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Issue No. 02 - March/April (2008 vol. 12)
ISSN: 1089-7801
pp: 62-70
Krithi Ramamritham , IIT-Bombay
Anil Bahuman , Agrocom, India
Saurabh Sahni , IIT-Bombay
Malathy Baru , IIT-Bombay
Chaitra Bahuman , IIT-Bombay
Arun Chandran , IIT-Bombay
Manjiri Joshi , IIT-Bombay
aAQUA is a multilingual, multimedia agricultural portal that lets rural farmers and agribusiness employees ask and answer questions online. The system incorporates novel database systems and information retrieval techniques, including intelligent caching and offline access with intermittent synchronization. aAQUA's large-scale deployment provides avenues for researchers to contribute in the areas of unstructured information and knowledge management, cross-lingual information retrieval, delay-tolerant Web application design and content provision for rural populations. Apart from agriculture, aAQUA can be configured and customized to provide expert advice in education, healthcare, and other key domains for developing populations.
Web portals, online question-answering system, multilingual information retrieval, offline access with updates, ICT for agriculture, delay-tolerant applications

S. Sahni et al., "The aAQUA Approach: Innovative Web 2.0 Tools for Developing Countries," in IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 12, no. , pp. 62-70, 2008.
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