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 Author Date Publishedsort ascending
DevCA 2019 Conference Report

DevCa (Developing the Caribbean Open Data Conference/Hackathon) continues to be a relevant platform for enabling dialogue and collaboration around the development and spread of a culture of data throughout the Caribbean and as a catalyst for innovation and experimentation. The DevCA2019 theme ‘Smart Communities, Smart(er) People’ reinterprets the global focus on “Smart Cities” within the Caribbean reality where the unit of analysis and experience for many Caribbean peoples is the Community, rather than big urban cities.

Slashroots Foundation

Oct,2019

CASE STUDY – TellYourMP (#TellYourMPjm)

TellYourMPjm is a pilot initiative in participatory budgeting that seeks to make the local budgeting consultations—and public consultations in general—more accessible for everyone, by using ICT to lower access barriers, broaden the base of participation and foster a more informed, engaged and active citizen participation

Caribbean Open Institute

Oct,2019

DevCA 2018 Report

For 2018, a scaled-sown version of the DevCA Hackathon was organized as part of the Belize Open Week event and featured Open Data from the Tourism domain. Two concurrent hackathon events were hosted in Belize (UWI Open Campus) and Jamaica (DIA Urban Innovation Lab).

Caribbean Open Institute

Dec,2018

AYITIC - Digital Curriculum & Course Design

This Curriculum and attendant courses described in this document are informed by Research conducted under the project - Ayitic Goes Global - that seeks to empower young women in Haiti with the digital skills to qualify them for online jobs. The Curriculum design adopts a competency-based approach to course development and delivery and adapts the DigComp II Digital Literacy competency framework for this purpose.

Caribbean Open Institute

Jan,2018

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.


Apr,2017

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

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

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

DevCA 2015 Conference Report

The Developing the Caribbean Conference & Code Sprint is a product of a unique collaboration of Caribbean and International organizations. The 2015 hosting of DevCa brought together more than 340 attendees participating in 8 events across 4 countries. The event expanded from two-day event to a month long series of activities, creating a “big tent” in which distinct communities can find common ground to share experiences, lessons learned from ongoing work, and collaborate to unlock the potential greater adoption of open data and digital government can have on the Caribbean’s development.

This report was produced by the SlashRoots Foundation with contributions from country partners.


Feb,2016

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