The goal of AccessiMap research project is to improve access to maps for the visually impaired (VI), through the design of suitable non-visual interactions based on Open Data (e.g. OpenStreetMap). The project addresses different situations (training, home, mobility) through a diversity of surfaces and interactions. Specifically, we propose to design and evaluate the prototype of an interactive collaborative table (1m) enabling VI to explore maps, but also to collaborate with other VI and / or sighted persons. This device could be used independently, but also during training sessions in geography or locomotion with teachers from the special education centers for the visually impaired (CESDV). We will use a method of participatory design including users, but also specialized teachers to design: 1 / a semi-automatic adaptation of content online (Including the aggregation of other types of content, e.g. cultural); 2 / design and evaluate the prototype of a collaborative table incorporating new forms of haptic, tangible, and multi-media interactions; and 3 / design and evaluate non-visual interactions to explore the data on all types of surface (tablet, smartphone, etc.).

This project is a collaboration between IRIT-Elipse, IJA-CESDV, Telecom Paristech (CoDesign Lab) and Makina Corpus. The coordinator is Christophe Jouffrais.

The CoDesign Lab will be working on the specifications, ideation, conception process and evaluation. A first document will describe the overall context of the project, based on field-observations using ethnographic methods. A second will identify the needs and aspirations of the users. The CoDesign lab will also intervene in workshops and ideation processes at IRIT, and will develop specific research methods and frameworks for design and disabilities.

See also the website of the project.