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After 4 years of activities, the OASIS project is coming to the end. This International Final Conference will be the opportunity to present the project’s outcomes and to gather all relevant academic and industrial stakeholders to discuss about the OASIS applications together with the beneficiaries of the project, older people and all those people in the need of assistance. Therefore the OASIS International Conference will host the User Forum and the Scientific Advisory Board meeting. The first event, scheduled on Tuesday 15th November in the morning, will give the invited beneficiaries the opportunity to test the OASIS applications and their on-line trainings, touching by hand the devices developed by the project and discussing with the developers about their functions and potentials. The second meeting, organised on Wednesday 16th November, will involve the OASIS international experts and will gather their views and further advice on the applications and their interoperability.

Designer and developers, as well as people with disabilities and older people that will be the main users and beneficiaries of the VERITAS system, are invited to register for our forthcoming Pan-European User Forum on 29 November 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic. Members of the User Forum will in future also have the opportunity to apply for participation in testing of VERITAS services, and will be able to participate in project conferences at a reduced fee.

Equally, all relevant stakeholders are also welcome to our Pan-European Workshop on 30 November 2010 the day after where all interested parties will be able to join the debate.

Preliminary program

November 29 2010

  • 10:00 – 12:00 VERITAS SAB meeting
  • 13:30 – 17:00 User Forum
  • 13:30 – 17:00 VUMS clustering meeting (in parallel with User Forum)

November 30 2010 – 1st Pan-European VERITAS Workshop

  • 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome by the Dean of CVUT FEL
  • 9:15 – 9:30 Project overview (FhG)
  • 9:30 – 10:00 Technical Description (CERTH/ITI) – Models presentation, tools, architecture
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Examples from the developers (LMS/HS)
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00 – 11:30 User requirements (MCA / LMS)
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Task analysis (MCA)
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
  • 13:00 – 14:30 Abstract user models (UPM / UNITN / ITACA)
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break
  • 15:00 – 15:45 Use cases (CERTH / HIT) – Discussion & prioritization
  • 16:15 – 16:30 Invited speakers from cluster
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Wrap-up & Closing (FhG/CERTH/ITI)

To participate, please complete the registration form.

The ÆGIS project now also has a dedicated user forum available online where people that are interested to comment on various topics, can do so in various categories:

  • Developers: Developers involved in software development for desktop, mobile, internet and rich internet applications can comment here on accessibility aspects related to assistive technologies.
  • End-users: Web applications: What is your view on the accessibility of internet applications and the internet overall?
  • End-users: Mobile applicationsEnd-users: What are your thoughts on the accessibility of mobile applications?
  • End-users: Screen Readers: What are your experiences with screenreaders?
  • End-users: Assistive Technologies: End-users can comment here on their experiences and opinions regarding assistive technologies in general.
  • End-users: Desktop applications: Here is the area where end-users can comment on their experiences and opinions regarding assistive technologies in the area of desktop applications.

You only need to register after which you can share your expertise/experience with others.

The ÆGIS project seeks to determine whether 3rd generation access techniques will provide a more accessible, more exploitable and deeply embeddable approach in mainstream ICT (desktop, rich Internet and mobile applications). This approach is developed and explored with the Open Accessibility Framework (OAF) through which aspects of the design, development and deployment of accessible mainstream ICT are addressed. The OAF provides embedded and built-in accessibility solutions, as well as toolkits for developers, for “engraving” accessibility in existing and emerging mass-market ICT-based products, thus making accessibility open, plug and play, personalised and configurable, realistic and applicable in various contexts; ÆGIS is placing users and their needs at the centre of all ICT developments. Based on a holistic UCD, ÆGIS identifies user needs and interaction models for several user groups, (users with visual, hearing, motion, speech and cognitive impairments as well as application developers) and develops open source-based generalised accessibility support into mainstream ICT devices/applications:

  • desktop,
  • rich web applications, and
  • Java-based mobile devices.

All developments will be iteratively tested with a significant number of end users, developers and experts in 3 phases and 4 Pilot sites Europe wide (in Belgium, Spain, Sweden and the UK).

