebu.ch/gallery/presentations-from-2018-ebu-access-services-event-rts-geneva-8-9-november (needs login to access)
Summary of the participation:
Every year, the European Union of Broadcasting (UER - EBU) organizes a meeting of experts on access services. The objective is to raise the most important questions during a plenary session that has become, over the years, the best meeting point for those who work in accessibility services through member organizations of the EBU . This event, which took place on November 9th and was attended by more than 85 participants (access services experts), is a great opportunity to meet other professionals who work on accessibility and share projects, exchange best practices, points of view and innovative proposals. This year, Francesc Mas, project manager of Engineering, Research and Innovation of the CCMA, presented the advances of the European project EasyTV through a demonstration stand where users could experiment with the tasks and first results carried out within the EasyTV project, which will increase and improve the automated production of accessible content.
on Nov 19th, 2018
On 16 November, the European Disability Forum (EDF) and Österreichischer Behindertenrat hosted and event on “Using Artificial Intelligence to enhance accessibility - Opportunities and risks of emerging technologies for persons with disabilities”. The aim was to fully explore the potential of emerging technologies. It focused on technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and aimed to debate and promote a universal design approach in their development, supporting enhanced accessibility for persons with disabilities.
The event was sponsored by Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Amazon, My Handicap and Essl Foundation.
Pilar Orero (UAB) presented EasyTV Project as an example of personalization and how AI could go beyond when designing interaction to TV content. At the end of the event input was collected from the more than 100 participants towards a new report on emerging technologies describing the opportunities, challenges and risks that these new technologies may entail for persons with disabilities, in which several ICT players have contributed with interviews.
For more information: http://www.edf-feph.org/events/16-november-using-artificial-intelligence-enhance-accessibility-opportunities-and-risks