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Delegates from all over Scotland brave snow to attend Jodi Awards 2010

Award Winner Historic Royal Palaces makes it to Edinburgh

The Winners of the UK Jodi Awards 2010 for accessible digital culture were announced yesterday at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. In spite of the grim weather conditions, some 30 delegates from many parts of Scotland and England attended the ‘Doing Digital Sensibly’ seminar about digital inclusion organised jointly organised by Digital Access Scotland, the Jodi Mattes Trust, the Scottish Archive Network, National Archives of Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland and the Scottish Libraries and Information Council.

The Jodi Awards, given for the first time in Scotland, gave the seminar a festive feel.

The Jodi Awards are for library, archive, museum, gallery, heritage and disability organisations. They are for best use of digital technology to widen access for disabled people to information, collections and learning.

The 2010 winners are:

Winner Digital Access Online: Historic Royal Palaces, British Sign Language visitor information,

Commendation for Digital Access for People with a Learning Disability:Inclusive Communication Essex

Commendation for Digital Access onsite:">Medicine at the Movies, a partnership of six museums, including the Thackray Museum, the British Dental Association Museum and the George Marshall Medical Museum.

Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said:

“As museums and galleries continue to open up their collections and resources to audiences online we must ensure that we are meeting the needs of all people to access them.”

“Museums Galleries Scotland is pleased to support the JODI Awards. Celebrating the innovative projects that have been awarded today should inspire us as a sector to consider how we continue to make culture accessible digitally, for disabled people and under-represented audiences.”

Marcus Weisen, Director of the Jodi Mattes Trust said:

“Working with the cultural bodies of Scotland has been a great pleasure. At ‘Doing Digital Sensibly’, we discussed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, which recognises the right of disabled people to take part ‘on equal terms’ in cultural life. The journey towards this goal is exciting and will harness the cultural sector’s great creative skills. The Jodi Awards celebrate best practice and share out the learning. I very much hope that a growing number of organisations from Scotland will join the process and nominate projects for the Jodi Awards.”

Posted on Thursday 2nd December, 2010


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