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Project number: 224348
Project acronym: AEGIS
Project title: Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards
Starting date: 1 September 2008
Duration: 48 Months
AEGIS is an Integrated Project (IP) within the ICT programme of FP7

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  1. 1. ETNA – European ThematicNetwork on Assistive Informationand Communication TechnologiesLindsay Evett, David Brown, David Colven, Andrew Lysley, Renzo AndrichISRG NTU, ACE centre, Polo Tecnologico Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  2. 2. IntroductionThe overall goal of the ETNA thematic network is to establish a European Web Portal able to provide information on assistive products based on ICT (information and communication technologies) and e- accessibility solutions which are available in Europe, and on related organizations and servicesTo give access to repositories of freeware, open source software products, tools for developers of assistive solutions, and for mainstream developers to make their products accessiblePlatform to share expertise, ideas, views, resources and experience AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  3. 3. Introduction (contd.)European Assistive Technology Information Network (EASTIN) portal is the startWill take advantage of existing repositories such as SpeechBubble, OATSoft, OAEGWill be maintained through a collaborative effort of the partnersFull multilingualism for all EU languages; integrate range of various different Info Systems resources (EASTIN features) AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  4. 4. Six main stages1. Identify information needs of all stakeholders, to specify requirements of the portal2. Inventory of existing EU resources, deciding what to include3. Classify the key features of ICT AT products through appropriate ontologies4. Classify authoring systems and developers tools through appropriate ontologies5. EASTIN portal upgraded to ensure unified and efficient access to all resources6. Field-test the portal, to evaluate effectiveness in meeting the identified needs, fine-tune the portal AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  5. 5. ConsortiumPartners (23) chosen to represent the range ofcommitment and expertise, at national and internationallevel, across the AT domain – academic/research,industrial/development, service delivery, health/socialservices, AT usage/user organisations across Europe: Organisations committed to public information provision in AT and educational technology, many part of EASTIN Organisations specialised in research, development and application of ICT accessibility and assistive solutions Organisations of people with disabilities with significant experience of research and promotion of social inclusion through ICT Professional networks supporting the advancement of AT AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  6. 6. ETNA collaborates with ATIS4AllATIS4All: European Thematic Network to facilitate access to the most suitable AT or accessibility device and service according to needs, preferences and contextual characteristics (lead: Technosite)Open, collaborative portal offering reliable information on AT and inclusive products and services, and cutting-edge technologicalTogether involve 42 leading institutions in 16 European countries AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  7. 7. ETNA, ATIS4All, complementary focusETNA: focus on search engine application, enabling all the stakeholders to access the data and resources available through a multilingual interface.ATIS4All: focus on building Web 2.0 applications to create an active online community, enhancing dialogue, sharing and participation among users, researchers and developers. AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  8. 8. AspirationsMake information on available AT and accessibility products and services across Europe more transparent and easily available to usersConnect developers, providers and suppliers of ICT AT solutions across Europe, to advance solutionsConnect researchers, developers, professionals with end- usersEnable mainstream developers to create more accessible productsOvercome fragmentation in ICT AT and accessibility markets, to improve and support performance in the market AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  9. 9. ChallengesPace of development – ICT AT fastest developing in AT world, adaptive, can be mainstream, don’t fit easily in to existing classificationsSpecialised knowledge of needs can be isolated – needs connectingKnowledge of ICT assistive products can also be fragmentedWide range of stakeholders have different information needs – unified access to all resources for all stakeholders AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  10. 10. Progress so farWP2: Map of information needs – identify ICT AT domains, stakeholders and their search needs (search profiles), types of information to be covered to meet those needs, challenges (dynamic, mainstream, pervasive, accessibility, inclusion, social participation, digital natives)WP3: Map of resources – exploring and classifying useful, varied, internet resources concerned with various aspects of ICT AT; inventory; analysing criteria for inclusion/exclusion and strategies for linking to the ETNA portal search engine; possible quality indicators; review of newly reengineered EASTIN portal; ISO 9999:2011WP4: Ontology of ICT-based assistive products (Jan 2012) AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  11. 