Linked Data for Development - Victor de Boer & Christophe Guéret


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Victor and Christophe introduce Linked Data for Development and highlight some examples. They explore possibilities to make linked data available in rural developing regions, through a voice/local radio interface and other low-infrastructure solutions.

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Linked Data for Development - Victor de Boer & Christophe Guéret

  1. 1. Linked Data for Development A World Wide Semantic Web @wwsemweb Open Development Camp 2013 Christophe Guéret Marat Charlaganov Victor de Boer
  2. 2. Need for data sharing in rural developing areas • Agriculture – – – – Market Prices Business opportunities Support Sharing indigenous knowledge – Etc. • Health – Prevention – Access to healthcare – Detection of disease outbreak – etc. • • Education Etc. Based on
  3. 3. Barriers to the Internet 1. Technology: The lack of connectivity and electricity, cost of devices and cost of connection are limiting the adoption and usage of new technologies; 2. Capacity: Lack of time and resources limits the participation in data sharing processes. There are also issues related to low education levels, low capacity to interpret data, and illiteracy; 3. Relevance: Power balance, culture, apathy, lack of incentives, lack of interest and dis-empowerment are also all threats to having citizens engage in data sharing. Stephane Boyera (
  4. 4. Information sharing should be made 1. usable on small, affordable, hardware deployed in various connectivity contexts; 2. accessible to individuals with varied cultural backgrounds / literacy levels; 3. relevant and directly useful to the target public they aim to empower. Infrastructure Interface Relevancy
  5. 5. Infrastructure • • • • No internet, No bandwith, No computer, No electricity • Cost – Total cost of ownership
  6. 6. Interface • • • • Low literacy Low education Small languages low capacity to interpret data, and illiteracy;
  7. 7. Relevancy • No local content • No local ownership • Power balance, culture, apathy, lack of incentives, dis-empowerment Subsecretario de transparencia, Alcaldes y la gente Max Rodriguez
  8. 8. Why the Semantic Web? • Information (from NGOs) in silos – Specific products – Specific communities • Lot of knowledge is lost due to lack of publication  Sharing (heterogeneous) knowledge is essential • LD is well-suited because of: – Language-agnostic – Interface-agnostic – De-centralised authoring • Slicing – Re-usability • Local • Global Img: flickr/elcovs
  9. 9. Web of Documents (WWW) Linked Documents
  10. 10. Web of Data Linked Data Semantic Web
  11. 11. New ways of connecting to the (Semantic) Web
  12. 12. Mobile phones
  13. 13. Radio •No. 1 source of information •Interactive radio programs •Huge listening base
  14. 14. Low-powered hardware • OLPC XO laptop • Raspberry Pi • Sheevaplug etc.
  15. 15. With the mainstream • Dev. countries can leapfrog directly into the information age, – jumping many phases of immature technologies • Linked Data is mainstream computer science research. – Let’s worry about the 4.5 B unconnected prosumers now! Img: flickr/n3v3rv0id
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