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Born Digital, Born Accessible: Making the documents and data in open scholarship accessible to all

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The open scholarship / open science movement is based in part on the principle of equitable access to knowledge as a human right. But how equitable is that access if the documents and data produced in these frameworks are themselves not readily accessible to people with disabilities? In this webinar, experts will present the case for making the born-digital products of research accessible at the point of creation and will provide basic tools and techniques for making sure that born-digital documents and data are also accessible at the point of creation.

This virtual workshop is sponsored by the UMD Libraries and UMD PACT and is part of a series of events at the University of Maryland commemorating the OSTP Year of Open Science.


Dr. Jonathan Lazar is a professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, and is the executive director of the Maryland Initiative for Digital Accessibility and a faculty member in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. He has authored or edited over 200 refereed articles and 17 books, including his most recent, Foundations of Information Law (co-authored with Paul Jaeger, Ursula Gorham, and Natalie Greene Taylor), published in Sept 2023, and has been granted two US patents for his work on accessible web-based security features for blind users. Dr. Lazar has been on the Executive Board of the Friends of the Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) since 2009, has served as the co-chair of the Cambridge University Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology (CWUAAT) since 2012, has been on the program committee of the ACM Conference on Accessible Computing (ASSETS) most years since 2006.

Rachel Woodbrook (she/her, MA/MLIS) has worked in data curation at the University of Michigan Library since 2018, and is currently the Data Curation Specialist for Humanities, Social Science and Medicine. Her previous work was in global health research, and at community college libraries. She oversaw and contributed to an Accessibility Primer for the Data Curation Network, and is invested in extending the knowledge established around accessibility to best practices for data creation and sharing.

Stephanie S. Rosen (she/they) has worked at the intersection of accessibility and higher education since 2010, and is currently the IT Accessibility Assistant Director at University of Michigan IT Services. Rosen has a background in the humanities, digital scholarship, and libraries, and has contributed to accessibility in publishing and information science while working at the University of Michigan Library.


This event is free and open to the public. UMD Libraries welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you have questions about the access provided, please contact If you would like to request specific accommodations, please contact at least two weeks in advance of your participation.



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