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Springer
International Journal
Universal Access in the Information Society
UAIS

http://link.springer.de/journals/uais/


Call for Papers

Special Issue
Universal Access and Interactive Television

Guest Editors
Judith Masthoff and Lyn Pemberton


About the UAIS Journal

The UAIS Journal solicits original research contributions addressing
the accessibility, usability and acceptability of Information Society
Technologies by anyone, anywhere, at anytime, and through any media
and device. Universal access refers to the systematic effort to
proactively apply principles, methods and tools of universal design,
in order to develop Information Society Technologies which are
accessible and usable by all citizens.

The Journal's unique focus is on theoretical, methodological, and
empirical research, of both technological and non-technological
nature, that addresses equitable access and active participation of
potentially all citizens in the Information Society.

For further information, please, refer to the "Aims and scope"
section on the Website of the UAIS Journal.


Aims and scope of this special issue

The advent of digital television has brought new opportunities for
people to interact with their televisions, by "allowing viewers to
access additional information about the programme they are watching,
select different camera views of a sports event, play games, access
enhanced teletext services, or access the internet and send e-mails"
(BBC, 2003).  Interactivity is set to expand, as programme makers
take advantage of its creative capabilities, broadcasters recognize
it as a mechanism for creating new funding streams and governments
seek to expand their channels of communication with citizens.

Interactive Television (iTV) could be particularly useful for
housebound or disabled people, as it would allow them to access
interactive services from home. The elderly are the biggest consumers
of television in the UK, watching on average more than 5 hours a day,
and 94% of visually impaired people in the UK watch television
regularly.

In addition, iTV could overcome some current barriers to
conventional tv usage. For example, visualizations of emotions
expressed by background music could enhance the viewing experience
for the deaf.

On the other hand, there is the danger of a new digital divide, if
iTV services are not universally accessible.
Original research contributions are solicited, which focus on
improving interactive television accessibility for all users.


Main topics

Contributions are solicited in, but not limited to, the following
topics:
- Analyses of barriers experienced by TV viewers with
perceptual,cognitive, or motor impairments.
- Analyses of extra barriers that may be brought about by the
addition of interactivity.
- Design, development and evaluation of enhancements to iTV aimed at
facilitating universal access and overcoming existing barriers to TV
use.
- Use of multiple platforms to improve accessibility, e.g., iTV and
mobile phone
- Methods, techniques and instruments for assessing the accessibility
of interactive television
- Modeling user diversity in the usage of interactive television
- Personalisation for creating more accessible iTV

Authors of submissions should carefully explain how the work and
results presented contribute to facilitating and promoting universal
access to interactive television.

Important dates

Deadline for submission of papers: December 31, 2004
Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2005.
Deadline for submission of camera-ready version of accepted papers:
June 30, 2005.
Expected publication date of the special issue: second half of 2005.

Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically as PDF files
to the Guest Editors of the special issue, Judith Masthoff and Lyn
Pemberton (e-mail: [log in to unmask];
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Manuscript preparation
Please, refer to the "Instructions to authors" section on the Website
of the UAIS Journal.

Reviewing process
All papers will be peer reviewed by three reviewers, experts in the
field, appointed by the Guest Editors of the issue in consultation
with the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.

Copyright information
Submission of an article implies that:
- the work described has not been published before, except in form of
an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis;
- it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

For further information, please refer to the "Copyright information"
section on the Website of the UAIS Journal.

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