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The new COST ACTION Lead Me is now launched

COST is an EU funding programme that enables researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond. It provides funds for organising conferences, meetings, training schools, short scientific exchanges or other networking activities in a wide range of scientific topics. The new LEAD ME action will create a collaborative environment where people and ideas can grow around the central issue of Media Accessibility.

LEAD-ME started on October 1st and will run for 4 years. During the Kick Off meeting, representatives from 24 EU countries voted Pilar Orero of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) as chair, and Robin Ribback from IPmedia (Germany) as vice chair.

Imatge: Engega la nova COST ACTION Lead Me

LEAD-ME aims to help all stakeholders in the field of Media Accessibility and cross-cutting topics (e.g. AI and Interactive Technologies) in Europe to meet the legal milestones requested by the recently passed European legislation. Researchers, engineers, scholars as well as businesses and policy makers will be empowered by LEAD-ME with a common and unique platform which, during the next 48 months, will collect, create, share, and disseminate innovative technologies and solutions, best practices and guidelines, and promote them. Furthermore, it will contribute towards existing and new standards on Media Accessibility among 28 European or associated countries.

To do so, the LEAD-ME network will make use of the specific tools of the COST Action: meetings and working group meetings; educational institutes, short-term scientific missions; dissemination activities. LEAD-ME will boost a cultural change and the creation of a new mindset when designing tools for professional and private activities for all European citizens of all abilities and disabilities. This COST Action is strongly needed to avoid further fragmentation in the European accessibility scene, challenging the European Single Digital Market idea. The uneven take-up in Europe is the direct result of the complex nature of Media, the background technology involved, the fast-changing technology and business models, and the wealth of EU languages. This counts for both the market, and research.

If you are interested in joining the action please write to pilar.orero@uab.cat

LTA PRESS RELEASE

Last week was the kick-off meeting of the LiveTextAccess project (LTA), led by Rocío Bernabé (University of Applied Languages, Munich) where the research group TransMedia Catalonia (Pilar Orero and Estel·la Oncins) is one of the partners. The project is co-funded by the European Union for the period 2018-2021.

Real-time subtitles enable live access to audiovisual content and in situations where support for communication is required. The need for real-time subtitles has risen since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the European Accessibility Act and the Audiovisual Media Service Directive. They urge service providers to ensure access to people with a visual or hearing disability.

At present, subtitlers lack specific training, and the profession has no clear or recognised status. LTA will harmonise the professional profile of real-time subtitlers across Europe and create open source training materials.

Trained LTA respeakers and velotypists will acquire specialised knowledge in high demand contexts such as:
– cultural events,
– parliamentary assemblies,
– broadcasts,
– workplace and
– education.

The training will also prepare for three different working settings:
– face-to-face,
– online and
– by relay.

The LTA consortium is a strong transnational and multisectoral cooperation that addresses social inclusion through innovation that focuses on user needs. The partners are: SDI Munich (Germany), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), Scuola superiore per mediatori The kick of meeting was organized at the Civica Scuola Interpreti e Traduttori Altiero Spinelli in Milan (Italy).linguistici of Pisa (Italy), ECQA (Austria), Velotype (Netherlands), SUBTI-Access (Italy), ZDF Digital (Germany) and the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (The Netherlands).

The kick of meeting was organized at the Civica Scuola Interpreti e Traduttori Altiero Spinelli in Milan (Italy).

MOOC sobre accessibilitat a les arts escèniques del projecte ACT

Es posa en marxa el MOOC sobre accessibilitat a les arts escèniques del projecte ACT.

En el marc del projecte ACT (Accessible Culture and Training), el grup de recerca TransMedia Catalonia ha liderat l’elaboració d’un “Massive Open Online Course” (MOOC) sobre gestió d’accessibilitat a les arts escèniques. L’objectiu d’aquest curs gratuït és formar futurs gestors en accessibilitat per a teatres i centres culturals. El curs l’han desenvolupat els socis del projecte justify: la UAB, la Universitat d’Anvers, la Universitat de Viena, Queen’s University Belfast, ECQA, NTGent, Trànsit projectes i el departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

Més informació sobre el MOOC: https://www.coursera.org/learn/accessibility-scenic-arts

Més informació sobre el projecte: projecte ACT

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