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Access to Locally Televised On-Screen Information

Principal researcher

Name: Geoff Freed

Contact details: Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media, WGBH Educational Foundation, 125 Western Ave., Boston, MA 02134, United States of America.
Tel: +1 617 300 4223; Fax: +1 617 300 4223
Email: geoff_freed@wgbh.org

Website: http://ncam.wgbh.org/onscreen/

Project details

Start date: 10/2005
End date: 09/2008

Description: NCAM's Access to Locally Televised On-Screen Information project will explore and prototype DTV solutions that enable local television stations to send messages, warnings and alerts that meet the communication needs of people with sensory disabilities. Project activities include: Create metadata schemes for linking text with graphics, and for exporting text to speech synthesizers. Develop prototype software utilities that import data from various sources, then extract, transform and prepare it for prioritized text display or for speech output. Create demonstration models within newsroom facilities of partner television stations. Publish accessibility guidelines for local television stations which suggest implementation schemes for various equipment configurations, and provide recommendations for further study.

Other organisations involved in this project

Funding for Access to Locally Televised On-Screen Information is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

Last updated: 20/03/2010