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Commentary: Getty-Google partnership misses the mark on accessibility


The Getty Museum recently announced that it would be the first museum to collaborate with Google, and using Google’s image recognition application Google Goggles, offer visitors the chance to learn more about the artworks.

Visitors to the Getty Museum can take a photo using Google Goggles on their Android phone or iPhone and immediately access more information about the work of art as well as commentary from artists and curators.

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Audio described contemporary art tour at Art Gallery of NSW


The Art Gallery of NSW is holding an audio described tour of the new John Kaldor Family Gallery on Sunday, 22 May at 1:30pm.

The John Kaldor Family Gallery is a significant new addition to the institution. Kaldor, a patron, supporter and collector of contemporary art, has gifted his extensive collection to the Gallery, spanning 50 years of works from leading artists.

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Deaf entrepreneur wins American leadership award

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Catharine McNally, a co-founder of Keen Guides, has been awarded one of two Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards for 2011 by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Developed after a disappointing experience in a museum for McNally, who is Deaf, Keen Guides is a mobile application that provides accessible video tours of museums, colleges and public venues, with the objective of producing cultural experiences that appeal to everyone.

The Keen Guides application, available on iPhone and Android devices, applies universal design principles, offering an educational, entertaining and accessible alternative to standard audio and live tours.

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