Library of Congress Uses AST to Caption Web Video Material
The Library of Congress has chosen AST as a provider for closed captioning and is working toward making its Web materials available and accessible to all viewers.
The Library of Congress was established in 1800 by the U.S. Congress, making it the oldest federal cultural institution in the U.S. With millions of maps, books, recordings and manuscripts in its collection, it is the largest library holding in the world.
With so many visitors to its public website, the Library of Congress' Information Technology Services (ITS) Multimedia Group is endeavoring to make both archival web videos and current webcasts accessible by adding captioning.
Glenn Ricci, the Multimedia Coordinator for the Information Technology Services (ITS) at The Library of Congress says, "It's important that we make our Webcasts as accessible as possible, not just to meet Section 508 requirements, but to fulfill our mission to make our resources available to everyone."
AST is proud to be a part of this important project. If you would like to read more about the Library of Congress' captioning efforts, follow this link:http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/captions.html
AIGA Captions Video Content
AIGA, the professional association for design, has chosen AST for captioning their video presentations. AIGA's mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.
By providing transcripts and closed-captioning for videos, AIGA extends its video presentations to the greatest number of people interested in design, regardless of physical abilities. This is in service of AIGA's objectives to foster discussions about design and articulate the value of design and design thinking to business leaders and the public at large.
Says Lydia Mann, AIGA's Web Director, "[AST] worked with us to set up the easiest possible workflow, taking into account file sizes and [possible] bandwidth limitations."
In captioning their video materials, AIGA learned that captions and PDF transcripts are appreciated and used by both the hearing-impaired and those without hearing impairment. AST is pleased to be a part of AIGA's standard-bearing stance on accessibility for all designers and the public audience for design.
Examples of AIGA's captioned video content, in addition to PDF transcripts, are available at AIGA's website.