Algorithmic Automated Description (AAD)
Choreographed and Orchestrated Video Annotation (COVA)
Crowd-Sourced Description for Web-Based Video (CSD)
Descriptive Video Exchange (DVX)
Expanded Populations Research Agenda for Description (EPRAD)
Remote Real-Time Description (RRTD)
Visual Impairment Research Agenda for Description (VIRAD)
The research and development component of the VDRDC consists of identifying and prototyping promising new technologies and techniques for providing blind and visually-impaired students with improved descriptive access to educational video materials that are delivered via the Internet and hand-held, mobile networked devices. It should come as no surprise that the very technologies we use to bring about this improved video accessibility are themselves made possible by the Internet and modern wireless technologies.
All software developed by the VDRDC will eventually be made available as free and open-source software (FOSS). The above links describe the software projects currently under development. Given the rapidly changing landscape of Internet technologies and mobile platforms, as well as the highly interactive stakeholder feedback mechanisms of the VDRDC, it is likely that additional promising approaches may present themselves. Please check this page and visit the VDRDC blog for the latest updates on our current projects and progress.