Registration: Accessibility & the Digital Humanities Pre-Conference Workshop

Before the week-long courses get underway at this year's Digital Humanities Summer Institute <http://www.dhsi.org/schedule.php>, learn more about making digital resources accessible to all users by taking this workshop.

WHAT: A hands-on workshop introducing participants to accessibility issues with digital resources. General concerns will be addressed, but workshop focus will be on working in WordPress and/or Omeka. This workshop is led by Erin E. Templeton (@eetempleton) [Converse College] and George H. Williams (@georgeonline) [University of South Carolina Upstate].

WHEN: Sunday, June 7 from 1:00 to 4:00pm

WHERE: Cadboro Commons, Haro Room (adjacent to registration).

Over the last several decades, scholars have developed standards for how best to create, organize, present, and preserve digital information so that future generations may still access and use it. What has remained all but neglected, however, are the needs of people with disabilities. As a result, many valuable resources are unavailable for a large population of people. Content management systems like Word Press and Omeka have begun to incorporate a variety of accessibility features to address such issues, and the rich scholarly metadata often associated with digital humanities projects can play a powerful role in making digital information more accessible to users with disabilities. Our workshop will focus primarily on making digital resources more easily available for blind and low-vision users, but we will also discuss accessibility options for deaf users and users with cognitive disabilities.

In advance, those who plan to take part will receive instructions for claiming and activating their own sandbox installations of these two CMSes. During the workshop, we will begin with some exercises that simulate the ways in which people with disabilities might experience digital resources. Next, participants will learn about user‐friendly tools for assessing accessibility. Finally, each participant will be provided with their own sandbox installations of both of these CMSes and in order to implement and test accessibility enhancements in their own sandbox, they will be have the option of using either using their own content, or using content supplied for them by the workshop organizers. The second half of the workshop will be devoted to hands-on work and discussion.

Participants will learn what they can do quickly and easily to improve the accessibility of a WordPress- or Omeka-based site while recognizing that no single set of plugins and options can solve every accessibility issue.

To view an agenda for this 3-hour workshop, visit http://bit.ly/accessDHSIagenda
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