IPEd Conference 2021: Editing on the Edges

Agata Mrva-Montoya

Agata Mrva-Montoya

Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya is Publishing Manager at Sydney University Press (SUP) and Honorary Associate in the Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney. She is a member of IPEd's Accessibility Initiative Working Party and participant of the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative. She led the implementation of accessible publishing practices at SUP. She has published on the impact of digital technologies and new business models on scholarly communication and the book publishing industry in general.

Two reports from her research project investigating accessible publishing in Australia can be downloaded from the University of Sydney.

Inclusive Publishing in Australia in Context: Opportunities and Challenges in Creating Accessible Books

Despite the developments in digital technologies, people with a print disability such as blindness or low vision have limited access to reading material in accessible formats. This ‘global book famine’ affects their opportunities for learning, participating in the social and economic life of society, and leading a balanced life.

Since 2016 the Australian Inclusive Industry Initiative (AIPI) has been working to move accessibility from the edges to the centre of the publishing workflow, so that books are designed from the start to be accessible to everyone, no matter how they read them. This paper will report on the results of an exploratory survey of Australian publishers and disability organisations conducted in 2020, developed at the University of Sydney in collaboration with the AIPI, the Australian Publishers Association and the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities. As well as providing a snapshot of sector-wide progress in the production of accessible publications, this paper will focus on the steps needed to develop an inclusive publishing workflow and identify the role editors can play in developing, producing and checking content for accessibility.
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Online, 28 to 30 June 2021
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