Bringing the Web of Data to Developing Countries: Linked Market Data in the Sahel

Presented at: 9th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2012)

by Victor De Boer, Hans Akkermans, Nana Baah Gyan, Pieter De Leenheer, Anna Bon, Chris van Aart, Christophe Guéret, Wendelien Tuyp, Stephane Boyera, Mary Allen

Although the Web is a great success, around 4.5 billion people -mainly in developing countries- are still unable to access its information. Currently, a number of efforts are being undertaken to bridge this so-called ’digital divide’ in the Web of Documents. At the same time, as engineers of the Web of Data, we have the opportunity to not let the “Digital Linked Data Divide” grow too large. Like it does in the developed world, sharing and re-use of locally produced and consumed data can also increase its value in developing regions. We here describe our ongoing efforts to implement Linked Data-backed solutions for the rural Sahel regions, including voice-based interfaces to this data and use cases highlighting the opportunities of re-using the data.

Keywords: Africa, Development Studies, Linked Data, Market Information Systems, Voice Interfaces

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