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Increasing accessibility of science communication in archaeology

This project is aimed at the further development of a digital exhibition that is currently taking shape. It is a broadly based transdisciplinary cooperation project with university and non-university partners. The Humboldt-Universität partners, representing two institutes, are the departments of Northeast African Archaeology and of Cultural Studies and Rehabilitation Technology; the non-university partners are stakeholders in the area of participation of persons with disabilities, a cooperating school, interested individual and museums.

The aim is to optimise the digital exhibition "Pi-Ramesses: Exploring the capital of Ramses II" in three languages (German, English, Arabic) for diverse groups of people whose needs are equally diverse, with a view to equal participation in cultural offerings. The specific focus is on enhancing the accessibility of content and the application of universal design principles. In a first phase of the project, a study-project seminar will work up and implement these aspects and the results will be tested in a first usability test.

Research interns will continue and complete the iterative process of research and development during the project’s second phase. The aim is to make the digital exhibition accessible to as many people as possible.

The applications and guides developed in the project will be tested in at least two museums. In addition, the findings from the accompanying research will be transformed into a guide and recommendations addressing specific accessibility requirements of diverse groups of people in digital spaces.

Scholarly publications will make the knowledge gained available to interested persons. The longer-term aim is to showcase the possibilities associated with use of such formats or similar formats for institutions and organisations that create exhibitions. Exhibition makers can make their exhibitions accessible to more diverse group of persons by adding more content that is more accessible or fully accessible to their exhibitions and introducing innovative new formats, while at the same time increasing impact of their exhibition themes and content on all interested visitors, by offering them a more varied experience.