BACKGROUND: The importance of providing accessible and accurate information on Assistive Technology products to all the stakeholders needing it is widely acknowledged. A standardization in the description of assistive products can facilitate the selection of the products that best match the individual needs. Furthermore the definition of a standard for describing product technical details is needed for building up the knowledge base for Decision Support Systems.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our work was the development of a Taxonomy that can be used to standardize the description of ICT-Based assistive products.
METHODS: The taxonomy described in this paper has been developed by the ETNA project-a EU-funded Thematic Network that has been carried out within the framework of the European Assistive Technology Information Network (EASTIN). The taxonomy has been built trough a consensus procedure within the ETNA consortium.
RESULTS: The taxonomy is based on a two-level hierarchy of Clusters and Features, and has been connected to the third-level categories of the ISO 9999 standard "Assistive Products for Persons with Disability-Classification and terminology". A procedure has also been defined to manage the continuous update of the taxonomy.
CONCLUSIONS: The taxonomy has been implemented on the EASTIN information system, the web portal of the European Assistive Technology Information Network.
- assistive technology databases
- assistive technology information providers
- ICT assistive products
- product description
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Informatics