11. Examples of Resources from Initial List Software source oodes Software applications Product recordsName of the provider Brief description of the resources TOPIC Case Studies(in English) provided Regulations Language Projects Forums Articles Ideas News FAQs AT general X X X X X X X Public searchable databases of products, companies, centres, ideas,SIVA Portal on case studies, fact sheets; online advice; forum IT ENassistive technologies AAC products X X Public searchable databases of AAC products ENSpeechBubble X X X X ENOpen Source Assistive AT software repository; online repository of open source AT software; platform for open source AT developersTechnology Software resources for development(OATS) X X X X X Repository of open source AT and resources for development; ENAEGIS Open AT software repository; information on accessibility standards; blog aggregatorAccessibility resources for developmentEverywhere Group(OAEG)Online-database accessible ICT AT and related X X Product and supplier database DE equipment ENcommunication AAC applications X A listing of iOS apps in the area of AAC – with short descriptions, and links to more ENAppsForAAC detailed information, reviews and ratings. Supports comments from site visitors etc. AAC applications X Comprehensive list of apps with concise information and links to further information, EN maintained in three categories: Apps with Symbols/Pictures only, Apps with SymbolsiPhone/iPad Apps for AAC and Text-to-Speech, Text based apps only. Comments and ratings based on a defined list of criteria. AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
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  13. 13. Selection by CharacteristicsQuick Search AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  14. 14. Search results - comparisons AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  15. 15. OATS – www.oatsoft.orgOATSoft is dedicated to improving Assistive Technology and computer accessibility through the power of Open Source development techniques. OATSoft makes the best Open Source Assistive Technology Software (OATS) easy to find. Users and developers meet at OATSoft to create better software.Users, find useful free software and discuss and work with developers to get the features that you want.Developers, work with users and other projects to develop new features and shared re-usable components.Open Source Software is free and the source code that makes the software is freely available. It is developed by international communities operating on-line.Assistive Technology Software allows people with disabilities to overcome some of the disabling effects of society and technology, including computer and web accessibility. AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  16. 16. Open Accessibility Everywhere GroupOAEG Mission Statement:The Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG), co-ordinated effort of the AEGIS consortium, to bring together all open source accessibility communities, the techniques and approaches they use; exchange and share; open source s/w, learning objects, knowledge base of themThus, the OAEG aspires to be “the community of the communities” in the open accessibility world AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  17. 17. SummaryAim to establish European Web Portal to provideinformation on ICT-based assistive products, e-accessibility solutions, related organisations andservices. So far, the project has considered: information needs of all the stakeholders; classification of resources; definition of a linking strategy; definition of inclusion and exclusion criteria of providers and resources; identification of relevant quality indicators for the resources; initial detailed list of resources and providers. AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  18. 18. SourcesACE centres (2011). ACE Centre Advisory Trust,, accessed 22/8/11AEGIS (2008). AEGIS: Open Accessibility Everywhere:Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards,, accessed 22/8/11ATIS4All (2011). European Thematic Network on AssistiveTechnologies and Inclusive Solutions for All,, accessed 22/8/11EASTIN (2005). European Assistive Technology InformationNetwork, 21/11/11 AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels
  19. 19. Sources (contd.)ETNA (2011). European Thematic Network on AssistiveInformation Technologies,,accessed 22/8/11International Organisation for Standardisation (2011). ISO9999:2011 Assistive products for persons with disability -Classification and terminology, 20/11/11OAEG (2008). Open Accessibility Everywhere Group. accessed 31/8/11OATSoft (2009). OATS – Open Source Assistive TechnologySoftware. accessed 30/8/11SpeechBubble (2010). SpeechBubble: technology that gives youa voice, accessed 22/8/11 AEGIS Workshop and International Conference, Brussels