Presentations

What Monitoring eAccessibility is?

The general objective of this study is to monitor the status and progress made in eAccessibility in a series of selected countries identifying the best practices in the fields of legislation, policies and practices; ensuring a direct and active interaction between the relevant actors; defining, developing and applying a comparative analysis framework to monitor progress made in eAccessibility over time and among countries.

Objectives

The specific objectives of the study are the following:

  • Draw up an annual report, taking as a starting point the data provided by the study "Measuring Progress of eAccessiblity in Europe" (MeAC) and the material referred to therein. The new annual report must be more thorough and delve deeper in order to build upon and update the relevant information on legislative and non-legislative developments, activities and practices which directly or indirectly relate to improvement in eAccessibility.

  • Develop a tool for gathering the data compiled by the correspondents, carry out automated surveys with which to make databases and incorporate data from the different stakeholders.

  • Establish a direct and regular relationship with the relevant actors in the field of eAccessibility who can provide the necessary information for drawing up the two annual reports; validate the research findings and the benchmarking, and ensure the adequate use of the information compiled within the framework of this project.

  • Define, develop and apply a benchmarking framework for the monitoring and comparative analysis of the progress made in eAccessibility.

Scope

The progress made - and the remaining gaps - in eAccessibility, as well as the effectiveness of the various instruments all need to be regularly assessed. In accordance with the EU indications (from the European Commission's eAccessibility Communication of 2005, the Riga Declaration and European i2010 initiative on e-Inclusion), a series of measures have been taken both to ascertain the current eAccessibility status situation in Europe and to develop and apply eAccessibility policy at EU-level and across the Member States. Maintaining and enhancing this approach will set the bases for the know-how with which to adopt better-informed decisions with a view to achieving the eAccessibility aims established in the EU.

In order to speed up progress, the Commission will monitor and publish progress in web accessibility and e-accessibility. In this study it is presented an innovative approach for carrying out the evaluation and monitoring process as well as benchmarking and diffusion.

Background

This study is commissioned by the European Commission as a follow-up to the MEAC "Measuring Progress of eAccessibility in Europe", developed during the period 2006 - 2008, and aims to contribute to the development and implementation of the European Union's policy of eAccessibility. Should you wish to consult the annual MeAC reports, please follow this link.

European Union flagMonitoring eAccessibility in Europe is a study led by Technosite in partnership with NOVA and CNIPA, in collaboration with I2BC, The Blanck Group and CDLP-NUI, for the European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, Unit H.3 'ICT for inclusion'. The views expressed in the study do not reflect the official position of the European Commission.