Ginige, A., Ginige, T. & Richards, D. (2012). Architecture for social life network to empower people at the middle of the pyramid. H C Mayr, C Kop, S Liddle. 108-119. Germany: Springer. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-38370-0_10
We have designed an architecture for a mobile based information system to empower people in the middle of the pyramid (MOP). MOPs is now half of the world’s population has only a mobile phone to get connected to the Internet. They need applications to enhance their livelihood activities. These applications need to provide information on rapidly changing dynamic situations such as fluctuations in market prices, prevailing supply and demand situation for their produce as well as more stable information such as information on seeds, pests, weather patterns, soil types etc. Our architecture is designed to provide dynamic information by aggregating micro-blogs, status updates and data from sensors. It also has connections to established data sources and websites to provide more stable information and tools for empowerment.
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