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  • EBU Accessibility Services Experts Meeting

    Category: events 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: (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.



    Category: events 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.

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  • Presentation of EasyTV at I Giornata d'Audiodescrizione

    Category: events on Oct 24th, 2018

    Date: 19th October 2018

    Place of celebration: CSAC (Università Degli Studi di Parma)

    Kind of event: Academic

    Outreach: 65

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    Summary of the participation: Last Friday 19th October EasyTv was presented in the I Giornata d'Audiodescrizione organised by the Università Degli Studi di Parma, Italy. The Conference was attended by over 60 people from all universities across Italy.


  • ITU Intersector Rapporteur Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility

    Category: events on Oct 21st, 2018

    Date: 16th October 2018

    Location: ONU – ITU - Geneva

    Kind of event: Meeting to study topics related to audiovisual media accessibility, to develop draft recommendations for “Access Systems”

    Outreach: Accessibility Professionals

    Link to the main event: (needs login)

    Summary of the participation:

    ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. ITU is committed to connecting all the people around the world– wherever they live and whatever their means. Through their work, ITU protects and supports everyone's fundamental right to com ITU is an organization based on public-private partnership since its inception. ITU currently has a membership of 193 countries and almost 800 private-sector entities and academic institutions. ITU is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

    October 16th 2018 two partners from EasyTV (CCMA and UAB) attended the IRG AVA meeting. The IRG-AVA studies topics related to audiovisual media accessibility and aims at developing draft Recommendations for "Access Systems" that can be used for all media delivery systems, including broadcast, cable, Internet, and IPTV

    Pilar Orero (UAB) and Francesc Mas (CCMA) presented the new advances achieved since last meeting in EasyTV project, focused on innovation, adaptation and improvement of the processes of production and distribution of accessibility services in the new environments of digital consumption.

    At the same time the presentation also showed the future steps of EasyTV project which will allow the creation and recommendation of new standards in the area of audiovisual accessibility, from production to distribution and consumption, and the elimination of barriers to access content thanks to the introduction of collaborative work techniques.


  • ASBU EBU Week of Technology

    Category: events on Oct 20th, 2018

    Date: 10th October 2018

    Location: Tunis

    Kind of event: Professional

    Outreach: About 40 broadcast professionals from several Arab States.

    CCMA Press Release:

    Summary of the participation:

    On Thursday, October 10, Francesc Mas, project manager of the Research and Innovation Engineering of the CCMA, participated in the technological conferences organized within the framework of the ASBU EBU Week of Technology to present the new challenges in accessibility to the audiovisual content in which the CCMA works. The conferences took place at the premises of the Arabian States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) in Tunis.

    In his speech, Francesc Mas presented the various projects that have allowed the CCMA to have a recognized system of production, management and dissemination of accessibility services, such as subtitling and audiodescription. He also summarized the existing recommendations and guidelines that allow to offer content of accessibility of quality without the cost being increased.

    In the same session, Mas showed the works carried out within the EasyTV project, which will allow the automated production of accessible content to increase .

    Accessibility is an indisputable right for everyone that allows audiovisual content of the media to be available to all citizens, regardless of their sensory capacities. With this objective, Arab States, through the Arabian States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU-UER), have initiated a project to introduce accessibility services to all its public television channels.