EIII project News
European Internet Inclusion Initiative project – March 17, 2014
Online interactions have rapidly become the main channel of communication and greater inclusiveness creates efficiencies for both the private and public sectors. Yet, only one-third of Europe’s government websites are fully accessible today, according to the European Commission (EC).
“People with disabilities often face barriers to access online services,” says Dr Mikael Snaprud, Project Coordinator for the European Internet Inclusion Initiative (EIII). “We aim to bridge this digital divide through a website that contains an exciting combination of existing and new accessibility tools to help policy-makers tackle this challenge.”
The EIII website is now launched: http://eiii.eu. The project will support European Internet inclusion through the following key initiatives:
Website evaluation tools
- Automated website accessibility evaluation based on a selection of freely available tools
- Improved reporting tool for policy-makers, website owners, and researchers
- Enhanced assessments
- User testing of websites through crowd-sourcing
- Accessibility assessment of related areas such as digital television (DTV)
- Open source to ensure accountability and facilitate data reuse
- Support for harmonisation across Europe, including the EC’s proposed
Press inquiries and EIII participation requests:
Dr Mikael Snaprud, Project Coordinator, +47 918 62 892; firstname.lastname@example.org
The EIII is co-funded under the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (Grant agreement no: 609667). The consortium consists of a number of partners and associate partners as follows
Germany: Evangelische Stiftung Volmarstein (FTB), Iceland: Registers Iceland, Italy: Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale, Netherlands: Cooperatie Kwaliteits Instituut Nederlandse Gemeenten UA, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Stichting Accessibility, Norway: Kommunenes Sentralforbund Ans, Seniornett Norge, Tingtun AS, Sweden: DAKA advisory AB.
Denmark: Agency for Digitisation, Denmark: Looms Consulting, Egypt: Ministry of State for Administrative Development, Norway: Agency for Public Management and eGovernment, Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted, Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service, International Webmasters Association.