Welcome to this Special Issue of EuroScientist on: The Social Value of European Research on Media Accessibility!
The revolution brought about by information and communication technologies offers unprecedented ways to create a more just and equal society. Yet, if not properly and timely addressed, it also risks to exacerbate old social problems as well as create new forms of exclusion and discrimination.
How to tackle some of these problems is a major concern of the research area called Media Accessibility, a subdomain of the broader field of Accessibility Studies.
Over the past years, the European Commission has been increasingly funding projects on Media Accessibility precisely in order to promote research into new ways to successfully address some of the most pressing problems of our society.
This special issue collects articles that present some of these projects and contextualise them within the broader context of the social changes we are facing.
By Gian Maria Greco and Pilar Orero
By Gian Maria Greco, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).
By Pablo Romero-Fresco and Jesús Meiriño, from the University of Vigo (Spain).
By Anna Matamala, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).
By Blanca Arias-Badia and Maria Jiménez-Andrés, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).
By Pilar Orero, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).
By Sharon Black and Carlos de Pablos-Ortega, from the University of East Anglia (UK).
By Federico Álvarez García, from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain).
By Rocio Bernabé and Carlo Eugeni, the former from SDI Munchen (Germany) and the latter from SSML (Pisa, Italy).
Challenges and Technological Solutions to Provide Accessibility Services in Immersive Media Environments
By Mario Montagud, i2CAT Foundation & University of Valencia (Spain).