Inclusive IT systems to open up the world of culture to those with disabilities
In today's society, we often focus on "the normal ones" and design our spaces, tools, and techniques so that those who can see, hear, and have fully functioning bodies have access to society's resources. However, a not insignificant portion of society lacks these senses and abilities and these people are thus excluded from the information available, or lack access to various resources.
According to Project Coordinator Nasrine Olson, Senior Lecturer in Library and Information Science at the University of Borås, "Basically, society's resources should be available to everyone, but this is not the case today. This project will be a step forward in improving accessibility. MuseIT aims to promote inclusion, participation, accessibility, and equal opportunities for all people. In the project, we aim to improve accessibility to cultural assets by developing multisensory representations and alternative cultural expressions in order to enable everyone to participate, regardless of whether they have functional or sensory disabilities.”
Regardless of whether you have disabilities, culture in all its forms is thus to be made accessible through inclusive information systems. This project will also develop methods for the preservation and protection of cultural heritage with a focus on inclusion as well as a multisensory, multi-layered preserving of cultural heritage.
This project brings together expertise and methods from different research areas such as museum science, computer science, language processing, cultural policy, library and information science, haptic technology, performing arts, neuroscience, architecture, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and more.
Eleven partners from nine countries are participating in the project, which is coordinated by the University of Borås.
Open symposium 17 October
The project runs for three years starting on 1 October and kicks off with an open symposium on 17 October at the University of Borås on the theme Accessibility for all – inclusion through multisensory interactions.
Participation is free of charge and open to all interested parties.