A GIS-based digital information platform for the visually impaired and blind people
Original Language Title: ways2see: Eine GIS-basierte digitale Informationsplattform für sehbehinderte und blinde Menschen
One of the main issues which are discussed to reduce the consequences of climate change is the promotion of sustainable mobility. The focus in this debate is basically on raising the proportion of alternative means of transportation as well as the development of new and alternative modes of transportation. If it comes to social sustainability the research and discussion on mobility of people with special needs is still rudimental, but especially independent mobility of people with special needs empowers them to participate actively in social life and supports a self-determined and independent life.
The core goal of ways2see is the development of a digital Internet-platform for partially sighted or blind people and their assisting persons. The platform offers on the one hand information according to the needs and services of their daily life as well as accessibility issues, on the other hand this information is presented in an accessible way and adopted to these special needs. ways2see is more than just a navigation tool- it presents spatial information including potential barriers, shows accessibility and availability information, service areas and possible routes. Based on the participative and iterative development of the user-oriented information and criteria for the design and visualization, which will be the result of several workshops with representatives of the target group, the design of the database and maps will be conducted following the basic principle "Design for All".
- The development and dissemination of scientific results in an- up to now- almost unassigned part of geography: The selection, the design and integration of spatial information in a Geographic Information System for partially sighted or blind people and their assisting persons as well as the design of the GIS due to these needs.
- Raising awareness and sensitization of the public for the topic "mobility of people which are partially sighted or blind", and the needs of these people.
- Offering ways2see to partially sighted or blind people and their assisting persons, so that they are able to improve the preparation and planning of their daily ways and destinations.