2005 Jodi Mattes Webaccessibility Award
The Pewsey Heritage Centre website as designed and developed by Gopher Systems Ltd, and funded by the "Window on Wiltshire" Libraries & Heritage branch at Wiltshire County Council has been awarded the 2005 Jodi Mattes Webaccessibility Award for best W3C accessibility compliant low budget website that falls under the umbrella of museums, libraries & archives.
The Jodi Mattes Webaccessibility Award was established in 2003, European Year of Disabled People, to celebrate the most accessible museum, gallery and heritage website.
The Award is for a museum, gallery, library, archive or heritage website which demonstrates active commitment to meeting web accessibility standards, involves users and develops practical and imaginative ways of making cultural and learning resources accessible to disabled people. The Awards are for websites developed in England.
The Awards are offered in memory of Jodi Mattes, who worked at the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the British Museum.
Amongst many other things, Jodi worked to ensure that the British Museum's COMPASS website was accessible to all. She developed a text-only version of COMPASS, organised testing of the system by blind and partially sighted users, worked with the system developers on changes informed by the testing process and specified visitor desks accessible to wheelchair users. She also worked on accessible text descriptions, which has fed into the development of content on children's COMPASS. Jodi's work has inspired other museums and galleries to develop accessible websites.
The 2005 Awards
In 2005, two Awards were handed out - one for the low budget website which best demonstrates what can be achieved through commitment by smaller organisations, and one Award for excellence open to all organisations. Pewsey Heritage Centre was awarded the Award for best low budget website.
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) co-ordinated the Award, in association with the Museums Computer Group and Leicester University Museum Studies Department. The ceremony took place on 12 April 2005 at the Cass Business School at City University in London.
City University's Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design was commissioned to undertake user testing of nominations.
What is it all about?
Many disabled people face substantial access barriers to websites. The Awards aim to raise awareness of the need for inclusive web design, E-government 2005 policies - which require that public sector websites meet world web accessibility standards (Level AA); and the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) - which requires that reasonable adjustments are made to provide equal access to websites for disabled people.
Gopher Systems Ltd - Web Development Solutions
>"Window on Wiltshire", Wiltshire County Council
>Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA)
>Cass Business School
>City University London
>Leicester University Department of Museum Studies
>W3C Web Content Accessiblity Guidelines