Jodi Awards acknowledge digital media access

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 14:32pm

The tenth anniversary Jodi Awards were held this week at the UK’s annual Museums Conference, celebrating high quality projects that contribute to accessible digital culture.

Highlighting the best use of technology to widen access to information, learning, collections and creativity for people in museums, libraries, archives and heritage, the award categories were updated in this significant anniversary year to acknowledge the role digital media plays in everyday society.

  • Access planning and user involvement – won by the Imperial War Museum for its multisensory Historic Duxford airfield tour, inclusive of audio description, sign language interpretation and tactile exhibits.
  • Innovation – three commendations were awarded:
    • Disability in Time and Place – a web project exploring the relationship between disabled people and the historic environment.
    • Bedding Out - a performance about the UK benefits system changes and their impact on disabled.
    • Sound Canvas - a multisensory installation that enables audiences to experience art using sensors, light boxes and digital technology.
  • Legacy and impact – London Beyond Sight by VocalEyes where 40 famous Londoners audio described significant landmarks and buildings.
  • International digital access online – éole by the Association Valentin Hauy. This digital library provides a collection of accessible books for free. The website itself is also accessible and user-friendly, to include people who are not regular computer users.

The annual awards are named after the late Jodi Mattes, a British champion of equal access to culture for people with disabilities.

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