Gill Whitney is an acknowledged expert in the field of Digital Systems with particular knowledge of the standardisation, legislation, training and technical factors needed to support the creation of useable, useful and fun technology. She is Head of the Design for All Research Group which carries out multidisciplinary research work in the area of digital and social inclusion.
Whitney, G. and Kolar, I. (2019) Am I missing something? Experiences of using Social Media by blind and partially sighted users. Universal Access in the Information Society . ISSN 1615-5289 (Published online first) Item availability restricted.
Gill's teaching takes place in three areas as follows;
The Design for All Research Group carries out multidisciplinary research work in the area of digital and social inclusion. It utilises current and new high quality research theories and methodologies to enable all people, including older people and people with disabilities to be eIncluded and participate in the electronic knowledge revolution. The work combines and verifies relevant theory from a range of disciplines and is used to influence policy makers, professionals, academics and researchers
Gill has personal interest in Accessibility, Usability, Design for All, Standardisation and Innovation.
The Design for All Research Group at Middlesex University has recently undertaken research into the operation of the `Fix the Web' project (http://www.fixtheweb.net/). The `Fix the Web' project involves the use of online volunteers to assist in the reporting and fixing of inaccessible web sites.
Whitney, Gill (2022) Communicating the standardisation process and cybersecurity standards to undergraduate students. In: EURAS 2022: The 26th EURAS (European Academy for Standardisation e.V) Conference, 08 -10 June 2022, University of Glasgow, UK.
Hara, Sukhvinder and Whitney, Gill and Whitney, Linda (2021) A matter of life and death: how the Covid-19 pandemic threw the spotlight on digital financial exclusion in the UK. In: Information Security Technologies for Controlling Pandemics. Jahankhani, Hamid and Kendzierskyj, Stefan and Akhgar, Babak , eds. Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications . Springer International Publishing, pp. 65-108. ISBN 9783030721190
Whitney, Gill and Kolar, Irena (2020) Am I missing something? Experiences of using social media by blind and partially sighted users. Universal Access in the Information Society , 19 (2). pp. 461-469. ISSN 1615-5289
Whitney, Gill (2019) The use of standards for identifying, codifying and transmitting expert ergonomic knowledge. In: IEA 2018 20th International Ergonomics Association Congress, 26-30 August 2018, Florence, Italy.
Whitney, Gill and Hara, Sukhvinder and Whitney, Linda (2018) Study on risks and opportunities of digitalisation for financial inclusion. The perspective of vulnerable users in Estonia, Italy and UK with a focus on groups covered by the European Accessibility Act. Project Report. European Union.
Gill has obtained and worked on over 10 funded research projects including 3 European funded projects. Her most recent funded projects were:
Gill Whitney's knowledge and expertise acquired from her research can be shown by the following selection of her recent activities:
Gill represents the skills and expertise of the University externally by her standardisation activities. She is currently chair of the British Standards Institute (BSI) Committee CH/173 Assistive products for persons with disability, a member of ISO Technical Advisory Group for the revision of ISO/IEC Guide 71.a member of JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility and a member of the ANEC Design for All and ICT working groups.
Her main current standardisation activity is as a member of ISO Technical Advisory Group for the revision of ISO/IEC Guide 71. This guide is designed to enable standards to be written that do not discriminate against older or disabled people. Her role is to assist in the writing of a guide (or electronic tool) which can provide information to standardisers in the ICT field so that the standards can be used to aid designers to be innovative without setting up barriers to use.