Welcome to the VOICES Project
The VOICES project is an European Project funded under the 7th framework programme. It started 1st January 2011.
The project will run for a period of 30 months for a total budget of 2.9M€.
The consortium driving the project has 12 partners from France, Netherland, Switzerland, Italy, Senegal, South Africa, Portugal and Mali.
The focus of VOICES is the investigation of voice-based services in a rural african context. The objectives are to:
- Improve voice-based access to content and mobile ICT services through the development of a free and open source toolbox for local developers.
- Integrate local community radios and ICT to leverage the quality and the volume of radio content broadcast and sharing.
- Better support and integrate local languages in voice-based services through the development of appropriate speech elements (text-to-speech and Speech recognition) for underresourced language such as Wolof.
- Investigate self-sustainability of voice-based services through the identification and development of appropriate business models in collaboration with local communities.
- Enhance uptake of this new channel for ICT services through community building activities, development of specific capacity building initiatives (mobile training lab) in Senegal, and involvement of local ICT developers.
VOICES will prove the fitness of its results and their relevance to the African rural context by development and deployment of two pilots in health (Senegal) and agriculture (Mali).
- ICeND 2011: The First International Conference on e-Technologies and Networks for Development August 4, 2011 • Anna Bon
- Is (Web) Science Ready for Empowerment? June 21, 2011 • Anna Bon
- Stéphane Boyera, VOICES project manager, will present VOICES at IST Africa 2011. May 4, 2011 • Stéphane Boyera
- Publication of VOICES Brochure and mAgri pilot field visit report March 24, 2011 • Stéphane Boyera
- Launch of the new VOICES Web site Feb 24, 2011 • Stéphane Boyera