2015 DIAGRAM Working Group Goals

Click here for a list of who is serving on each of the four working groups listed below.

Standards

These goals address how we make it easier to create, use, discover and interact with accessible images by providing the framework for building authoring and reading tools, and exchanging data so images can be shared.

  • Update the Diagrammar (formerly known as the “Content Model”).
  • Harmonize DIAGRAM image guidelines with W3C image guidelines & provide sample content to broader community so content creators know exactly how they should tag their content.
  • Evangelize adoption of accessibility metadata (schema.org) so users can find accessible content.
  • Update NCAM image metadata report so that the latest information is available for interested audiences.
  • Update and transition the DIAGRAM DTB Authoring and Reading Tools Guide (a.k.a. “Product Matrices”) with epubtest.org showing device and software support for accessible images, to ensure alignment with widely adopted mainstream resources and long-term sustainability.

Content

These goals address how we make it easier to create accessible images by demonstrating clear examples, and how we make it easier to discover accessible images by providing a way to search for them.

  • Expand Accessible Image Sample Book so that it is an even more comprehensive and valuable resource.
  • Design DIAGRAM Image Repository/Registry focused first on serving AIM producers so that they have an easy-to-use resource they can use to discover, download, and collect accessible images as a community.
  • Create ecosystem for accessible image that includes samples, guidelines, training resources organized in a user-friendly fashion, so users have a one-stop resource to create what they need.
  • Update Image Description Guidelines so that accessible image creators know how to describe a broader range of images including works of art, chemical diagrams, etc.

Outreach/Engagement

These goals address how we make it easier to create and use accessible images by spreading the word about how and why to use DIAGRAM tools and best practices.

  • Provide clear tasks for Working Groups and community members so they can stay engaged and directly make impact.
  • Synthesize what we’ve done so that DIAGRAM’s contributions and impact are clear to our audiences and they can make the best use of our work.
  • Determine how to preserve for the long-term all the assets created by DIAGRAM.
  • Hone our messaging plan and target audiences so that we have the right talking points to disseminate our work most effectively.
  • Continue to provide effective webinars so that our audiences get timely and effective information about the latest tools and resources.
  • Determine and measure additional metrics of success so that we can meaningfully articulate our impact.

Tools

These goals address how we make it easier to create, discover, use, and interact with accessible images by developing new tools to do each, especially for emerging modes and formats across broad bodies of content.

  • Advance math tools, moving toward goal of full math solution.
  • Grow Poet to address most pressing needs gleaned from working with content creators.
  • Continue exploration of viability of 3D Printing as new technology that can revolutionize access to complex STEM spatial concepts.
  • Continue exploration of creating accessible multimedia and interactives.
  • Continue exploration of haptics.
  • Survey the lay of the land with regard to consumer usage to see how far we’ve come and what users are currently using and the implications for future work.

Ideas that work.The DIAGRAM Center is a Benetech initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (Cooperative Agreement #H327B100001). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Education.

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