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

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DevCA-CMIP Instructions

DevCA

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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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DevCA 2016 Conference Report

Since its inception in 2011, the Developing the Caribbean Conference & Code Sprint has grown to become the Caribbean’s marquee platform for discussing open data, digital governance and innovation for addressing development issues. For the 2016 event, we choose the theme “Towards A Caribbean Data Revolution”, in response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for a “data revolution” to drive the global development community towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Slashroots

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Towards a Caribbean Open Institute: Data, Communications and Impact

The workshop, “Towards a Caribbean Open Institute: Data, Communications and Impact”, was hosted by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), June 30 – July 1, 2010 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica. It brought together international experts and stakeholders in the Caribbean to explore opportunities for strengthening policy-oriented research in the region.

This document summarizes the initial recommendations and guidelines for the development of the initiative emerging from the meeting. It briefly highlights the general challenges identified, the vision developed by the participants and some initial steps to guide actions in the area of Open Data, Communications and Monitoring and Evaluation.

International Development Research Center

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Open Agricultural Data in Jamaica – Caribbean Knowledge Economy

This project was conceptualized with the basic objectives of:
a) Exploring the feasibility of a Pilot Project that applies the concept of OpenData to Agriculture
Production in Jamaica
b) Building a demonstration prototype of an application that illustrates how open data can improve directly
and indirectly the efficiency of value chains in Agriculture in Jamaica, with emphasis on small farmers.
This final project report describes three streams of outcomes that have emerged from the initiative:
i. Development of technology artifacts to demonstrate the concepts of OpenData
ii. Engagement of key constituents and stakeholders through high visibility events
iii. Future possibilities & opportunities for OpenData initiatives in Jamaica and the Caribbean

Centre of Excellence, Mona School of Business, UWI

Aug,2011 Read More...

A Review of Freedom of Information, Data Protection and Open Data in the Caribbean

This report was done for the Public Sector Information online: towards a Global policy framework workshop held at the Internet Governance Forum Nairobi, Kenya 2011.
Of the 16 Caribbean states, 7 have enacted freedom of information legislation and 4 have Data Protection legislation. There are however a few open data databases that have been identified in several countries. These tend to be from academic institutions and government projects and many are industry specific (e.g. focused on agriculture and fisheries).

Keisha C Taylor

Sep,2011 Read More...

Executive Summary Report The Caribbean Open Data Conference & Code Sprint - 2012

Regional Executive Summary and Individual country reports for the The Caribbean Open Data Conference and Code Sprint, themed “Developing the Caribbean” that was staged over the 2-day period, 26 – 27 January 2012 at locations in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the Dominican Republic, with virtual participating nodes in Barbados and Cuba. The report provides a concise summary of Event highlights and outcomes including links to multi-media content and Applications developed from the codesprint.

DevCA - Regional Organizing Committee

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Data Visualization in Review

Report from an IDRC study that assesses the potential of data visualization to assist in effectively communicating research for influence. Related documents include a practical tip sheet was also produced which provides hints to help design effective visualizations. The study is available in French and English, and the tip sheet is also available in Spanish.
Data Visualization in Review: Summary Report
- http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Documents/Summary-Report-English-Final-7-May-2012.pdf

IDRC’s Data Visualization Review by an Infographics Expert
- http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Documents/Amanda-Cox-report-Final-English-07-May-2...

Redesigned IDRC Visualizations
- http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Documents/Redesigned-Evaluations-Final-English-07-...

10 Data Visualization Tips (read the Spanish version)
- http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Documents/Quick-tips-English-22-May-2012.pdf
- Spanish Version: http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Programs/Evaluation/Documents/Quick-tips-Spanish-1...

International Development Research Center

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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...

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...