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Title: Annotating Storefront Accessibility Data Using Crowdsourcing
The storefront accessibility can substantially impact the way people who are blind or visually impaired (BVI) travel in urban environments. Entrance localization is one of the biggest challenges to the BVI people. In addition, improperly designed staircases and obstructive store decorations can create considerable mobility challenges for BVI people, making it more difficult for them to navigate their community hence reducing their desire to travel. Unfortunately, there are few approaches to acquiring this information in advance through computational tools or services. In this paper, we propose a solution to collect large- scale accessibility data of New York City (NYC) storefronts using a crowdsourcing approach on Google Street View (GSV) panoramas. We develop a web-based crowdsourcing application, DoorFront, which enables volunteers not only to remotely label storefront accessibility data on GSV images, but also to validate the labeling result to ensure high data quality. In order to study the usability and user experience of our application, an informal beta-test is conducted and a user experience survey is designed for testing volunteers. The user feedback is very positive and indicates the high potential and usability of the proposed application.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
1827505 2131186
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Santiago, J.
Date Published:
Journal Name:
Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities, Scientific/Research Proceedings of 2022 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference
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Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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