Enabling accessible interfaces to digital library content

Syed Toufeeq Ahmed, Kasim Candan, Suganthi Cidambaram, Shruti Gaur, Wook Kim Jong, Mijung Kim, Hari Sundaram, Xinxin Wang, Renwei Yu

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Abstract

Most of the web interfaces are primarily designed for people with sight, with visually rich features that makes effective use of the tools to enhance visual usability but in process making it impossible for users who are blind or visually impaired to use them. In this work, our goal is to improve participation to NSF's National Science Digital Library1 (NSDL) by teachers, librarians, and learners who are blind. The middleware for accessible information spaces on NSDL (MAISON) is enhancing the accessibility of NSDL, its internal and external resources and existing services (such as strand maps of educational benchmarks). Relying on cutting-edge, context-aware graph segmentation, filtering and summarization, and concept propagation techniques, the middleware provides information space adaptation, reduction, and preview services through open web-based service APIs to enable implementation of informative navigation interfaces that are able to reduce the complexity of the information space and provide previews to prevent user disorientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2009 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, ICME 2009
Pages1841-1842
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, ICME 2009 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Jun 28 2009Jul 3 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2009 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, ICME 2009

Other

Other2009 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, ICME 2009
CountryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period6/28/097/3/09

Keywords

  • Annotation
  • Assistive technology for blind users
  • Digital library navigation aids
  • Educational content and web sites
  • Summarization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

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