Anna Bon

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Poor Internet connectivity is one of the serious underlying causes of the digital divide between developing and industrialized countries, and is hampering the transition to the global information society. The recent emergence of national and regional research and education data communication networks in parts of the developing world have shown large(More)
Linked Data has been designed on the basis of the Web of Documents and pushed by individuals with privileged access to Web technologies. As a result, Web hosted applications and data servers have become the de-facto standard for setting up data-sharing platforms. But what about the estimated 4.5 billion underprivileged without access to the Web but with a(More)
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 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)
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)