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Using NLIDB to Make Weather Information Relevant to Kenyan Farmers

Masinde, Muthoni, Antoine Bagula and James Wainaina (2011) Using NLIDB to Make Weather Information Relevant to Kenyan Farmers. In Proceedings 2011 African Conference on Software Engineering and Applied Computing, Cape Town, South Africa.

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The era of the Internet has brought with it a strong wave that has led to the ever-growing thirst for access to any information by anyone, everywhere, anytime and using anything. This has brought with it some form of information-divide that disadvantages the illiterates of this world. For instance, though most farmers in Kenya are illiterate, they often need to access crucial weather information to aid in their decision-making. Among the consequences of this development is the rekindling of research into the Natural Language Interfaces to Databases (NLIDB); an area where research vigor had gone cold. In this paper, we present a system that uses NLIDB to allow non-expert end users in Kenya to access weather information by typing questions in English language. This is an intermediary step in a larger project whose goal is to implement a weather monitoring system for use by farmers in Kenya that allows queries posed (written and/or spoken from a mobile phone) in any local language.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Natural Language Interfaces to Databases, weather
forecast information, Kenyan Farmers
ID Code:722
Deposited By:Bagula, Antoine
Deposited On:18 November 2011