Berlinische Galerie with an barrier-free app for blind people for visitor guidance and information transfer by shoutr labs

©BerlinischeGalerie, ©Photo Harry Schnitger

Berlinische Galerie – inclusive audio guide

Berlinische Galerie with a barrier-free visitor guide for blind people to guide visitors and provide information from shoutr labs

©BerlinischeGalerie, ©Photo Harry Schnitger

For more than two years, the Berlinische Galerie, State Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture, has been working in close cooperation with the German Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBSV) within the project Culture with All Senses on an inclusive art experience.

The exhibition area Art in Berlin 1880-1980 will be made accessible for visually impaired and blind visitors. Tactile models, a tactile floor guidance system, a tactile room plan and a museum app now invite visitors to an inclusive museum experience.

Berlinische Galerie with an accessible audio guide for the blind for visitor guidance and information transfer by shoutr labs

Barrier-free app for blind and low vision people

In close cooperation with the Berlinische Galerie and the DBSV we developed the accessible app “Berlinische Galerie – an inclusive guide”, which accompanies and guides visitors through the Berlinische Galerie.

The beacons, which are placed in ERCO rails, shoutr.Beacons trigger location-related content and support blind and visually impaired visitors with descriptive texts, explanations of the tactile models and orientation information.

The close collaboration and expertise with the DBSV’s were fundamental to functional and design decisions. Within the app, visitors can choose between tours and also control the multimedia guide manually. Sighted, low vision or blind visitors have access to individually prepared information through the selection of different guided tours. In this way, the museum reaches the needs of different target groups within one app.

Due to the already existing WLAN infrastructure in the Berlinische Galerie, we only installed a shoutr.Monolithfor faster content transfer. This enables central storage and output of all app content, as well as updating by employees.

In the shoutr.CMS (Content-Management-System) employees of the Berlinische Galerie independently upload media objects such as audio files or images and provide them with alt texts. Each page layout can be defined by the museum itself in the shoutr.Editor .

An important aspect of how the museum app works is its compatibility with Voice-Over, a basic accessibility feature for blind people. The images of the paintings on the smartphone can also be enlarged.

At the request of the Berlinische Galerie, the app’s content can also be accessed from home. In the future, it is planned to expand the content of the app to include offerings in German sign language or plain language.

German Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The German Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBSV) received third place in the 2019 CBP Digital Prize for the inclusive app developed in collaboration with the Berlinische Galerie and shoutr labs .

The shoutr.System gives all target groups access to exhibitions.

  • Audio descriptions and alternative texts can be stored for blind and visually impaired people
  • Compatibility with assistive technologies
  • Possibility to integrate any number of languages, including simple and/or easy language
  • Different tours and content can be created for different target groups, such as children, young people and adults
  • Possibility of integrating a dark mode for better visibility through increased contrast
  • Videos with sign language can also be integrated into the system
CBP Digital Prize with shoutr labs and the Berlinische Galerie

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