Call for submissions: 4th Web Accessibility Challenge at W4A 2011

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Call for submissions: 4th Web Accessibility Challenge at W4A 2011

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All finish at Midnight Hawaii Standard Time.

31-Jan-2011 CHALLENGE SUBMISSIONS CLOSE
07-Feb-2011 DECISIONS - ALL SUBMISSIONS
18-Feb-2011 ALL CAMERA READY COPY DUE
28-Mar-2011 CONFERENCE DAY 1
29-Mar-2011 CONFERENCE DAY 2

The Fourth "Web Accessibility Challenge", sponsored since 2008 by
Microsoft, is organised to give an opportunity to researchers and
developers of advanced Web accessibility technologies for showcasing
their technologies to technical leaders in this area not only from
academia and industry but also from end-users. To encourage and
accelerate development of innovative and practically usable Web
accessibility technologies; the Challenge is one part of the
conference in which new experimental systems and technologies are
submitted, compared, and judged by our independent panel of experts as
to the most significant advance in research technology in
accessibility for that year.

Cloud-computing is the technological paradigm where computing
resources are distributed over the Internet. This way, the browser
becomes the interface to access services and applications with almost
unlimited storage capacity and processing power. Cloud-computing and
the applications deployed over it facilitate collective intelligence
and crowdsourcing phenomena, where millions of users can contribute to
a common goal. Following these approaches, a number of successful
projects that focus on web accessibility have been released in recent
years. These developments range from platforms to collectively
removing accessibility barriers to making assistive technologies
widespread and available for all. These preliminary approaches such as
online screen-readers and accessibility repairing applications have
yielded promising results towards an inclusive web by removing both
economical and accessibility barriers. In order to develop the cloud
to its full potential as far as accessibility is concerned, there are
still several research questions that should address the weak points
and challenges in a timely manner in order to create an inclusive Web.

Don't be Deterred!

While Crowdsourcing the Cloud is this years theme, please don't be
deterred if this somewhat unique area is not yours. We would like to
see all quality work on Web Accessibility regardless of the particular
field within accessibility. The overriding reason for a paper being
accepted is its high quality in relation to the broad area of Web
Accessibility. So remember, submissions related to this year's topic
are encouraged but it is certainly not a requirement as all
accessibility technologies are welcomed for the challenge.

Submission materials

* Two-page abstract (see the W4A submission page -
http://www.w4a.info/2011/submissions/submissions.shtml)
* Demonstration movie (or audio recording) with audio description.
* Software is not required, but encouraged.
* Conference attendance

A presentation and demonstration session will be part of the W4A
event, so at least one of the authors is required to attend the
conference.

Awards

* 2011 Web Accessibility Challenge: Judges Award Decided by the
invited judges, who are experts from academia, industry and end-users.
* 2011 Web Accessibility Challenge: Delegates Award Decided by the
participants of the conference.
* In addition, you can get feedback from judges and participants.

System requirements

* Any kind of system is acceptable, such as standalone assistive
technologies, voice browsers, browser plug-ins, server-based services,
and telephony systems. Other accessibility technologies can be
accepted (e.g., tactile browser).
* Open source systems are welcomed.
* Please contact us, if you have any questions about the coverage
([hidden email]).

Submission details

* Submissions should be sent to this email address: [hidden email]
* You can also consider alternative methods for submission of large
movie files such as uploading the file to YouTube. In this case,
please add a tag "w4a2011" to the movie, and send the URL of the movie
to the submission address ([hidden email]).
* Abstracts and movies should emphasise the innovative ideas in the
system. Do not demonstrate whole functions including usual or average
functions.
* The demonstration movies should also be non-visually accessible,
since some of referees are blind. Please consider to add audio
descriptions to the submission movie, and do not add unnecessary audio
(e.g., background music). In reality these presentations are intended
to remove the need for the judges to install experimental application
code and libraries on their own computers - in this case the
technology is judged on its intended use - and so a screen reader for
blind users may not have a textual output; in this case captioning the
audio would be inappropriate. However, any visual presentation which
is not part of the system - ie textual titles - should be audio
described, and any audio, such as supplementary narration, should be
captioned. In this way nothing is added to the system demonstration
contained within the presentation, unless the submitter has augmented
their work with additional descriptions etc.
* Abstracts should be in ACM/W4A paper format, since abstracts will be
published in the proceedings. Abstracts and movies will be stored in
the ACM Digital Library.

Challenge Judges

* Mike Paciello (Industry, The Paciello Group)
* Shadi Abou-Zahra (Standards, W3c)
* Greg Gay (Industry/Research, ATutor/Ontario College of Art & Design)
* Cynthia Shelly (Industry, Microsoft)
* Giorgio Brajnik (Research, University of Udine)

Contact ([hidden email])

Challenge Co-Chair - Rui Lopes (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Challenge Co-Chair - Paola Salomini (University of Bologna, Italy)
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