21st November 2016

Press Release – Jodi Awards for accessible digital culture 2017 call for applications

Deadline Friday 27th January 2017

The Jodi Awards recognise the best use of digital technology in widening access to collections, learning and creativity for disabled people in museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries and archives. For over ten years, the Jodi Awards have been celebrating organisations which push the boundaries of possibility for digital media in increasing access for all.

For the 2017, we welcome nominations from organisations of all sizes, from any country, for low-tech and hi-tech projects and for small or large audiences. What matters is the quality of your project. Previous winners include British Museum, Vocaleyes, National Trust, MShed Bristol, Tate,
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Edinburgh City Libraries, Finnish Association for the Deaf, Imperial War Museum Duxford, Roaring Girl Productions, Berlin für Blinde, Association Valentin Hauy, and Karlovy Vary Library.

Nominations for the 2017 Jodi Awards are now invited. Application forms are available on the ‘Apply’ page

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 aspects:

  • 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

Nominations need to be sent to

If you are planning to apply for an Award, and want some advice, we are happy to help you, please contact


Notes for editors

The Jodi Awards are given in memory of Jodi Mattes (1973–2001). Jodi was a tireless champion of equal access to culture and the Awards were set up to celebrate her passion and energy. In her career at the British Museum and RNIB, her work focused on improving the visitor experience to cultural activities for disabled people and the importance of involving disabled people in programme and project development. The Jodi Awards were set up by the Museums Computer Group in 2002, and the first awards given in 2003, the European Year of Disabled People. The Trust was set up as a registered charity in 2008.

The Jodi Awards recognise the best use of digital technology in widening access to information, collections, learning and creativity for disabled people in museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries and archives. In the recently-launched Warwick Commission report, ‘Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth’, the 4th of the 5 goals set to improve the current position of diversity in the arts is focused on attaining a ‘thriving digital cultural sphere which is open and available to all’ by broadening ‘interest in and access to culture by enhancing the experiences of consumers and producers alike.’ The Jodi Awards have long been recognising organisations aiming to achieve this objective and pushing the boundaries of possibility for digital media in increasing access for all

September 2016

Oxford University Museums Partnership, in collaboration with the Jodi Mattes Trust ran an excellent one day conference on 14th September 2016 at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford:

oxford-university-museums-partnershipAccess All Areas – Improving access to digital content for disabled people

About: There is growing demand for equal access to culture for people living with a disability who have historically encountered many barriers to cultural opportunities. Digital technology offers great opportunities for cultural organisations to respond to access inequalities and to incorporate universal digital design into all aspects of their work.

Access all Areas sought to demonstrate that improving digital access has benefits to all visitors and to showcase some of the great accessible digital projects currently being delivered in the Museum sector. it also explored some of the challenges Museum and Galleries face when seeking to achieve equal access.