The Jodi Mattes Trust promotes barrier-free access to cultural collections for disabled people. Museums, galleries, archives, libraries and heritage sites use technology ever more to serve their audiences. The Trust fosters the cultural equality of disabled people by celebrating best practice through the Jodi Awards; developing guidance for museums, libraries and archives; challenging cultural organisations to do more for the cultural rights of disabled people.
The Jodi Awards
The Awards are for best use of technology to widen access to information, learning, collections and creativity for disabled people in museums, libraries, archives and heritage. The Awards are given in memory of Jodi Mattes, a tireless champion of equal access to culture for disabled people.
The next awards will be presented in 2017.
Who can apply?
Museums, libraries, archives, heritage and disability organisations, of all sizes and from all countries, that have worked on accessible digital culture initiatives are eligible to apply. Projects can be low or hi-tech and for small or large audiences. Nominations for this year’s awards are now closed, but see our ‘Apply’ page for information on how to apply for the next round of awards in 2019.
About the Award Criteria
Judges will be looking for projects, services or facilities which demonstrate exemplary qualities, real effort and achievement, and have the power to inspire change. The Judges will assess the following dimensions of your project:
- Organisational commitment to disability equality
- Involvement of disabled people in the planning, designing, creating and testing of products or services
- Adherence to inclusive design principles
- Outcomes, including the quality of finished products or services, key benefits and user endorsements
- Level of in-built sustainability and/or growth
- Inspirational value and potential impact
Rather than award categories, up to three awards will be given to projects that demonstrate high qualities across all the judging criteria.
Jodi Awards: 2015 winners
The 2015 Awards, the 11th year of awards, were presented by Baroness Campbell at an evening ceremony at the British Library. You can watch an interview with the Baroness here. The winners list includes two innovative and inclusive library services and a groundbreaking new museum promoting worldwide discussion about human rights. Photos of the event can be found here (and below!).
Edinburgh City Libraries supports through new technology the information, learning and employment needs of its blind and partially-sighted users, whilst also linking them to community initiatives and social activity. The project has resulted in over 100 new users to the library service and new classes and reading groups have formed through connections made.
The Judges praised the proactivity and dedication of all involved in the project, and were especially impressed with the growth of the service in a short space of time.
The Finnish Association of the Deaf received an award in recognition of its pioneering new service, The Sign Language eLibrary of Finland. At its launch, this project made available 250 filmed sign language versions of books, and between one and three videos are added to the collection each week. The sign language eLibrary has been accepted as part of the library network in Finland. Not only does it support access to information in sign language, but it strengthens the identity of sign language users and brings Deaf culture to the fore.
Judges praised the national scale of this new project, and commended the positive role it plays in bridging gaps between communities.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights won an award for its commitment to complete accessibility in every aspect. Canadian Museum of Human Rights mobile app innovationThe museum, located in Winnipeg, opened to the public in September 2014, and through 47,000 square feet of digitally rich mixed-media installations invites visitors to explore the subject of human rights, promoting respect for others and encouraging reflection and dialogue.
Judges praised the focus on seamless integration across the site, acknowledging that this museum stands out as a beacon of excellence in digital inclusivity, not only in Canada but worldwide.