Documents & Research Library

The Caribbean Open Institute maintains an electronic library of documents relating to Caribbean Open Data and Communications issues, topics and interests, including presentations, short papers, articles and other relevant documents. We have also compiled a growing reference catalog of current and emerging research on Open Data and Open Institutional approaches. Access the Research Library

Title Abstract Authorsort descending Date Published
Impact 2.0: New mechanisms for linking research and policy

This book features case studies and reports on the use of “web 2.0″ and social networking applications and services to increase the impact of research on policy in Latin America. During 2010 and 2011 Fundación Comunica, with funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada) and assistance from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), supported a series of small research projects examining the use of online social networking services to link research and policy in the region. Twelve projects were supported, most of them selected from ninety-seven proposals received following the distribution of a call for proposals in May 2010. Two types of projects were supported: (i) action research projects involved both implementing and evaluating a specific use of one or more online social networking services to link research and policy or researchers and policymakers, and (ii) more conventional ones evaluated existing initiatives implemented by third parties.

Bruce Girard & Estela Acosta y Lara

Sep,2012 Read More...

Open Government Data: A Catalyst for Jamaica’s Growth and Innovation Agenda

This paper estimates the potential impact of Open Government Data on the Jamaican economy at a macro level and at sector-specific levels, by scaling the expected GDP contributions derived from a meta-analysis of the existing literature The results of this analysis show that Open Data implementation has the potential to contribute between JA$2.2 and JA$2.9 billion to Jamaica’s economy through the Education sector and JA 10 billion through the Agricultural Sector. Similar initiatives in the Tourism sector, are projected to improve productivity between 1-10%, realizing a potential economic impact of between JA$ 2.4 and JA$ 23.7 billion.

CaPRI - Caribbean Policy Research Institute

Aug,2014 Read More...

Exploring the Potential Impacts Of Open Data In The Caribbean Through Participatory Budgeting

This project will seek to build on the Open Data capabilities and initiatives currently being implemented by the Caribbean Open Institute (COI), with a specific emphasis on open data applications in the upstream and downstream stages of the national budget cycle.

Caribbean Open Institute

Jan,2013 Read More...

Official Statistics Sector Study

The peculiarities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), small land masses and low population numbers, impact upon the nature of open data an official statistics. Statistical processes are built around the precepts of protection of the identity of individual data provider, the provider being a natural person or a corporate entity. The protection of the privacy of the data provider is built into the various Statistics Acts and all the rules and guidelines used in developing the various statistical products.
The review of four (4) SIDS, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago being part of the Caribbean Region, to determine their readiness for the publication of Official Statistics in an open data platform reveals that there a number of challenges that would have to be overcome before official statistics can be published as open data.

Caribbean Open Institute

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Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Sector Study

This scoping study was conducted within an overarching research project “Harnessing Open Data to Achieve Development Results in Latin America and the Caribbean”, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and executed by the Caribbean Open Institute (COI) in collaboration with partners Iniciativa Latinoamericana por los Datos Abiertos (ILDA), Fundacion Avina, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Organization of American States (OAS). The larger project explores how open data policies and strategies can contribute to the development agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) through the following general objectives:
1. To improve understanding of the demand for, and use of, Open Data for development in the Caribbean
2. To support the collaborative development of products and services between government, civil society, academic institutions and entrepreneurs
3. To promote the development and adoption of emerging open standards that enable open data initiatives to scale up
4. To explore mechanisms for open data to address the needs of marginalized groups, focusing particularly on, but not limited to, youth, women and urban poor.
This particular study is one of five regional sector-specific scoping studies undertaken in support of Objective 1. It examines the nature, use and potential impacts of open data in fisheries and marine protected areas (MPAs) in a sample of Caribbean countries: Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Bahamas, Jamaica and Dominican Republic.

Caribbean Open Institute

Dec,2015 Read More...

Tourism Sector Study

The Caribbean tourism sector can benefit from Open Data initiatives to bring value to the tourism industry stakeholders and Caribbean economies. In some Caribbean islands, tourism is the primary contributor to economic success. This success needs to be sustained as although Caribbean tourism destinations have a long history of providing tourism products and services, greater global competition and new emerging tourism destination can threaten the success from tourism activity. There is recognition that tourism data can be a catalyst for the promotion of a viable tourism sector. Hence, this Open Data report about the Caribbean tourism sector can contribute to identification of the issues and challenges with making greater access to tourism data.

