The Web of Radios – Introducing African Community Radio as an interface to the Web of Data

Anna Bon, Viktor de Boer, Pieter de Leenheer, Chris van Aart, Nana Baah Gyan, Max Froumentin, Stephane Boyera, Mary Allen, Hans Akkermans

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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 will not be able to use the Web, unless they can produce and consume voice-based content using alternative interfaces such as (2G) mobile phone, and radio. In this paper we introduce a radio platform, based on a use case and requirements analysis of community radio stations in Mali. The voice-based content of this radio platform will be made publicly available, using Linked Data principles, and will be ready for unexpected re-use. It will help to bring the benefits of the Web to people who are out of reach of computers and the Internet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Semantic Web: ESWC 2012 Satellite Events - Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783662466407
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventExtended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2012 - Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 27 May 201231 May 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceExtended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2012

Bibliographical note

Proceedings title: ESWC 2012 Satellite events
Publisher: Springer
Editors: E. Simperl et al.


  • Community radio
  • Radio platform
  • Web of Data
  • Voice-based interfaces


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