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[Draft] Research and Development Working Group (RDWG) Charter

The mission of the Research and Development Working Group (RDWG), part of the WAI International Program Office Activity, is to increase the incorporation of accessibility considerations into research on web technologies, and to identify projects researching web accessibility and suggest research directions that may contribute to new projects. The desired outcome of more research in web accessibility and awareness of accessibility in mainstream web-related research should decrease the number of potential barriers in future web-related technologies. This mission is complementary to the work of other Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) groups within the WAI Technical Activity and the WAI International Program Office Activity.

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End date 30 June 2016
Confidentiality Proceedings are Public. Some communications between editors may be member-confidential.
Initial Chairs Simon Harper (University of Manchester)
Expecting additional co-Chair
Initial Team Contacts
(FTE %: 15%)
Shadi Abou-Zahra
Usual Meeting Schedule Regular teleconferences: weekly
Teleconference symposia: 3 times per year
Face-to-face: None to twice annually

Scope

RDWG's scope of work includes:

Consistent with W3C Process requirements on Task Forces, the RDWG may form task forces composed of RDWG participants or join other W3C task forces to carry out assignments when under the chartered scope of RDWG. Any such task force must have a work statement (including objectives, communication, participation, and leadership) that has been announced on the RDWG mailing list, approved by the RDWG, and is available from the RDWG home page. RDWG task forces should produce requirements documents that outline the scope and expectations for work. Task forces may set up separate teleconferences and hold face-to-face meetings per the W3C process and with the approval of the RDWG.

Success Criteria

Deliverables

  1. Symposia Calendar: Proposes a list of topics, with a schedule of symposia at which those topics will be addressed. Topics will vary based on the available resources and expertise, timeliness and potential impact of the topic, and will cover areas as decided by the RDWG and in support of the Charter's success criteria. Examples from topics already covered include: Website Accessibility Metrics; Mobile Web Accessibility; Easy-to-Read on the Web; Text Customisation for Readability; and User Modeling for Accessibility, with Smart Images and Haptics in preparation. Potential future topics include web accessibility aspects of:
    • cognitive disabilities
    • virtual reality on the Web
    • social media and networking
    • online education and training
    • digital publishing and broadcasting
    • telemedicine and telecare
    • augmented reality
    • digital rights management
    • web accessibility in less developed regions
    • internationalization
  2. Online Symposia: Two hour online symposia, scheduled approximately 3 times per year, to explore a given research topic in depth. Topics will be nominated, selected and prepared by RDWG participants in good standing. Materials will be available at least one week in advance of the teleconference. Further description of RDWG online symposia is available.
  3. Research Reports: Written synopsis, as W3C Working Group Notes, of discussion with links to the material generated for the symposium such as a reading list, key research projects for the topic, and audio and text transcripts.
  4. Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research: Start-up tips and basic guidance for researchers for incorporating accessibility considerations into their research designs, to be published as an online resource.
  5. Research Resources Catalog: An annotated catalog of research and development topics that are not being investigated or are not being sufficiently investigated. Descriptions and implications of each question or issue will be provided as well as links to additional information if available.

Milestones

Note: The group will document significant changes from this initial schedule on the group home page.

Deliverable 1: Symposia Calendar

The symposia calendar will be updated at least semi-annually:

Milestones for Symposia Calendar
Milestone Update 1 Update 2 Update 3 Update 4 Update 5 Update 6
Completion Month 6 (Dec. 2013) Month 12 (Jun. 2014) Month 18 (Dec. 2014) Month 24 (Jun. 2015) Month 30 (Dec. 2015) Month 36 (Jun. 2016)

Deliverable 2 & 3: Online Symposia and Research Reports

The group will hold at least three online symposia per year, with a total cycle of 9 months for completion including publication of the resulting research reports:

Milestones for Online Symposia and Research Reports
Confirm Symposium Announce Symposium Hold Symposium Publish Draft Report Publish Final Report
Symposium Topic 1 Month 1 (Jul. 2013) Month 3 (Sep. 2013) Month 5 (Nov. 2013) Month 7 (Jan. 2014) Month 9 (Mar. 2014)
Symposium Topic 2 Month 5 (Nov. 2013) Month 7 (Jan. 2014) Month 9 (Mar. 2014) Month 11 (May 2014) Month 13 (Jul. 2014)
Symposium Topic 3 Month 9 (Mar. 2014) Month 11 (May 2014) Month 13 (Jul. 2014) Month 15 (Sep. 2014) Month 17 (Nov. 2014)
Symposium Topic 4 Month 13 (Jul. 2014) Month 15 (Sep. 2014) Month 17 (Nov. 2014) Month 19 (Jan. 2015) Month 21 (Mar. 2015)
Symposium Topic 5 Month 17 (Nov. 2014) Month 19 (Jan. 2015) Month 21 (Mar. 2015) Month 23 (May 2015) Month 25 (Jul. 2015)
Symposium Topic 6 Month 21 (Mar. 2015) Month 23 (May 2015) Month 25 (Jul. 2015) Month 27 (Sep. 2015) Month 29 (Nov. 2015)
Symposium Topic 7 Month 25 (Jul. 2015) Month 27 (Sep. 2015) Month 29 (Nov. 2015) Month 31 (Jan. 2016) Month 33 (Mar. 2016)
Symposium Topic 8 Month 29 (Nov. 2015) Month 30 (Dec. 2016) Month 32 (Feb. 2016) Month 34 (Apr. 2016) Month 36 (Jun. 2016)

Deliverable 4: Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research

The guidance Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research will be developed during the first year, and will be maintained and potentially updated later on:

