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Blogs from Caribbean Open Institute

February 27, 2017
Cross-posted from original Blog here:  This blog post forms part two of a three-part series in which we will be sharing the key insights and lessons learned from our work thus far re-imagining Jamaica’s agriculture infrastructure. In part one, I provided an overview of the ADS...
February 5, 2017
In 2016, the newly elected Jamaican Government set out an ambitious target of achieving 5% GDP growth in four years. To much public surprise, in the third quarter of that year Jamaica recorded an impressive 2.2% GDP growth rate, the strongest real GDP growth estimate in nine years. The Agriculture...
December 13, 2016
The underlining theme in research around open data is that data should be made publicly available, freely or at a low cost, be reusable and redistributed without the restrictions of copyright or any such mechanisms (www.opendatahandbook.org). Open data has four distinct benefits, some direct and...
December 10, 2016
Jamaica has become the 3rd Caribbean country to join the Open Government Partnership, following the Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago. In a letter of intent signed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the country signalled its continued commitment towards greater transparency,...
December 9, 2016
A short video Blogpost on the importance of Open Data to governance and decision-making in Caribbean Protected Areas Visit the Caribbean Gateway for more information or Contact: julian.walcott@cavehill.uwi.edu
September 17, 2016
After having a productive meeting with the Ministry of Tourism and its affiliate companies, four (4) representatives from the Tourism Product Development Company visited August Town on Tuesday August 9, 2016 to review the proposed tour route. Several suggestions were made on how to enhance the tour...
September 13, 2016
Part of the vision of the Caribbean Gateway includes the sharing and openness of data that leads to the sustainable development of the Caribbean’s protected areas. One of the first steps to achieving this vision was to get data custodians on board. During the many interactions with the...
August 26, 2016
In Jamaica there is a saying that “one han’ cyaan clap” which simply means that you have to work with others to achieve a common goal, you can’t do it alone. This proverb echoed throughout this interactive community mapping project implemented by the Mona School of Business...
August 4, 2016
Tourism is a vital economic activity, and a significant contributor to employment and GDP for most of the predominantly small island developing states (SIDS) of the Caribbean, which is widely regarded as the most tourism-dependent region in the world. In terms of economic share of market, the...
July 20, 2016
What’s in the future for Marine Protected Areas (MPA) data sharing and access? Here in the Caribbean there are two possible data futures, open or closed. A closed future would mean that data collection, sharing and use are limited. Whereas an open future is one where data collected is...
July 1, 2016
Ministry Of Health partners with local innovators to aid in fight against Zika; Several Promising Web and mobile applications created. June 28, 2016; Kingston, Jamaica With a call for varied sections of society to join the fight against the Zika Virus and other vector borne diseases, and just a...
June 16, 2016
Introduction In June 2016, the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) will launch its first Open Data Portal and progressively release a variety of Public Sector datasets. Much of the success and impact of GoJ’s Open Data Initiative will be determined by the level of awareness and engagement with...

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