Vorträge

George Kerscher: The Changing Practices in Universities. New Regulations, Expectations and Attitudes.

Many independent forces are converging to make universities more accessible.  „Inclusion“ is the buzz word in the tech sector,  on the Web, in the strategic plans of responsible companies, in legal frameworks and in publishing.  This presentation will explore the initiatives that are impacting society in general and universities in particular. The session will look at the standards and other developments that are making major advancements. The impact of procurement and how universities and their professors select and develop course materials will be considered. The significant issue of university staff and their skills will be highlighted. Finally we will examine the areas that are lagging and where we can anticipate continued challenges.

Abstract George Kerscher_Changing Practices in Universities

“Access to information is a fundamental human right.” 2003 to the United Nations

George Kerscher began his IT innovations in 1987 and coined the term „print disabled.“ George is dedicated to developing technologies that make information not only accessible, but also fully functional in the hands of persons who are blind or who have a print disability. He believes properly designed digitally published materials and web pages can make information accessible to all people.  George is an advocate for semantically rich content which can be used effectively by everybody. As Chief Innovations Officer of the DAISY Consortium, Senior Advisor, Global Literacy to Benetech, and member of Publishing Groups in the W3C, Kerscher is a recognized international leader in document access.  In addition, Kerscher chairs the DAISY/NISO Standards committee, Chairs the Steering Council of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

 

Antje Graf/ Anja Pfaffenzeller: „Inclusive OCW“: Inklusive kollaborative Erstellung und Nutzung von OpenCourseWare in der Berufsförderung von Menschen mit Seheinschränkung (Projektvorstellung)

Das Projekt InclusiveOCW hat sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, eine barrierefreie Lehr- und Lernplattform basierend auf der Idee von Wikipedia bereitzustellen. Diese soll es ermöglichen, gut strukturierte, mehrsprachige Lehr-/Lerninhalte auf einfache Weise gemeinschaftlich im Web zu erstellen, zu teilen, zu überarbeiten und wiederzuverwenden. Dafür wird die bereits vor 9 Jahren aus einem Projekt entstandene Lernplattform SlideWiki (Slidewiki.org) erweitert und in ihrer Funktionalität verbessert. Hauptaufgabe der DZB wird es zum einen sein, die Barrierefreiheit der Plattform sowie der Lehr-/Lerninhalte nach BITV und WCAG zu prüfen und zum anderen ein Konzept zu entwickeln, mit dem es möglich sein wird, zentral aus rechtlichen Gründen geschützte Inhalte für blinde Nutzer zugänglich zu machen.

Das Projekt wird vom Berufsförderungswerk Halle (Saale) gGmbH (BFW Halle) geleitet und durch eine Kooperation von verschiedenen Projektteilnehmern (Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), Forschungszentrum, L3S, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Fraunhofer IAIS, Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde (DZB)) gewährleistet.

Abstract Antje Graf_Inclusive OCW

Antje Graf schloss im Jahr 2008 ihr Diplom im Studiengang Verlagsherstellung an der HTWK Leipzig ab. Ihre Diplomarbeit verfasste Sie zum Thema „Lesen im Alter – der demografische Wandel als Herausforderung für Buchverlage“. Seit 2007 war sie bei dem Verlagsdienstleister le-tex publishing services GmbH tätig. Ihr Aufgabenschwerpunkt lag im Projektmanagement in den Bereichen elektronische Medien und Zeitschriftenproduktion. Seit April 2018 ist sie am Projekt InclusiveOCW bei der DZB beteiligt und unterstützt dabei das Teilvorhaben: Accessibility und Usability für Blinde und Sehbehinderte.

Anja Pfaffenzeller arbeitet am Berufsförderungswerk für Blinde und Sehbehinderte Halle (Saale). Als Ausbilderin ist sie mit der Testung und praktischen Anwendung von im SlideWiki-Projekt erstellten Lehr- und Lerninhalten im Unterricht befasst. Sie ist Absolventin der Ausbildung für Projektgründer bei Kanthari International (Indien) und baute eine vorbereitende Schule für Blinde in Brasilien auf. Während dieser Tätigkeit war die Zugänglichkeit von Lehrmaterialien für blinde Schüler*innen immer wieder Thema.

 

Brad Turner: Bookshare: Helping Higher Education Provide Accessible Books to Students

Universities in the USA, Germany, and many countries around the world provide services for students with disabilities. Usually, these services include providing accessible versions of books, partial books, or other documents for students who cannot use print material. Creating accessible versions of these books requires the university to request a copy from the publisher or scan and proof the book. Adding complexity to the challenge is that students in higher education use a broad selection of books from all over the world. Unfortunately, the work of the student services office is frequently duplicated across multiple universities due to a lack of sharing or coordination.

This session addresses how Bookshare, an initiative of Benetech, provides technology that allows universities to set up their own university-branded accessible library that automatically converts, stores and distributes titles to students with disabilities. It also discusses how Bookshare utilizes books provided by publishers and books scanned under a national copyright exception to offer a large and ever-growing collection of titles in 34 languages. Universities can find accessible books in the large collection, or they can create accessible versions of new books students need and put them in the library dedicated to higher education, quickly building a collection of frequently used titles. This removes duplication and enables student services offices to provide a broader range of titles. Additionally, with the impending EU ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, more books are available from more countries. Learn how Bookshare’s distribution engine enables books created in any ratifying country to be distributed directly to the consumer in any other ratifying country, reducing the workload for student services offices. Finally, hear about how Bookshare, in conjunction with other accessible libraries, are driving systemic change in the publishing industry by implementing a global accessibility certification program for books.

Abstract Brad Turner_Bookshare

Brad Turner is the Vice President of Global Literacy for Benetech. In this role, he leads Bookshare, the world’s largest library of accessible books for people with vision, processing, or physical disabilities that affect their use of printed material. Brad also leads the Born Accessible effort, driving systemic change within the publishing industry by providing tools and standards for accessible materials. The Global Certified Accessible program is a key component of the Born Accessible initiative; it is a worldwide program offering third-party certification to publishers creating accessible books. Also in Global Literacy is the DIAGRAM center, tasked with making science, technology, engineering, art, and math content accessible. Prior to joining Benetech, Brad served as the VP of Marketing and Business Development at Inkiru, a big data predictive analytics platform which was acquired by Wal-Mart. Brad was the Founder and CEO of Through the Lens, Inc., where his team created the first SaaS-based medical data management solution for dermatologists and plastic surgeons.  Brad’s career includes executive marketing and business development roles at education technology startups, search engine companies, and networking companies.