A taxonomy for ICT assistive technology products

Valerio Gower, Renzo Andrich

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-136
Number of pages10
JournalTechnology and Disability
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • assistive technology databases
  • assistive technology information providers
  • ICT assistive products
  • product description
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Informatics


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