Accessibility Metadata and Export
Date and Time: Thursday, November 16, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. EST
Join us for a webinar that will provide guidance on producing, distributing, and displaying accessibility metadata for digital book sales in the European market, hosted by Fondazione LIA.
Discoverability and distribution have been identified as major challenges in accessible publishing. With the implementation of the European Accessibility Act (EAA), Canadian publishers need more tools and support to incorporate accessibility metadata in their feeds. Building on the latest industry developments, the webinar will equip English- and French-language exporter publishers of all sizes with additional competencies to efficiently use accessibility metadata.
Date and time: Thursday, November 16, at 1:00 p.m. EST
This live webinar will be followed by a Q&A period with the hosts.
Presentation in English with simultaneous French interpretation. The presentation will also be available before the webinar.
Cristina Mussinelli and Gregorio Pellegrino work at Fondazione LIA, an Italian non-profit organization that promotes the culture of accessibility in the publishing field. Its goal is to allow print-impaired readers to choose how, when, and above all what to read, thus fostering social integration and active participation in the world of culture, school, and work. To achieve this objective, Fondazione LIA carries out research and development activities in the field of digital accessibility, organizes awareness-raising events, offers training courses and consulting activities, and is part of an international network of organizations focusing on the accessibility of content. Since its foundation in 2014 by the Italian Publishers Association, Fondazione LIA has collaborated with the Italian Blind and Visually Impaired Union (UICI), which became an institutional member in November 2017.
This webinar is jointly organized with the Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP), the collective voice of French- and English-language scholarly publishing in Canada, and is funded through the Canada Book Fund’s special call on accessible digital books. A follow-up webinar with more detailed technical aspects of accessibility metadata will be offered in February, and a bilingual brochure on the same topic will be published in March.