Milestones for Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research
Milestone Collecting Resources Publish First Draft Publish Second Draft Publish Final Document
Completion Month 3 (Sep. 2013) Month 6 (Dec. 2013) Month 9 (Mar. 2014) Month 12 (Jun. 2014)

Deliverable 5: Research Resources Catalog

The research resources catalog will be updated at least semi-annually; significant changes from this initial schedule will be documented on the group home page:

Milestones for Research Resources Catalog
Milestone Update 1 Update 2 Update 3 Update 4 Update 5 Update 6
Completion Month 6 (Dec. 2013) Month 12 (Jun. 2014) Month 18 (Dec. 2014) Month 24 (Jun. 2015) Month 30 (Dec. 2015) Month 36 (Jun. 2016)

Timeline View Summary

  • Q3 2013 (Month 1-3):
    • Prepare symposia calendar
    • Confirm and announce first symposium
    • Collect resources for Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research
    • Prepare research resources catalog
  • Q4 2013 (Month 4-6):
    • Publish initial symposia calendar
    • Hold first symposium and prepare draft resulting report
    • Confirm second symposium and prepare for announcing
    • Publish first draft of Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research
    • Publish initial research resources catalog
  • Q1 2014 (Month 7-9):
    • Review and maintain symposia calendar
    • Publish public draft and final report from first symposium
    • Announce and hold second symposium
    • Confirm third symposium
    • Publish second draft of Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research
    • Review and maintain research resources catalog
  • Q2 2014 (Month 10-12):
    • Publish updated symposia calendar
    • Publish public draft of second symposium and prepare final report
    • Announce and prepare for third symposium
    • Publish finalized Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research
    • Publish updated research resources catalog
  • Q3 2014 (Month 13-15):
    • Review and maintain symposia calendar
    • Publish final report from second symposium
    • Hold third symposium and publish public draft
    • Confirm and announce fourth symposium
    • Review and maintain Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research
    • Review and maintain research resources catalog
  • Q4 2014 (Month 16-18):
    • Publish updated symposia calendar
    • Publish final report from third symposium
    • Hold fourth symposium and prepare draft resulting report
    • Confirm fifth symposium and prepare for announcing
    • Review and maintain Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research
    • Publish updated research resources catalog
  • Q1 2015 (Month 19-21):
    • Review and maintain symposia calendar
    • Publish public draft and final report from fourth symposium
    • Announce and hold fifth symposium
    • Confirm sixth symposium
    • Review and maintain Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research
    • Review and maintain research resources catalog
  • Q2 2015 (Month 22-24):
    • Publish updated symposia calendar
    • Publish public draft of fifth symposium and prepare final report
    • Announce and prepare for sixth symposium
    • Review and maintain Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research
    • Publish updated research resources catalog
  • Q3 2015 (Month 25-27):
    • Review and maintain symposia calendar
    • Publish final report from fifth symposium
    • Hold sixth symposium and publish public draft
    • Confirm and announce seventh symposium
    • Review and maintain Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research
    • Review and maintain research resources catalog
  • Q4 2015 (Month 28-30):
    • Publish updated symposia calendar
    • Publish final report from sixth symposium
    • Hold seventh symposium and prepare draft resulting report
    • Confirm and announce eighth symposium
    • Review and maintain Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research
    • Publish updated research resources catalog
  • Q1 2016 (Month 31-33):
    • Review and maintain symposia calendar
    • Publish public draft and final report from seventh symposium
    • Hold eighth symposium and prepare public draft
    • Review and maintain Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research
    • Review and maintain research resources catalog
  • Q2 2016 (Month 34-36):
    • Publish updated symposia calendar
    • Publish public draft and final report from eighth symposium
    • Review and maintain Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research
    • Publish updated research resources catalog

Dependencies

W3C Groups

External Groups

Coordinate with other groups worldwide who perform research and development or who coordinate research and development in their geographical region or topic area.

Participation

To be successful, RDWG is expected to have 10 or more active participants for its duration. Effective participation in the RDWG is expected to consume 4 hours per week for each participant.

Participants are reminded of the Good Standing requirements of the W3C Process.

Communication

This group primarily conducts its work on the public mailing list public-wai-rd@w3.org (archive).

Information about the group (deliverables, participants, face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, etc.) is available from the Research and Development Working Group home page.

Decision Policy

As explained in the Process Document (section 3.3), this group will seek to make decisions when there is consensus. When the Chair puts a question and observes dissent, after due consideration of different opinions, the Chair should record a decision (possibly after a formal vote) and any objections, and move on.

Patent Disclosures

The WAI Research and Development Working Group provides an opportunity to share perspectives on research to advance accessibility. This Working Group is not chartered to produce Recommendations with associated licensing obligations as described by the W3C Patent Policy. W3C reminds Working Group participants of their obligation to comply with patent disclosure obligations as set out in Section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy. While this Working Group does not produce Recommendation-track documents, when Working Group participants review Recommendation-track specifications from other Working Groups, the patent disclosure obligations do apply.

For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Implementation.

About this Charter

RDWG was originally chartered as an Interest Group in 2001 and 2005, and was rechartered as a Working Group in 2010. This charter represents a continuation of the work done under the previous charters: charter of June 2001, charter of January 2005, and previous charter of July 2010.

This charter for RDWG has been created according to section 6.2 of the Process Document. In the event of a conflict between this document or the provisions of any charter and the W3C Process, the W3C Process shall take precedence.

Primary changes in this charter include:


Status: Draft, updated 26 June 2013
Editors: Simon Harper, Shadi Abou-Zahra, and Judy Brewer with input from participants of the Research and Development Working Group (RDWG)
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