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CRS to use IDS knowledge platforms for radio content

Feb 13, 2013

Operators of various community radio stations in India said that collating relevant content for their programmes is a challenge they face every day.

Collecting content for making programmes useful for the community is a challenge faced by most of the community radio stations on a daily basis, concurred most of the community radio operators, who participated in a workshop, Content Research for Community Radio, in New Delhi.

The workshop conducted by OneWorld in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), discussed various ways of conducting research on topics relevant to people covered by the community radio stations.

The workshop also demonstrated the process to extract content from resource rich platforms of IDS like the Eldis and Bridge which host a range of documents, resources and publications on a variety of subjects. While Eldis has content on health, education, agriculture, climate change and nutrition, Eldis has rich content on gender issues. IDS with its innovative Application Programming Interface (API) service, enables other organisations to pick, use and share the info-knowledge available on these resources.

OneWorld with the help of its Ek Duniya Web Services (EDWS), will support the interested community radio stations to use its plug-ins to mine knowledge resources from Eldis and Bridge. Data from these platforms is free to use.

Sonia Chopra from the community radio, Alfaz-e-Mewat in Haryana, disclosed that her station spends around 2-3 hours daily for doing content research.  She said that introduction to knowledge platforms by IDS would help them in collating content for our programmes in an efficient way. “Our radio caters to farmers and we need a daily dose of information to be disseminated to our listeners, who are mostly farmers,” Chopra said.

Dr Devendrappa S., programme officer from Krishi Community Radio Station (KCRS), Karnataka said that while the Web serves as a good platform for content research, Internet connectivity is a big hurdle in its usage, especially in the rural areas.

Seema Bharti Srivastava, station manager of Voice of Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, said that her radio works in a communally sensitive area and therefore the station encourages programmes helpful in promoting communal harmony and brotherhood in the area. “We focus on programmes related to problems of adolescent girls like the menstrual hygiene and help the women to break silence on such issues. Collating viable content for these programmes is a challenge faced by us every day, therefore, IDS platforms like Eldis should prove to be helpful to us in collecting content for our programmes,” she said.

MS Pandit, Director of Radio Snehi from Bihar, said that while the internet provides information in various forms including text, audio and video formats, “one cannot ascertain whether the information provided is complete or not,” Pandit said.

Rusi Pattanaik, station director of Voice of SOA community in Odisha, said that while government websites are a good source of content, they are not updated frequently and there is a danger of quoting old figures or facts.

Baby Raja Bundela from Radio Dhadkan in Madhya Pradesh, said that the needs of the community are kept in mind while doing content research for programmes. “Learning about Eldis, which hosts content on gender issues, is an enriching experience,” she said.

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