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Publication type: Book
Type of review: Editorial review
Title: Accessible digital documentary heritage : guidelines for the preparation of documentary heritage in accessible formats for persons with disabilities
Authors: Darvishy, Alireza
Manning, Juliet
et. al: No
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-20991
Extent: 21
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher / Ed. Institution: UNESCO
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Paris
Language: English
Subjects: Digital heritage; Documentary heritage; Access to information; Disabled persons
Subject (DDC): 004: Computer science
020: Library and information sciences
305: Groups (age, origine, gender, income)
Abstract: This publication recognizes the importance of digitization of culture for persons with disabilities within the fulfillment of their right to universal access to cultural and linguistic heritage. Going beyond providing a general understanding of the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in getting access to digitized documentary heritage, the publication offers a set of guidelines to ensure that digitized heritage documents are accessible to persons of all abilities. The guidelines help parties involved in the digitization of heritage documents, such as librarians, archivists, museums workers, curators, conservators and concerned stakeholders in carefully planning digital platforms and contents with a view to incorporating disability and accessibility aspects. By following certain standards for accessibility and incorporating assistive software and hardware tools into the development phase, digital documentary heritage repositories will allow those with vision, hearing, motor, or cognitive impairments to access and participate in culture. The guidelines have been structured in such a way that makes it easy for different types of stakeholder to navigate and assess various aspects to which they must commit to. For this purpose, two types of guidelines are proposed: a) basic guidelines – intended for stakeholders who commission documentary cultural heritage platforms; and b) advanced guidelines – prepared for content creators of these platforms. This resource reiterates the commitment of the Communication and Information Sector at UNESCO to support Member States in ensuring universal access to cultural and linguistic heritage without leaving anyone behind, strengthening the foundations for global Knowledge Societies that pave the way for Sustainable Development Goals.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY-SA 3.0: Attribution - Share alike 3.0 Unported
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Information Technology (InIT)
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