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OW2 announces new Open Source Accessibility initiative

May 2016 by Coline Magne

OW2, the global community for open source infrastructure software
and application platforms announces the OW2 Open Source Accessibility initiative (OSAi), a communitydriven initiative designed to develop open source technologies and share best practices in the field of accessibility.

OSAi will contribute to building synergies between OW2 members and the larger community around open and compliant digital solutions for people with physical or cognitive difficulties. The initiative seeks to facilitate technology integration between open source accessibility enablement and management software. It will provide a neutral forum to identify, discuss, develop and integrate quality open source solutions for accessibility.

Currently in incubation, OSAi is spearheaded by Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunication operators, which has secured the initial participants in the initiative.
These include DINSIC, the IT and Digital Agency of the French Government , La Poste, the French postal service company, Worldline the European leader in payment and transaction services, Smile, a leading European integrator of open source solutions, digital accessibility agency Océane Consulting and eAccessibility consulting firm Atalan. Additional contributors such as research and international participants will be announced shortly.

The roadmap of the OW2 Open Source Accessibility initiative will be jointly developed by its participants.
However, the initiative is being launched with an initial focus on the following domains: supporting online and face-to-face communication, content creation and access, and exploring the work environment for accessibility at the office or while traveling.

At OW2, initiatives are joint efforts by its members that aim to foster use of OW2 technologies by mainstream systems integrators, end-users and software vendors. Within an Initiative, OW2 members work together to develop technical integration between projects as well as synergies to address specific market needs.

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