[Athen] Free EASI Webinar: Updating the Diagram Center to Enhance Image accessibility

Prof Norm Coombs norm.coombs at gmail.com
Tue Aug 11 10:53:41 PDT 2015

Free EASI Webinar: Updating the Diagram Center to Enhance Image

Tuesday August 18 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 Eastern

Presenter: Lisa Wadors

"As digital content is quickly shifting to include richer, more visual
components like complex graphics, simulations and interactives, the need
to make images accessible has become ever more pressing. To address this
need, Benetech launched the DIAGRAM Center—a research and development
hub working to set standards, generate best practices and design tools
to ensure that images found in digital content (like eBooks) are
accessible to everyone."

Visit the Diagram Center home page diagramcenter.org

The Diagram center says that four main areas drive its work, informed by
its founding goals and objectives:

•Standards – In the fast-moving, ever-changing world of digital content
standards, our goal is to make sure that accessibility is always part of
the equation so that publishers and other content creators can easily
figure out what they need to do to make their products accessible to
all. Standards facilitate creation of accessible content when it’s
needed: at the moment of publication.

•Tools & Software Development – Poet is DIAGRAM’s free open-source tool
for crowd-sourced image description. In keeping with our goal of
dramatically changing the way image and graphic content for accessible
instructional materials (AIM) are produced and accessed, we also partner
with other organizations to develop tools that achieve this goal.

•Research – DIAGRAM both conducts its own research and partners with
other organizations to conduct research in exciting areas such as
tactile graphics, 3D printing, haptic feedback, accessibility metadata,
and interactive graphics.

•Training & Outreach – We conduct free quarterly webinars for content
creators on image description, accessible math, and many other topics.
In addition, we maintain a blog and Twitter feed to keep the community
abreast of developments.

Use the link below to register for this August 18 free Webinar:


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·free access to all fee-based Webinars

·discount on EASI online courses on accessible information technology

·free access to dozens of previous Webinar archives

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Norm (norm.coombs at gmail.com <mailto:norm.coombs at gmail.com>)

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