Posts Tagged ‘platform’

Flattening The Data

Offline Maps On A StickThe AGCommons team has been working with global datasets from HarvestChoice, Open Streeet Map, CGIAR-CSI, Google Map Maker, and the WFP among others. Aside from ensuring that these data are relevant at a local level in Africa the team has been looking at different ways to actually deliver the information to the field. We always consider low or no bandwidth environments, intermittent power and extensive localization. (more…)

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When you spend time in Africa you realize immediately that the use mobile phones for SMS is huge. In the big cities just about everyone has a phone. Even in rural areas, most farmers use mobile phones regularly. Applications such as FrontlineSMS and RapidSMS have made it relatively easy for NGOs and others working in Africa to setup and deploy SMS broadcast to provide a variety of services. (more…)

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The AGCommons geospatial platform needs to support a wide variety of users and a large number of different scenarios in order to be successful.

From a design perspective, the ideal platform solution must be:

♦ Unbiased in terms of software tools and platforms.
♦ Based on standards to enable maximum interoperability.
♦ Driven by user needs and be user oriented. (more…)

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