[Art_beyond_sight_educators] [accessibleimage] Recruiting Now for Survey on Synthesized Speech and Audio Description

Lisa Yayla Lisa.Yayla at statped.no
Thu Mar 4 15:55:13 UTC 2010


From: dvsconsumers at mail4.wgbh.org [mailto:dvsconsumers at mail4.wgbh.org] On
Behalf Of Mary Watkins

Sent: Friday, February 19, 2010 10:33 AM

To: dvsconsumers

Subject: Recruiting Now for Survey on Synthesized Speech and Audio

Hello friends of DVS. Please see the announcement/invitation below to
participate in an upcoming online survey, and feel free to forward this
posting as you see fit to friends, colleagues and other lists. Thanks!

February 19, 2010

Recruiting Now for a Survey on Synthesized Speech and Audio Description

IBM Research-Japan and WGBH's Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center
for Accessible Media (NCAM) are conducting a joint study via an online
survey on the applicability of speech synthesis for audio description of
Web-based video.

Adults (18+ years of age) who are blind or have low vision will be asked to
share their opinions about a few short video clips which include synthesized

NCAM is seeking participants with a range of familiarity with synthesized
speech (from little or none to regular users) and as well as familiarity
with audio description (from little or none to regular users).

Interested in sharing your opinion? Please send an email to

access at wgbh.org

with "participate" in the subject line. Once the online survey is posted on
or about March 1, you will be sent an email with the survey's Web site
address and asked to complete the survey by Friday, March 12. The survey,
which will be accessible via screen-reading software, should take no longer
than one half hour.

NCAM will summarize and share the results of the survey once user opinions
are analyzed.

NOTE: This is an early investigation into a subject many people who are
blind or have low-vision have asked about for many years. Though we are
conducting this study, WGBH does not intend to substitute synthesized speech
for human voices on the programs and movies we currently describe. Following
this narrow and limited initial study, further research will be required to
expand the scope of investigation into larger populations, other types of
media and other parameters.

Thank you!


Mary Watkins Director of Communications  and Outreach

Media Access Group at WGBH

One Guest Street

Boston, MA 02135

617 300-3700

mary_watkins at wgbh.org

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