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Whitney Museum Video Blogs break new ground

The International Jodi Awards 2011 were given in the morning plenary session of the International DISH 2011 (Digital Stategies for Heritage) Conference in Rotterdam, on 8 December.

The Video Blog Projet of the Whitney Museum of American Art received a glowing Commendation for several exemplary qualities.

Whitney Video Blogs (Vlogs) are original short videos featuring Deaf museum educators communicating in American Sign Language, focusing on topics in contemporary art or exhibitions on view at the Museum.

All videos are sub-titled. They are included in the museum’s online video collection – and some are among the most popular videos watched by all web visitors. Guest Judge Tone Moseid from the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Board presented the Commendation to Danielle Linzer, the Museum's Manager of Access and Community Programs and praised the project:

‘’The Whitney Video Blog’s commitment to sustainability and growth shines through. Every month a video with American Sign Language is added. Such a commitment remains an exception today, yet cultural opportunities online for Deaf people remain scarce.

When the museum found out that free and easy-to-use sub-titling software is available, it decided to begin to sub-title all its videos, widening access for people with a hearing loss. Hard of hearing people represent the largest group of people with a disability. Few museums take this inclusive approach.

The blogs are ‘mainstreamed’ into the Museum Video Blog collections, creating the beginnings of a truly inclusive resource. We wish this innovative and experimental project every success.”

Read the Whitney Video Blog case-study.

Posted on Wednesday 21st December, 2011


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