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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 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)
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)
[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)