University of Nottingham
Eliot Jones-Garcia is a PhD Candidate at the University of Nottingham Mixed Reality Lab and CIMMYT / CGIAR Digital Innovation Initiative. His work explores Design Justice in Digital Extension; the way in which farmers and their voices contribute to the conception, construction, and evaluation of agricultural ICTs. The objective is to deliver standards by which technology providers and designers can address inequalities in design processes and outcomes, whilst improving their understanding of farmer needs, and the accountability of their actions.
This talk reports on the progress of the development and testing of an automated speech recognition tool. The project is in collaboration with Farm Radio International, an NGO broadcasting valuable knowledge to farmers across Africa., via local radio networks. Farmers are able to call in and leave comments or ask questions, however, without the capacity to transcribe and translate them, many calls go unanswered. Longa is thus a tool, built using the latest in natural language processing software, which can analyze and aggregate these calls, with the intention of better tailoring radio shows to farmers. We are currently field-testing the model and exploring the onboarding process. The speakers present lessons learned thus far for organizations wishing to explore their own audio analytics strategy.