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CDAC, Mumbai is organising two workshops titled “National Workshop on FOSS Desktop Accessibility” & “National Workshop on FOSS Adoption in Education” during August 26-27, 2011 as a part of National Resource Centre for Free/Open Source software (NRCFOSS) – Phase II initiative.
“National Workshop on FOSS Desktop Accessibility” on August 26, 2011 will focus on exploring the current trends in the field of accessibility particularly in regard to FOSS. This workshop intends to work as a platform to encourage the use of FOSS tools and techniques in creating assistive technologies that are free-of-cost, available to all, easily maintainable etc. for such a large portion of population in country like India. The workshop will also like to leverage the experiences of all stakeholders to identify and address the issues of those areas of accessibility that are still untouched.
Similarly, “National Workshop on FOSS Adoption in Education”, on August 27, 2011 is intended to explore the benefits, role, developments of technology, specifically FOSS, in education. FOSS provides software that are free of cost, easily maintainable, community support, customizability freedom, etc. Various FOSS tools in education will be demonstrated in the workshop. The participants will also get to experience the work of C-DAC Mumbai in promoting technology/FOSS in education. The workshop will provide an opportunity to interact with participants from different organizations and industry practitioners.
The workshop will involve keynote and invited lectures by distinguished researchers and/or professionals. We take this opportunity to extend you an invitation for participation in the above said workshops. Looking forward to see you or your representative at the event.
Kindly use the following URLs to access more details about the workshops:
National wrokshop on FOSS Desktop Accessibility
National Workshop on FOSS Adoption in Education

AEGIS logoSeville, Spain, 6-9 October 2010

The AEGIS project would like to kindly invite you to the 2nd Pan-European Workshop/User Forum and the 1st International AEGIS Conference entitled “Access for All in the desktop, web and mobile field: an end-user and developer perspective” which will take place in Seville, Spain on 6 and 7-8 October 2010 respectively. For the dedicated developers, a free developer camp (clinic) will take place on the 9th of October 2010. All events are organised by the AEGIS IP initiative (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards –, partially funded under FP7 (Theme: ICT‐2007.7.1; ICT & Ageing).

With an estimated total population of 501 million (, 1 January 2010), an estimated 45 million people in Europe have a LSHPD (long-standing health problem or disability). A mere 20-30% are believed to use Assistive Technology (AT), but concrete figures do not exist. In fact, most people with disabilities are not even aware of what AT exists. This workshop and conference aims to help spread the word on the existence of AT, and especially on technology that is freely available.

The Workshop/User Forum aims to bring together end-users and experts in the field of assistive technologies, from both the OSS community as well as the proprietary one, that focus on the accessibility of desktop, web and mobile applications. During the workshop the project will present the tools developed so far, and will stimulate discussions between both end-users and application developers vis-à-vis the project’s outcomes so far. The outcomes will be taken into account by the Consortium during the further course of the project. Participation to the workshop will be free of charge.

The conference aims to gather presenters that address both the end-users as well as the developers’ perspective in a number of areas (see topics below). Interactive demos of Assistive Technology ICT, in the Rich Internet Applications, Desktop Applications and Mobile Applications areas as well as developers’ tools that embed accessibility plug-ins will also be demonstrated in a separate exhibition area.

The participation fee will be €150 for researchers, €50 for students and people with disabilities and free for personal assistants.

In addition, an exhibition space will be provided as well which will be open throughout the conference duration. The fee for exhibitors will be € 300.

The registration form for each of the aforementioned events will be available shortly via the project’s website (

We kindly invite you and your colleagues to submit papers in the following categories:
– Scientific papers
– Technical papers

Conference topics (non-exhaustive list):
– Accessible desktop applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
– Accessible mobile applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
– Accessible Rich Internet Applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
– Accessibility and Standardisation (e.g. ISO, eInclusion, Policies, Legislation)
– Accessibility and Usability (e.g. Design for All)
– Accessibility research (e.g. Assistive technology usage by end-users and their satisfaction, innovative AT training via accessible e-learning)

Important dates:
– Call for papers: 31st March 2010 (to be published on-line at
– Abstracts submission deadline: 30th April 2010
– Notification of abstracts acceptance: 15th May 2010
– Paper submission deadline: 15th June 2010
– Notification of acceptance and outcome of review process: 30th June 2010
– Final camera ready papers: 15th August 2010
– Submission of external exhibitions by 31st August 2010
– Registration by 30th September 2010

Abstracts submission:
Abstracts submitted in the context of one of the above topics should not exceed 500 words. The title, authors and their contact and affiliation details (authors’ email address, telephone and fax number and affiliation name and address) as well as keywords (up to five) should be included.

Under the title of your abstract, please quote the relevant conference topic. We would strongly recommend you to propose more than one conference topics, if applicable, quoting them in priority order.

Abstracts should be submitted to by 30th April 2010.

Download the complete AEGIS 1st International Conference and 2nd User forum and Workshop Invitation (PDF).

The 2nd ACCESSIBLE project newsletter focuses on the progress of a survey on Accessible Software Implementation practices that was conducted by the project and which will continue to collect data till the end of the project duration.
Accessibility is a paramount issue nowadays. Authorities and experts are putting a lot of effort in pushing forward accessibility of software applications. However, despite this, ICT applications are in most cases not fully accessible yet. The triggering idea behind ACCESSIBLE is to contribute for better accessibility for all citizens, to increase the use of standards, and to develop an assessment simulation environment (including a suite of accessibility analysing tools, as well as developer-aid tools) to assess efficiently, easily and rapidly the accessibility and viability of software applications for all user groups. ACCESSIBLE will exploit the technologies behind the recent expansion of accessibility tools and standardisation methodologies, in order to provide an integrated simulation assessment environment for supporting the production of accessible software applications mobile or not. This will enable organisations and individuals (e.g. developers, designers, etc.) to produce software products of superior accessibility and quality, accompanied with appropriate measures and proposals for best practice. The proposed system will be demonstrated in the four pilots of ACCESSIBLE for the assessment of mobile applications, Web applications, Web services (mainly focusing on info-mobility services), and description languages (e.g. UML, SDL, etc.).