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Developing online maps for improving accessibility of public places

Project Flyer ↓
Why we need to get active ↓
What we want to achieve ↓
Whom we address ↓


Project Flyer

Here is a flyer with the most important information about the project:

English version: [ 2,9 MB]
Spanish version: [ 960 KB]
Austrian version: [ 2,25 MB]


Why we need to get active

Online maps offer great opportunities to indicate which places and ways are accessible and which ones are not. Locations and routes on maps can be enhanced with accessibility related data, commented, and visualised with photos. These possibilities are not yet widely used, however, and their full potential still needs to be reaped.

Everyone can contribute to online maps for accessibility by collecting, entering and validating information, and by joining others for taking action to tackle existing barriers. The map is then turning into a “collective awareness platform”. The CAP4Access project is part of a related initiative by the European Commission.

Recent developments in technology and society have opened up new sources of data that can contribute substantially to accessibility mapping. Automatic sensors in smartphones may collect data about, for instance, the effort needed to pass a certain way with a wheelchair. Public administrations have abundant data about features of the built environment – these are increasingly being made available as "open data". In both cases, research is required to unlock the potential for the benefit of citizens. This is what CAP4Access aims at.


What we want to achieve

The objective of CAP4Access is to develop and pilot-test methods and tools for collectively gathering and sharing information about accessibility of public spaces. Our tasks:

  • Documentation, annotation and discussion of places and routes about their accessibility.
  • Visualising the data in ways which are intuitive and highly attractive for target users.
  • Route planning and navigation.
  • Creating awareness and preparing effective measures for eliminating barriers.

Applications will be based on OpenStreetMap, the "Free Wiki World Map". We will make best use of established practice, in particular Wheelmap. All newly developed tools will be available for interested parties – such as city administrations – as open software under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

Our four test sites are in Vienna (Austria), London (United Kingdom), Elche (Spain) and Heidelberg (Germany).


Whom we address

CAP4Access promotes innovation for the people by the people. Specifically, we address the following groups:

  • People with limited mobility and their representatives
  • Policy-makers and public administrators
  • Grassroots initiatives
  • Spatial planners, facility managers
  • Shop owners, catering and hotel businesses
  • The wider public