Jodi's new committee of volunteers
We now have a committee of volunteers to co-ordinate the Jodi Awards 2013. The committee will be working on the award process, re-vamping the website and helping to promote the Trust. We have a Committee Chair and Vice-Chair - the principal points of contact to the Board of Trustees; website editors (managing the technical and content aspects of the site); events co-ordinators (planning and managing the awards event); a communications team, and judging co-ordinators (liaising with the board of Judges). The Jodi Awards Committee is up and running!!
Christine Claus, Secretary General for Culture, Youth, Sports and Media at the Flemish Government comments
The second International Jodi Awards were presented by Christine Claus, Secretary-General of the Department for Culture, Youth, Sports and Media of the Flemish Government on 20 September. The Awards ceremony took place at the evening reception of the lively European Congress on E Inclusion (ECEI10) ’‘Delivering Digital Europe in Public Libraries’, an official EU Belgian Presidency event hosted by the Flemish Community and Civic Agenda
The Jodi Awards are for library, archive, museum, gallery, heritage and disability organisations. They are for best use of digital technology in the service of access for disabled people to information, collections and learning
The Winner is Berlin für Blinde. This innovative and highly accessible website opens new avenues in tourism for visually impaired people. Sighted and visually impaired journalists map the multi-sensory delights of Berlin, including in museums and public parks. Detailed way-finding information enhances independent mobility for blind visitors.
New York beyond Sight, receives a Commendation for Compelling Content. Visually Impaired and sighted people alike take delight in exquisite audio descriptions of famous New York urban heritage landmarks narrated by famous New Yorkers. Drawings of famous landmarks can be printed out anywhere in the world and transformed in into tactile pictures for blind people.
‘Art Signs’ of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, receives a Commendation for Sustainable Growth. It is one of few museums worldwide which has a commitment to increase its online presentations of art works in Sign Language year by year. American Sign Language users are enthusiastic and ‘the project is being developed in collaboration with the world famous Gallaudet University for deaf people.
Christine Claus, Secretary-General of the Department for Culture, Youth, Sports and Media of the Flemish Government, who presented the Awards said:
“Digital technology provides tremendous opportunities for a shared experience of library, archive, museum, gallery and heritage collections for disabled people, be this via assistive computer technology, accessible e-books and websites or mobile technology and interactive displays in cultural venues. The Jodi Awards Winners provide powerful inspiration at a time that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2008) recognises the right of disabled people to take part in cultural life on an equal basis”.
Marcus Weisen, Director of the Jodi Mattes Trust said:
The Jodi Awards celebrate best practice, which includes consideration for web accessibility, involvement of disabled people in the development of the project, the accessibility of cultural content and promotion to disabled people. Exemplary Winning projects push boundaries. Berlin für Blinde does just that. It helps us conjure up a picture of a world in which disabled people freely travel to the world’s many cultural cities, because they have easy access to all the information about accessible travel, entertainment and culture at their finger tips."
Posted on Tuesday 21st September, 2010