Decentralised Open Data                      for World Citizens     Christophe Guéret, Victor de Boer, Anna Bon & many mor...
The common facets of Open DataPMOD - June 2012   Open Data for World Citizens                                    2/19     ...
Open Data portals                                      Single entry point to all                                      data...
Open Data users                                     They have a smartphone                                     or at least...
Open Data producer hardware                                                                Data centers that can          ...
Who are we talking about exactly?     Data consumers that:          (Computer) literate          Early adopters of new tec...
Data sharing need and issues      Example needs          Market prices          Innovative agricultural techniques        ...
A simple question...                                      How can everyone                                      benefit fr...
Voice interfaces     What ?          Replace textual interfaces by speech     Why ?          Everyone can speak and listen...
DownScaling infrastructures     What ?        Use a swarm of micro-servers instead of a central one     Why ?        Micro...
Our target hardware, portal and users  ‘Allo, Linked Data?PMOD - June 2012        Open Data for World Citizens   11/19
Some of the ongoing projectsPMOD - June 2012     Open Data for World Citizens   Photo (c) Bruno van Moerkerken            ...
RadioMarché: sharing market pricesPMOD - June 2012   Open Data for World Citizens   13/19
RadioMarché : voice interface                                      Farmers call to indicate                               ...
Foroba Blon: timely data sharing                   It rained a                    lot today!                              ...
Foroba Blon: citizen journalists      Users call the service and leave their message      Community radios collect and cur...
SemanticXO: sharing data at 6 to 12PMOD - June 2012   Open Data for World Citizens   17/19
SemanticXO: data sharing stack for the XO                                           Every XO is a data    External        ...
Take home message      Widening the access to Open Data implies          Developing voice-based interfaces          DownSc...
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These are the slides of a presentation given at http://www.w3.org/2012/06/pmod . Our current mindset when thinking about "Open Data" excludes the majority of World population from using it. This presentation highlight some of the work being done to change this.

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Decentralised Open Data for World Citizens

  1. 1. Decentralised Open Data for World Citizens Christophe Guéret, Victor de Boer, Anna Bon & many more Using Open Data policy modelling, citizen empowerment, data journalism 19 - 20 June 2012PMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 1/19
  2. 2. The common facets of Open DataPMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 2/19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/swamibu/2928083712
  3. 3. Open Data portals Single entry point to all data and applications English + country official language(s) Text oriented Serve static dataPMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 3/19
  4. 4. Open Data users They have a smartphone or at least a Web browser They are young and geeky They can read and type Some of them will code applications for the othersPMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 4/19
  5. 5. Open Data producer hardware Data centers that can host terabytes of data 99.9% uptime High speed reliable http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/3323018571 Internet connectionPMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 5/19
  6. 6. Who are we talking about exactly? Data consumers that: (Computer) literate Early adopters of new technologies Data producers that: Have access to publication platforms Have a significant amount of data to publish Are trusted as data providers A tiny fraction of the 7 billion World CitizenPMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 6/19
  7. 7. Data sharing need and issues Example needs Market prices Innovative agricultural techniques Information about stock of crops Issues Distances between rural communities in Sahel Limited infrastructure: no electricity, no computer, no Internet (but radio and mobile phones) Lack of relevant content, literacy and education, different languagesPMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 7/19
  8. 8. A simple question... How can everyone benefit from Open Data ? Part of the solution: Voice interfaces DownScaled infrastructuresPMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 8/19
  9. 9. Voice interfaces What ? Replace textual interfaces by speech Why ? Everyone can speak and listen Good mobile penetration in sub-Saharan Africa How ? Use and develop TTS and ASR technologies Deal with several local languagesPMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 9/19
  10. 10. DownScaling infrastructures What ? Use a swarm of micro-servers instead of a central one Why ? Micro-servers are less costly Redundancy in the swarm improves robustness Decentralise => get closer to data consumers/producers How ? Use low-end hardware Adapt data technologies (in particular, Linked Data)PMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 10/19
  11. 11. Our target hardware, portal and users ‘Allo, Linked Data?PMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 11/19
  12. 12. Some of the ongoing projectsPMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens Photo (c) Bruno van Moerkerken 12/19
  13. 13. RadioMarché: sharing market pricesPMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 13/19
  14. 14. RadioMarché : voice interface Farmers call to indicate their prices Messages are generated in different languages Buyers call and listen to the messages Rely on community radioPMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 14/19
  15. 15. Foroba Blon: timely data sharing It rained a lot today! I wonder when it will rain...PMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 15/19
  16. 16. Foroba Blon: citizen journalists Users call the service and leave their message Community radios collect and curate the citizen- reported content Messages are diffused on the radio and are accessible via mobile phones and on the Web Less latency between producers and consumersPMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 16/19
  17. 17. SemanticXO: sharing data at 6 to 12PMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 17/19
  18. 18. SemanticXO: data sharing stack for the XO Every XO is a data External Sugar applications activities publisher and consumer Structured HTTP Server data store API Does not rely on any central host Triple Web of Data store + Uses lightweight data files relays when neededPMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 18/19
  19. 19. Take home message Widening the access to Open Data implies Developing voice-based interfaces DownScaling infrastructures For more information: http://worldwidesemanticweb.wordpress.com/ http://semweb4u.wordpress.com/ http://w4ra.few.vu.nl/ http://mvoices.eu/PMOD - June 2012 Open Data for World Citizens 19/19
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