Project Describe: An experiment in crowdsourcing and accessibility

Lightning Talk
Ariana French, American Museum of Natural History, USA

Project Describe is an adapted open source platform that aids the crowdsourcing of alt text for images on The original platform was developed by the NY Public Library for the crowdsourced transcription of thousands of images with written text.

This lightning talk will cover the “big picture” challenge of bringing a large, organizational web site into compliance with WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards, the development of Project Describe, internal review processes, and the viability of crowdsourcing as a tool for improving accessibility in digital products.