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University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, HI 96822-2247)
Brett Oppegaard (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Thomas H. Conway (Co Project Director: March 2021 to present)

Research and Development
Preservation and Access

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$296,203 (approved)
$286,191 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2021 – 2/29/2024

Improving Audio Description, Improving Access to the Humanities

A three-year Tier II project to develop best practices for creating audio descriptions of humanities collections for the blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind.

Audio Description is an emerging and novel form of the digital humanities. Media accessibility is its primary purpose, as a way to translate visual media into audible media. But for its primary audiences – people who are blind or visually impaired – it is not a feature, bonus, or an extra, it is the medium through which they understand the visual humanities, including photographs, illustrations, videos, collages, and maps. This Research and Development project, “Improving Audio Description, Improving Access to the Humanities,” strategically focuses on creating better empirical foundations based on field tests, better open-source support infrastructure, and better in-situ models of Audio Description as a way to systematically address major challenges in the field. Through this approach, the research team will simultaneously build, test, support, review, and study new models in authentic heritage contexts across the country.