News & Events

VOICES results presented at ACM Web Science Conference, Paris 2 May 2013

Today Nana Baah Gyan will present results from the m-agro Knowledge Sharing Pilot during the ACM Web Science 2013 Pecha Kucha session of short sharp talks.

VOICES in New Scientist 25 April 2013

25 April 2013: New Scientist dedicates article to VOICES project: "Voice-based web access helps illiterate get online".

VOICES Conference in Bamako 23 April 2013


Tabale service presented by Tangara

Tuesday 23 of April 2013 the final Conference of the m-Agro Knowledge Sharing pilot of the VOICES project was celebrated in Bamako, at the Azalaï Salam Hotel.

Paper "Use case and requirements analysis in a remote rural context in Mali" presented at REFSQ 2013 Conference

The paper "Use case and requirements analysis in a remote rural context in Mali" was presented at the REFSQ 2013 Conference in Essen, Germany on April 9th, 2013. This is the 19th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality (REFSQ 2013).

The paper describes results form the pilot in Mali for Work Package 5.

Abstract of the paper

Students at VUA build technologies to support African farmers

Two students of the Computer Science department @ VU presented their their designs in the Intertainlab. One student (Francis Dittoh) will focus on developing a system, based on voice technologies and mobile telephony, that may support farmers in Northern Ghana to sell their produce and find their customers, and the other (Maurice Groot) will work on the design of culturally sensitive user interfaces. He will base his research on a use case in support of Regreening, in rural areas in Mali.

Six students at VUA involved in VOICES/W4RA related research

Currently, six students of the Computer Science Department at VU are doing research on VOICES and W4RA related topics. Friday 20 April, a mini-symposium, took place in the Intertainlab at VU Amsterdam, for those students involved in MSc. projects related to the VOICES project and other activities associated with “the Web for Warm Countries”. The goal of this meeting was for the students to inform each other about the current status of their research project and to sketch the bigger picture.

“ICT4D: Developing Countries and the Globalization of the World Wide Web” at VU Multi-Cultural

VU University Amsterdam organized a Multi Cultural event on June 6th 2012. The VOICES project was presented during this seminar.
In the morning Hans Akkermans chaired the first part of the International workshop on Cultural Diversity. Guest speaker was Etienne Barnard, from the Multilingual Speech Technology Research Group, North-West University, South-Africa, presenting: "Speaking Different Languages: Can Speech Technology Make the World a Better Place?"

Conference at IFRI: ICTs and Agriculture in Africa, an unexpected Alliance

IFRI, Institut français des rélations internationales,the famous research institute ranked amongst the 50 most influencial think tanks of the world, will host a seminar entitled "ICTs and Agriculture in Africa: An unexpected alliance".

Linked Market Data - Poster by Victor de Boer et al. awarded best poster

The poster named  "Bringing the Web of Data to Developing Countries - Linked Market Data in the Sahel" by Victor de Boer et al. was presented on 29 May at Extended Semantic Web Conference 2012. View the poster here. This poster shows how Linked Data, applied in the Radio Marché market information system, can be used to support farmers in rural areas in the Sahel.

Speech Technologies for Under-Resourced Languages

Victor de Boer and Anna Bon are now presenting two papers related to VOICES at the First International Workshop on Downscaling the Semantic Web, Crete, Greece, May 28th 2012. See the group picture, with the organizers.