Abstract for Research Software Camp keynote talk by Chris Hartgerink released
Chris Hartgerink (Liberate Science) will deliver the keynote talk at our Research Software Camp on research accessibility. His talk on 'The Social Model of Inaccessibility' will be available online from the morning of Monday 22 February, the first day of the two-week camp. Here is the abstract for the talk:
The social model of disability teaches us that people are disabled by barriers in society, not by their individual existence. This powerful message reverses the burden of change onto the collective choices that we make everyday, instead of forcing the individual to adapt.
Learning from this perspective can provide us with insights on research accessibility. How do we construct barriers to research in our collective, day-to-day choices? What dimensions can we consider? It forces us to reflect on potential unintended consequences of our "solutions" to promote research accessibility, instead of forcing individuals who lack access to adapt. Are we constructing new barriers, or breaking down barriers?
In this keynote, I expand on the social model of research inaccessibility to provide you with a starter kit in making your own research more accessible.
This will be followed by a live Q&A session on Wednesday 24 February at 3:30pm GMT via Zoom, which will allow participants to ask questions and start conversations around his talk. A link to join the Q&A will be provided after registration around a week before the session.