Winners announced of the Jodi Awards 2006

MLA Press Release: The winners of the 2006 Jodi Awards for excellence in museum, gallery, library, archive and heritage website accessibility were announced last night at a ceremony at the British Museum.

The winners are:

Jodi Award for Excellence:
i-Map: The Everyday Transformed, Caro Howell and Dan Porter, Tate Modern. www.tate.org.uk/imap/imap2 

This site does what seems impossible to many people, by making modern art (and its key concepts) accessible to blind and partially sighted people. It is one of the few to describe collections for visually impaired people. The images are highly contrasted and made visible to partially-sighted people. The judges were unanimous in selecting the winning site, which they agreed had yet more ground-breaking qualities and was destined to set the standard in global best practice. The site is already the world leader in making online collections accessible to blind and partially sighted people.

Jodi Award for Excellence with Low Budgets:
Speaking Volumes, Wakefield Library and Information Service. www.speakingvolumesonline.org.uk

This website was designed to allow readers to write content. Blind and partially sighted site users chat about books and audio book readers. The judges said the site was enjoyable, stimulating and easy-to-use. A partnership with public libraries throughout Yorkshire and Humberside, Speaking Volumes is an exemplary regional resource for reader development.

The judges awarded a ‘Commendation for Excellence in user involvement’ to:

The History of Wolverhampton; Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service, Wolverhampton Archives and Wolverhampton Local Studies. www.wolverhamptonhistory.org.uk
This site is notable for its simplicity in design and use. It was fine-tuned using feedback received from disabled site users and is a good example of the benefits of user involvement in website development.

MLA Chairman, Mark Wood, who presented the awards, said: “This year, all nominations met high technical web accessibility standards. It is a sign that museums, libraries and archives are developing ambitious targets and playing an active part nationally in meeting e-government targets for web accessibility. The winning sites involved users in the web development process. They are wonderful examples of the unique ways in which museums, libraries and archives can use the web to make collections accessible to visually impaired people.”

The 2006 Jodi Awards were presented at a ceremony held last night at the British Museum in London. Initiated in 2003, the awards this year extended to include entries from Wales, in partnership with CyMAL (Museums, Libraries and Archives Wales), for the first time.

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