The report has several sections that handle the WWF and the ORDN Open Data reference frameworks. These were utilized to examine the state of readiness of the Caribbean tourism sector for Open Data initiatives. The research study was conducted in five (5) Caribbean countries with different levels of tourism activity. This is important for scaling Open Data initiatives in the regions and the potential impacts can be assessed based on the various tourism contexts. Certain Caribbean tourism policy issues were identified based on a CTO report and these were explored in relation to the usefulness of tourism data.

Caribbean Open Institute

Dec,2015 Read More...

Open Data and Interactive Community Mapping: Empowering Local Community Tourism (Final Report)

This final report outlines an open data and interactive community mapping strategic initiative in community tourism. An Outcome Mapping Methodology was utilized to assess potential “theories of change” by the application of Open Data to Interactive Community Mapping and the building of a geoData ecosystem. This initiative was a pilot project implemented in the August Town community, Kingston, Jamaica.
Dr. Michelle McLeod
2nd February 2017

Caribbean Open Institute

Feb,2017 Read More...

Open Data and the Caribbean Gateway: Towards Improved Governance and Decision Making of the Caribbean’s Protected Areas (Final)

This initiative, through the Caribbean Open Institute, BIOPAMA and the Caribbean Gateway aims to promote open data as a way to potentially improve governance and decision making regarding Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This was done using two main objectives:
1. To elucidate the potential benefits to be derived, from the sharing of crucial MPA data, regarding governance and decision making
2. To promote the development and adoption of emerging open standards within the Caribbean MPA sector to stimulate innovation in planning, management and communications

Outcome Mapping Methodology (OMM) was used in the aim of improving governance and decision making. OMM is an approach that focuses on behavioural change among groups and individuals. Five countries were selected using agreed selection criterion. For this initiative, a number of boundary partner, who directly influence the decision-making process and strategic partners, who provide support but are not part of the decision-making process were identified. These partners were contacted thorough a series of telephone/ skype calls and email correspondence. Their attitudes and responses were then monitored to assess the degree of behavioural change.

Caribbean Open Institute

Feb,2017 Read More...

Agriculture Digital Services Strategic Initiative (Final Report)

This “Agriculture Digital Service” strategic initiative has sought to explore how “openness” could be applied to assist in overcoming structural constraints that inhibit the scale necessary to more effectively service Jamaica’s agricultural community.In pursuit of this objective the strategic initiatives is applying emergent best practice in government digital services field--as championed by leading organizations like the United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service and City of Buenos Aires’s CTO office--and an evolving theory of change for how data collaborations facilitated by shared open infrastructure can enable access to and the creation of high quality agricultural data assets and information services. The outcomes were that the initiative would aid in the closing of existing data gaps, improve the information available to actors throughout the agricultural sector and explore the implications of an increasing digital and connected public service on data privacy and ownership rights of farmers.

The goals of strategic initiative are defined by three pillars:
● The development of a technology platform that respects RADA’s responsibility as custodian of the farmer registry while better aligning with the information needs of data consumers across the MInistry of Agriculture and external to the Government of Jamaica.
● The design of consent models that facilitate active participation of farming communities in decisions about how data about them is being used.
● Influencing the ongoing policy discussion on open data and data privacy within the Government of Jamaica through lessons learned and pilot demonstrations

With the funding support of the International Development Research Centre of Canada under the OD4D program, SlashRoots undertook this Agriculture Strategic initiative with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority. This report provides a summary of the body of work that was undertaken by the SlashRoots team between January 2016 - November 2016. This document provides an overview of the process, findings and lessons learned from SlashRoots’ engagement over the project period.

Caribbean Open Institute / Slashroots Foundation

Feb,2017 Read More...

Developing the Caribbean Brief - 2013

The Caribbean Open Data Conference is a regional technology conference and code sprint, focused on open data, software innovation, and technology trends.

Caribbean Open Institute & Slashroots

Mar,2013 Read More...