Perspectives on accessibility in ICT

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How is equality realized or achieved in the worlds of ICT products and services?

The theme is pondered in the event organized by Kotoistus initiative.

Time: Mon 28th Nov, 2022 at 9.30-13.

Location: Auditorium, National Library of Finland (Yliopistonkatu 1, Helsinki) & web.

Registration for live participants is closed.
Registration for online participants closes 25th of November at 10 AM (GMT+3)


9.00-9.25 Morning coffee
9.30-9.35 Welcome words, Nina Hyvönen (Information Systems Manager, The National Library of Finland)
9.40-10.15 Interoperability & usability at the core of Unicode, Alolita Sharma (Board director Unicode consortium)
10.15-10.25 Discussion, chair Tommi Jauhiainen
10.25-10.55 Saavutettavuuden poliittiset ja eettiset kysymykset, Jaana Parviainen (Tutkimusryhmän johtaja DIG1t0 at the University of Tampere, Yhteiskuntatieteiden tiedekunta)
10.55-11.05 Q&A, chair Tommi Jauhiainen
11.05-11.35 Teknisen viestinnän ja saavutettavuuden rajapinnat, Pia Karasjärvi (Väitöstutkija, Vaasan yliopisto; hallituksen jäsen, Suomen teknisen viestinnän yhdistys)
Saavutettavuus, esimerkkinä Ōura, Eeva Viljanen (Senior UX Writer)
11.35-11.45 Q&A, chair Tommi Jauhiainen
11.45-12.15 Konekääntäminen ja saavutettavuus, Mary Nurminen (Yliopisto-opettaja, Tampereen yliopiston Informaatioteknologian ja viestinnän tiedekunta)
12.15-12.25 Q&A, chair Tommi Jauhiainen
12.25-12.45 Discussion, chair Tommi Jauhiainen
12.45-12.55 Summary of the day, Tommi Jauhiainen

Spurring the discussion

Mary Nurminen

University Instructor
Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences
About Mary Nurminen on Tampere University webpage

Pia Karasjärvi

Suomen teknisen viestinnän yhdistys webpage

Pia Karasjärvi has been working in various Technical Communication roles for over 15 years. She has an MA in Technical Communication and is currently a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Vaasa. Her research topic is applying a Technical Communication approach to Accessibility. Pia is treasurer of the Finnish Technical Communication Society and an active board member of the local autism society of the Helsinki area and of the Finnish national autism association Autismiliitto.

Jaana Parviainen

Digito Principal Investigator, Tampere University
Digito project webpage

Jaana Parviainen holds a PhD in philosophy (1998) from University of Tampere and received the title of docent in philosophy in 2002. Her current research interests include ignorance studies and social epistemology relating to expertise and the politics of digitalisation in the post-capitalist society. Her philosophical expertise covers social epistemology, the philosophy of technology and the phenomenology of embodiment.  More information on her career and research interests can be found here.

Alolita Sharma (in English)

Alolita is a board director of the Unicode Consortium which serves a vital role in language standardization and in bridging the digital divide. Alolita wants to see all languages fully represented on the Web. She believes the way forward depends on the adoption of open source, open data and open standards. Unicode and standardized, open source language components like ICU, CLDR, webfonts. Alolita believes the Unicode Consortium serves a vital role in language standardization and bridging the digital divide. Alolita is an invited expert on the W3C Internationalization working group and chairs the W3C Indic International Program (IIP) taskforce. For more information, take a look at her full length bio.

Nina Hyvönen

Information Systems Manager in the National Library of Finland leads NatLibFi’s Interoperability team.

Acting as chairman in the event is Tommi Jauhiainen

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Digital Humanities
Project Planner, Department of Digital Humanities

About Tommi Jauhiainen

For more information contact Riitta Koikkalainen.

Kotoistus webpage


Interoperability, usability, and accessibility. These three words belong to the same family but mean slightly different things. Yet, each of them characterizes a proper digital product or service.

A proper digital product or service is recognized by the fact that it is effortless to use. The quality improves further, if the product or service is also interoperable, meaning the user can switch to use other products and services without any hitches.

Such – that is, high quality – products and services are achieved when accessibility is considered both in the design and implementation of products and services.

Kotoistus Statement in Favor for Accessibility 2019 (in Finnish)