Guidelines for Describing Visual Resources in the Arts and Humanities

The description of visual resources is a crucial component of accessible digital publications, as it affords access to the information contained in images for the many people with disabilities that affect reading, and all people who listen to content read aloud on electronic devices. In academic and museum publications, such description must be scholarly as well as accessible, and in line with existing standards. Our project aims to develop guidelines to support such description in the context of scholarly arts and humanities publishing, especially books. The main part of this project involves gathering together in an invitation-only workshop a diverse group of experts to scope the challenges and lay out the substance of the guidelines. 

The guidelines will be an open access resource for our fields, similar to the existing DIAGRAM Image Description Guidelines that serve the STEM fields and educational publishing contexts. 

This project is supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the University of Michigan Library and Press.