Culture github + (Using tech to increase access to events)

In 2014 and 2015, Watershed experimented with using technology to increase access to No Boundaries - the annual conference for the arts and culture sector.  The numerous outcomes from this included: 

The main website clearly presented access options including contrast, font size, mono/colour and title-case, alongside an access statement for further information

Video provocations in advance of No Boundaries were close-captioned through YouTube and a word document of each interview was provided

Deadlines were included for all speakers to provide a draft of their talks so that audio description could be offered

At the event itself Bristol acted as the ‘Access Hub’ for the live stream, whilst BSL sign language interpretation was provided in the main sessions at both locations. Stagetext provided speech to text cap

Full case studies of the technology, headaches and implementation process has been written up by Oliver Humpage, Head of ICT, Watershed, and can be found online:, split into three sections:

1. Live captions / subtitles on a live stream (

2. Linking two venues with HD Video (

3. Scalable live streaming (


Why the contribution is important

Watershed invests time and resorces in this kind of experimentation and believe it is our duty to write up and share the learning for others in the sector.    How can we create a kind of cultural github where we can share learning, code, methologies etc like this to ensure everyone benefits?

by clarered on July 10, 2017 at 02:54PM

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  • Posted by willpsaunders July 10, 2017 at 16:40

    Which organisation do you think might be best placed to support a Cultural Github? And how broad do you feel its scope might be ie we are looking at issues across the arts/culture/heritage sector. Just a thought but have you had this conversation with The Audience Agency or any of the other orgnisations that are attempting to network the cultural space?
  • Posted by MatthewCock July 11, 2017 at 09:26

    Organisations like VocalEyes (which I run) and Stagetext could also help. We're both access organisations working in the arts/culture/heritage sector and are keen to support organisers to make their conferences accessible and inclusive - for blind and partially sighted people (VocalEyes) and deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people (Stagetext).
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