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  CHI18 SIG on Making Maps Accessible and Putting Accessibility in Maps

If you are interested in *accessible mapping*, join us in Montreal on 
April 25, Wednesday, for a /Special Interest Group /(SIG) meeting at 
CHI’18. /9AM, Room 514A./*
*

This SIG intends to promote the discussion around accessible mapping and 
to influence future research in this area. We outline a set of open 
research challenges and we encourage researchers and practitioners 
working in the areas of *Accessibility* and/or *GeographicHCI* to bring 
in their knowledge and experience to help guiding future research in 
*Making Maps Accessible and Putting Accessibility in Maps*.

Digital maps represent an incredible HCI success — they have transformed 
the way people navigate in and access information about the world. While 
these platforms contain terabytes of data about road networks and points 
of interest (POIs), their information about physical accessibility is 
commensurately poor. Moreover, because of their highly graphical nature 
and reliance on gesture and mouse input, digital maps can be 
inaccessible to some user groups (e.g., those with visual or motor 
impairments). While there is active HCI work towards addressing both 
concerns, to our knowledge, there has been no direct effort to unite 
this research community. The goal of this SIG is threefold: first, *to 
bring together network scholars and practitioners who are broadly 
working in the area of accessible maps*; second, to *identify grand 
challenges and open problems*; third, to *help better establish 
accessible maps as a valuable topic with important HCI-related research 
problems*.

More information: https://mapaccessibility2018.wordpress.com/

We hope to see you at the SIG!
Anke Brock, Jon Froehlich,João Guerreiro, Benjamin Tannert, Anat 
Caspi,Johannes Schöning & Steve Landau

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