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Almost All Questions Answered or aAQUA is a Farmer Knowledge Exchange available at aaqua.org answering questions from progressive farmers in 4 languages in any one of 420 districts in India and some places abroad.

aAQUA
Available inEnglish, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada
OwnerAgrocom Software Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Websitehttps://aaqua.persistent.co.in/aaqua/forum/index
CommercialYes
LaunchedOctober, 2003
Content license
http://aaqua.persistent.co.in/aaqua/forum/viewthread?thread=14509

Open To AllEdit

Any farmer, agriculturist or hobbyist can register and post questions and a panel of Agriculture Experts answers questions based on the problem description and photos if any. Contextual Information such as geographical location, weather, season are retrieved automatically and made available to experts. Apart from agriculture, aAQUA is a forum for questions regarding education, healthcare and other issues important to a developing population. Currently questions may be asked in one of four languages - Hindi, Marathi, Kannada and English.

Typical Q&AEdit

aAQUA uses discussion forum user interface to publish online the queries by one or more agri-users and responses and advice from other expert agri-users. Here are links to several Q&A including cucumber harvest, foot and mouth disease outbreak among cattle, assisting an ailing goat, solution to a green chilli (pepper) infection, sowing information on onions, solution to cucumber disease and a clarification on cattle feed. The most prolific farmer-users asking queries is found here. An older version of frequently asked questions on the aAQUA forum can be found here.

BackgroundEdit

Originally developed at the Developmental Informatics Lab, aAQUA uses relational database management systems and information retrieval techniques with query optimization, intermittent synchronization[1] and multilingual support. An excellent technical introduction is available in the Internet Computing Article.[2] A chapter on aAQUA was published in a book[3] by the Food and Agriculture Organization as a Case Study in the Asia Pacific Region.

AwardsEdit

  1. Manthan Award by Digital Empowerment Foundation (handed by Prof Anil Gupta of IIM Ahmedabad, Sivakumar of ITC e-Choupal and Sachin Pilot, MP.[4][5]
  2. Indian Startups and Business Incubators Award (handed by Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan)[6]

Technology TransferEdit

In 2014-15, the software was licensed perpetually to Tata Consultancy Services in a private agreement between Agrocom founders Anil Bahuman, Prof Ramamritham and TCS Chief Technology Officer Ananth Krishnan.[7] aAQUA Software was used to power the databases of TCS's mKrishi project including multi-lingual keyword search across Indian language documents using Natural Language Processing methods.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sahni, Saurabh; Krithi Ramamritham (2007). "Delay tolerant applications for low bandwidth and intermittently connected users: the aAQUA experience". ACM New York, NY, USA.
  2. ^ Ramamritham, Krithi; Anil Bahuman; Saurabh Sahni; Malathy Baru; Chaitra Bahuman; Arun Chandran; Manjiri Joshi (2008). "The aAQUA Approach: Innovative Web 2.0 Tools for Developing Countries". IEEE Educational Activities Department.
  3. ^ Hazelman; Attaluri (2011). Success Stories in the Asia Pacific Region (PDF). FAO of the UN Regional Office for Asia Pacific. pp. 1–19.
  4. ^ "E – Inclusion, 2005". Manthan Award. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  5. ^ "Appreciations". Manthan Award. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  6. ^ Graduate Venture in Agritech/Profitable Growth Category
  7. ^ "Harnessing technology for farmers". The Hindu. 2009-03-15. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-07-11. The "expert console software" referred to in the article is powered by aAQUA.

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