Video in Scholarly Communications: Issue #2
March 6, 2021
Welcome to issue #2 of our monthly update, which is focused on accessibility. Since day one, Cadmore has placed accessibility at the core of our mission. Every accessibility advocate has their own eye-opening experience; mine was a few years ago at an STM Annual Meeting. The event featured a keynote by NISO Fellow 2021 Fellow George Kerscher, who told the audience he was in his late 20s before he was able to read a newspaper. That type of story stays with you and is one I’ve repeated many times over the years. Of course, multimedia accessibility is just one piece of the puzzle, but it’s a growing one, given the rise of video and audio in scholarly communication.
After years of relatively slow progress, the recent rise in efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across scholarly publishing – and society as a whole – finally seems to be moving content accessibility from the column of “legal requirement” to “it’s the right thing to do.” We are helping publishers and societies meet these goals. Because accessibility is always a work in progress, we are and will remain imperfect. But we are constantly striving to improve, which starts with listening to people with disabilities narrate their experiences.
Keep reading for more ideas on video and accessibility, and if anything strikes you, I’d love to hear from you.
Violaine Iglesias, co-founder and CEO
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Research Information interviewed Cadmore CEO Violaine Iglesias for their article “Content Still King in Video Age.” “There are too many benefits to collecting, creating and publishing the video content,” she notes, adding that few societies plan to stop offering a virtual option once in-person events resume.
Violaine and colleagues at the American Political Science Association published an article in Learned Publishing reviewing the great pivot of 2020 and how virtual and hybrid meetings can be made even better in years to come.
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