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Jodi Awards acknowledge digital media access

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The tenth anniversary Jodi Awards were held this week at the UK’s annual Museums Conference, celebrating high quality projects that contribute to accessible digital culture.

Highlighting the best use of technology to widen access to information, learning, collections and creativity for people in museums, libraries, archives and heritage, the award categories were updated in this significant anniversary year to acknowledge the role digital media plays in everyday society.


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US air travel access rules will affect Australian airlines

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In a ruling issued last week by the US Department of Transportation, airlines servicing the US will need to improve access to core travel information and services on their websites and airport kiosks.

The new rule is part of the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 and will come into effect on 12 December 2013. Airline website pages for booking and changing reservations will need to be accessible. Within two years, these pages must meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA, with entire website compliance required within three years.


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Accessible DVDs & Blu-Rays released in October 2013

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In Media Access Australia’s most recent search we have found that captioning and audio description across both DVD and Blu-Ray remains at their usual levels.

Of the 84 DVD titles searched, 54 per cent were captioned and 33 per cent were audio described. Of the same titles, 63 had a Blu-Ray version and accessibility rated at 67 per pent for captions and 44 per cent for audio description.

A few inconsistences were identified:


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Network Ten stays with Red Bee Media for captioning services

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Major access supplier Red Bee Media has announced a multi-year arrangement to provide captioning services to Australian broadcaster Network Ten. This covers the network’s three free-to-air channels, Ten, Eleven and One, and is for both live and prerecorded captioning services. 

Red Bee Media is a significant international supplier of access and related services, and the Australian service utilises new innovations in captioning delivery, including the Subito system. Subito is a system for captioning news and other live or near-live programs. It uses speech recognition technology to align pre-prepared captions with the audio of a program.


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