Anna Bon

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In this paper, we present our ongoing efforts to bring the Web of Data to rural communities in the Sahel region. These efforts center around Ra-dioMarché, a market information system (MIS) which can be accessed using first-generation mobile phones. We argue that linking the locally produced and consumed data to (external) Linked Data sources will increase(More)
Despite its tremendous success, the World Wide Web is still inaccessible to 4.5 billion people-mainly in developing countries-who lack a proper internet infrastructure, a reliable power supply, and often the ability to read and write. Hence, alternative or complementary technologies are needed to make the Web accessible to all, given the limiting(More)
Despite its tremendous success, the World Wide Web can still not used by large parts of the world's population. Therefore, many people, especially in rural areas of developing countries, still do not have access to services and information that are available as a result of the World Wide Web. Given the potential of the Web in improving people's lives, a(More)
The World Wide Web opens up many avenues for new research. Some of them (Web as observable phenomenon, Web as engineered technology) fall quite well within mainstream academic paradigms of research. However, this is much less so if we position the Web as a mechanism for empowerment related to social development. Informed by our W4RA field research(More)
Technological innovation and information & communication technologies (ICTs) are considered enabling factors for social and economic development, even in very poor parts of the world. However, successful ICT deployments in low-resource regions, with low levels of literacy and poor infrastructures are scarce. In this paper we argue that a user-centered,(More)
The Linked Data movement has facilitated efficient data sharing in many domains. However, people in rural developing areas are mostly left out. Lack of relevant content and suitable interfaces prohibit potential users in rural communities to produce and consume Linked Data. In this paper, we present a case study exposing locally produced market data as(More)
[Context & motivation] Few studies have been reported a systematic use case and requirements analysis of low-tech, low-resource contexts such as rural Africa. This, despite the widespread agreement on the importance of ICTs for social and rural development, and despite the large number of ICT projects targeting underprivileged communities.(More)
In the event of a disaster, coordination of emergency respon-ders is challenging due to the diversity of support systems in use. Work is now being done to tackle the problem leveraging semantic technologies. The chosen approach focuses on the interoperability between Emergency Management Systems (EMSs) via data mediation and a reference ontol-ogy. This(More)
The World Wide Web as it is currently deployed can only be accessed using modern client devices and graphical interfaces, within an infrastructure compassing datacenters and reliable, high speed Internet connections. However, in many regions in developing countries these conditions are absent. Many people living in remote rural areas in developing countries(More)
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