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odt2daisy, odt2braille in Create&Convert

Odt2daisy and Odt2braille (both outcomes of the EC funded AEGIS FP7 project) have been included in Create&Convert, a package of open-source programs that can quickly translate electronic documents into an accessible alternative format. Create&Convert is devised by the JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland North & East. It helps educational institutions comply with the Equality Act 2010, which came into force on 1 October of this year.
The Create&Convert website includes a few videos that illustrate the process of creating an accessible document, exporting to DAISY and exporting to Braille. The OpenOffice version of Create&Convert (see “OpenWriter version”) can be downloaded for free and can be run from a USB pendrive.

4th newsletter

The AEGIS Consortium is pleased to announce the fourth issue of the AEGIS Newsletter. The special focus of this fourth issue is on AEGIS’ 1st International Conference & 2nd Pan-European Workshop/User Forum, as well as on the new release of odt2braille software package developed within our project. We hope that you will also enjoy the interview with the member of AEGIS’s Advisory Board, Prof. Gregg Vanderheiden, Director of Trace R&D Center University of Wisconsin-Madison. And as always, the articles in this issue present the ongoing work, experiences, accomplishments, and lessons learned by the AEGIS partners. An overview of past and forthcoming events where the project has or will be featured is also presented. Please feel free to contact us for any further details, comments, or just to share your experiences in the above fields of interest.

CARDIAC - Accessible and Assistive ICT

The main aim of the CARDIAC Coordination Action is to improve the overall success of Challenge 7 ICT 2009 7.2 ‘Accessible and Assistive ICT’ by drafting research agenda road-maps that highlight research priorities that will favour eAccessibility. It aims to do this by looking into the wide range of issues that play a role in the availability of accessible and assistive ICT. The issues range from future research priorities, development and design aspects, right through to making the business case and the adoption or non-adoption of a particular technology or service.
One of the main tasks of the project will be to generate research agenda road-maps that identify the research topics that will require support in the short, medium and long term, both in terms of raising awareness and additional funding for research activities.
The research agenda road-maps are to be generated in consultation with all the relevant stakeholders (users, user organisations, industry, researchers, regulators, standardisation bodies, government agencies, European Commission, etc.). The consultation will be carried out through meetings, seminars, publications, wikis and workshops. One of the techniques at the heart of this consultation is the Structured Dialogic Design Process (SDDP), which is basically a structured methodology for harnessing the collective wisdom of a wide range of stakeholders (see overleaf for further explanations).
These events will be a key opportunity for all stakeholders to influence future research priorities and agendas. If you would be interested in participating in this consultation process or in one of these SDDP co-laboratories, please make contact at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Further information can be found at:

Main Events

  • 1st SDDP on “Technology Transfer”, 28-30 October 2010, in Cyprus
  • 2nd SDDP on “Inclusive Human-Machine Interaction”, June 2011, Spain
  • 3rd SDDP on “Network-based Applications”, May 2012, Florence
  • Final Event & SSDP, January 2013
AEGIS at Interactive Technologies and Games: Education, Health and Disability conference

The paper "Designing Mobile Applications for All: Accessible Contact Manager", written byJon Azpiroz, Ana Arroyo, Karel Van Isacker, Giovanni del Grosso, and M. Fernanda Cabrera-Umpierrez will be presented at the Interactive Technologies and Games: Education, Health and Disability conference on 26th and 27th October 2010, at the Nottingham Conference Centre, at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK. The aim of the conference is to bring together academics and practitioners to showcase practice and to mainstream research ideas and outcomes. It will introduce a wider audience to key findings and products from research and will illustrate how practice feeds back into and informs research. Joint academic-practitioner papers are welcomed; the conference will create a forum for two-way communication between the academic and practitioner communities. Selected papers from the conference will be published in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Game-Based Learning.

Venue: Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University

Date: Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th October 2010

Time: 08.00 to 17.00

AEGIS @ ICT 2010

AEGIS participated in the ICT 2010 networking session "Built-in accessibility assessment and interoperability architectures in products of the future", which took place on 28/09/2010 (16:00-17:30).

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