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1. October 2020

Sensitization and barrier-free software development in practice

As part of the iDESkmu project, the University of Siegen with the chairs “Business Informatics / IT for the Aging Society” and “Business Informatics and New Media” is researching various topics in the area of accessibility.

The iDESkmu consortium also consists of the BSV Hamburg e.V., HAVI Solutions GmbH & Co. KG and other experts in the field of accessibility.

One of the aims of this project is to sensitize companies to the advantages of developing and using accessible software and to show how companies, developers and employees with and without (visual) disabilities can benefit from accessible software.

For this project, the University of Siegen is looking for co-researchers in the region and throughout Germany who will support the project with the opportunity to do research with them, examine working practices and conduct interviews through to completion, as well as continuous exchange and independent research.

The consortium is supported by a company from the region that raises awareness and tests software for accessibility: bitfarm Archiv GmbH

Together with Heino Schneider, managing director of bitfarm, the project team has already carried out field research at and with the company, the analysis of which has provided valuable insights for the project and its further course. Thanks for that!

It is gratifying to see that there are already companies in the region who have thought about the issue of accessibility or will do so now.

If you would like to know more or support us with the project, please do not hesitate to contact us

Dr. Fabiano Pinatti     Sven Bittenbinder
Room: US-E 114 (Campus Unteres Schloss)     Room: US-E 117 (Campus Unteres Schloss)
Phone: 0271 740 – 2002     Phone: 0271 740 – 4470
E-Mail: fabiano.pinatti(at)uni-siegen.de     E-Mail: sven.bittenbinder(at)uni-siegen.de



Following some pictures of a field trip:

accessibility experts at work
An accessibility auditor sits in front of the application to be checked.
Results are discussed and evaluated with the other two auditors.
the application is inspected with a magnifier
The application is shown enlarged so that every single element can be checked.
Every check step and its results are documented
One of the auditors records each result in the test report on the laptop