The project includes strong industrial and end user participation (the participating industries are among the market leaders in the corresponding mainstream ICT markets). The project results’ uptake is promoted by strong standardisation activities, as well as the fact that much of the technology results will be either new open source applications or will be built into existing and already widely adopted open source ICT.

This is a reminder for 1st International OASIS ( Conference that will take place on November 4-5, 2009 in Florence, Italy. It will provide a forum to present current and future work as well as to exchange ideas in the field of Independent Living and Autonomous Mobility for elderly.

OASIS is a Large Scale Integrating Project – partially funded by the European Commission (FP7-ICT 215754) – with the aim to develop an open and innovative reference architecture, based upon ontologies and semantic services, that will allow plug and play and cost-effective interconnection of existing and newly developed services in all domains required for the independent and autonomous living of older people and their enhanced Quality of Life.

Topics that will be addressed:
– How to support holistically the independent living and mobility of the elderly across Europe?
– How to connect services for the elderly in an one-stop-shop fashion and interrelate/ integrate them?
– What are the elderly and their families/carers primary needs, concerns and expectations from the technologies and services arising?

These, and much more, are to be presented in Florence, in the 1st International OASIS Conference.

Registration and full details are available at the OASIS website.

ÆGIS (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards) first pan-European User Forum and Workshop ÆGIS is placing users and their needs at the centre of all its ICT developments. This is why we are inviting end-users of assistive technology (related to usage on PC, mobiles and the internet) to our first pan-European User Forum on Thursday 4th June 2009 at Research In Motion UK Ltd, Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom. We aim at having fruitful discussions between both end-users and application developers, thus better understanding your needs when wanting to use accessible desktop, mobile and internet applications. It will ensure that future technologies and services will meet the needs of the end-users, and both mainstream and assistive technology developers. The next day, we organize our first Pan-European Workshop at the same premises. This workshop will present the preliminary findings of the project related to the Use Cases selection and preliminary user requirements, thus stimulating discussions on these issues between both end-users and application developers. Its outcome will be taken into account by the Consortium during the further course of the project. Key stakeholders from relevant areas are expected to participate (such as end users’ representatives and organisations, EC representatives, technologies developers, etc.). This workshop therefore is an excellent chance to meet experts from relevant fields.

Agenda User Forum – 4 June 2009
Time Topic Speaker
14.00 – 14.15 ÆGIS project at a glance Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH-HIT)
14.15 – 14.30 ÆGIS technical presentation Mr. Peter Korn (Sun Microsystems)
14.30 – 15.30 Demos Mr. Peter Korn (Sun Microsystems)
15.30 – 18.00 Interactive (via discussion) generic use case user scenario presentation – with breaks Mr. Karel Van Isacker (EPR); Mr. Edward Chandler / Ms. Sally Cain (RNIB)
18.00 – 18.30 Discussion and conclusion Mr. Karel Van Isacker (EPR); Mr. Edward Chandler / Ms. Sally Cain (RNIB)

Agenda Workshop “Accessibility for All: Open Source-based Generalised Accessibility Support for Mainstream ICT Devices/Applications” – 5 June 2009
Time Topic Speaker
8.30 – 9.00 Registration
9.00 – 9.10 Welcome and Aim of the Day Mr. Karel Van Isacker (EPR)
9.10 – 9.35 EU Policies on eINCLUSION Mr. Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho (European Commission, ICT for Inclusion, Information Society & Media Directorate General)
9.35 – 9.50 ÆGIS at a Glance Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH-HIT)
9.50 – 10.10 First feedback as collected during user forum Mr. Iván Carmona Rojo (FONCE)
10.10 – 10.40 Demos and Technical Overview Mr. Peter Korn (Sun Microsystems)
10.40 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30 ÆGIS Draft Use Cases and discussion Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH-HIT)
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.30 Standards for content (and content interoperability) in the field of eInclusion – and beyond Dr. Christian Galinski (Infoterm)
14.30 – 15.00 Accessibility overall Ph.D. Gregg C. Vanderheiden (Trace R&D Center University of Wisconsin – Madison)
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 – 15.45 Kick off of Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG) Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH-HIT)
15.45 – 16.30 Round table Moderated by Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH-HIT) and Mr. Peter Korn (Sun Microsystems)
16.30 – 17.00 Conclusions

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