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ITU Intersector Rapporteur Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility

Category: events on Oct 21, 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: https://www.itu.int/en/irg/ava/Pages/default.aspx (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.

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