A week ago Nana Gyan arrived, a PhD student from Ghana that will work on the new Web for Regreening Africa (W4RA) project. W4rA is a collaboration between our Business Web and Media group (headed by Hans Akkermans) and Centre for International Cooperation at VU University Amsterdam, and the World Wide Foundation. Stephane Boyera (WWW Foundation, W3c) was in Amsterdam for his arrival as well.
Ana Bon from the VU Centre for International Cooperation invited everybody to her house for a dinner. The photo gives a glimpse of the W4RA-themed dessert.
The first phase of the project will focus on developing 2 pilots that we can take along for a road show for businesses and NGOs in Burkina Faso and Ghana in Fall 2010.
The first pilot will focus on developing news feeds and Q/A services for agricultural knowledge. This involves implementing Voice-XML based services that can transform text in voice and vice versa, so that information can be easily broadcasted and shared across different media out of the Web, such as sms and radio.
The second pilot will develop a geographical map application that combines (mash-up) live information provided by NGO.
These concrete pilots will produce much useful linked data further research in the field of Web Science and Semantic Web. In fact this project is only the tip of the much broader research program that we are currently developing in this context.
More information can be found here