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Brief Introduction

AEGIS is a highly multidisciplinary Consortium (composed of key industry players, SMEs, universities, research institutes, end user organisations, etc.), with expertise in various disciplines relevant to accessible ICT. However, the Consortium is looking at the external world as well. AEGIS open source accessibility solutions maintenance, update and exploitation require a body to undertake action for its further uptake, promotion and exploitation. The key industrial partners of the consortium, together with users' representatives and the active support of the Scientific Advisory Board have developed an Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG) with the aim to:

  • promote the uptake of the AEGIS accessibility open source solutions through a coherent set of incentives and ultimately standardisation,
  • maintain and upgrade the AEGIS Open Accessible Framework and the individual open source software resulting from the project, after the project's lifetime.

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Mission and Strategic Objectives

AEGIS is proud to announce the launch of the Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG). 20 Companies and Organizations coming from all over the world are collaborating in a €12.6M Accessibility Research and Development Effort, the so-called AEGIS Integrated Project, which aims to solve accessibility challenges for all devices, from cell phones to desktops and Web applications, under the leadership of the Hellenic Institute of Transport of the Hellenic Centre for Research and Technology and ORACLE and co-funded by the 7th Framework EU Programme.

The AEGIS Integrated Project Consortium will help to define new approaches and solutions for building accessibility support into future information and communication technologies. A key component of the AEGIS Project is that it will leverage open source accessibility technologies wherever possible. More information can be found at: http://www.aegis-project.eu/.

The AEGIS acronym stands for "Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards". Participants in the AEGIS Project include: Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM; project Coordinator), ORACLE (Technical Manager), Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), Ontario College or Art and Design (IDRC), AOL, Blue Point IT Solutions S.R.L., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), the University of Cambridge (UCAM), Czech Technical University in Prague (CVUT), European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR), Femtio Procent Data AB (FPD), Vodafone Spain Foundation (FVE), Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (FhG/IAO), ONCE Foundation (FONCE), Research In Motion Limited (RIM), SINGULARLOGIC Information Systems and Software Applications (SILO), the Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital – DART. Advising the AEGIS project is a distinguished Scientific Advisory Board comprised of worldwide leaders in the field of accessibility.

The AEGIS Project involves research and prototypes that address a broad range of disabilities, including: vision impairment, hearing impairment, physical impairment, and a range of cognitive/developmental disabilities. The participants plan to address accessibility challenges across three key areas: open source desktop computing, Rich Internet Applications (RIA) and mobile devices; with a multitude of research and development goals within each of these areas.

The Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG) is a coordinated effort of the AEGIS Consortium, which aims to bring together all open source accessibility communities, as well as the techniques and approaches they use.
Thus, the OAEG anticipates to be "the community of the communities" in the open accessibility world.

The OAEG Strategic Objectives are the following:

  • To bring together all communities and initiatives/initiators active in open accessibility fields.
  • To allow exchange of information and update in progress in accessibility and open source work worldwide.
  • To publish the latest news, events, documents and open source s/w or learning objects releases relevant to accessibility, maintaining a knowledge base which will provide the release, alternative versions of that, info about the specifier, developer, user of s/w-learning object, user testing info, etc.
  • To allow the exchange of views of renowned developers, experts but also users on the level of accessibility of released products in accordance to international standards and daily practice.
  • To allow direct communication between developers and end-users that are active in the accessibility world.
  • To evolve and improve constantly, following the trends and progress in the field, and incorporating the active recommendation and guidance of designers, developers, experts involved in user testing, users and all other types of experts involved in any way in the field.