Launched in 2003, the Jodi Awards now recognise museum, gallery, library, archive or heritage projects that demonstrate commitment to using technology in the service of accessibility. Nominated websites, interactive objects, audio-guides, PDAs, telephone systems etc. pass before an experienced panel of judges. Disabled users will test entries, and websites submitted for an Award will also be subjected to automated testing.
The awards are developed and sustained by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), 24 Hour Museum, the British Museum, the University of Leicester and Museums Archives and Libraries Wales (CyMAL) .
Mark Wood, Chairman, MLA, said: “The Jodi Awards will keep promoting high web accessibility standards and this year the judges are also keen to celebrate sites that use technology in practical and imaginative ways for making cultural resources accessible to disabled people. The whole initiative generates competition to be recognised as the best in this vital area of development. The Disability Discrimination Act has led to innovative uses of technology and it’s time we celebrated the best.”
Matthew Cock, Head of Web, British Museum, commented: “We want to keep accessibility at the forefront of the sector's consciousness when creating or commissioning websites and their content.”