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
Big Data for Development: Awareness, Motivations, Barriers and Attitudes towards exploiting Its Value

This report summarises the findings of a business survey conducted by the Mona School of Business and Management between January 1 and February 15, 2020, which sought to determine Big Data capabilities, attitudes and value opportunities among Jamaican organizations across the public and private sectors. A total of 40 organizations, largely private sector companies, completed the survey. Findings and insights from the study indicate significant value opportunities for Jamaican organizations to work in collaboration with Academia to fully exploit Big Data assets.

Mona School of Business & Management

May,2020

Smart Communities, Smarter People: The Case of a Pilot Project in Jamaica

Presentation at the Academy of Business Research Spring 2020 Conference
March 25-27, 2020

Mona School of Business & Management

Mar,2020

Towards Scalable Digital Skills Training in Resource-Constrained Environments

In a context of high unemployment and marked gender inequality, online education for women becomes a niche with great potential in Haiti. Returns to education are particularly high in ICT-intensive jobs and IT outsourcing offers concrete opportunities for remote employment, providing alternatives for economic diversification and job creation that are particularly relevant for youth and women. The problem faced in many developing countries, such as Haiti, is that traditional models, architectures and platforms for online learning do not lend themselves well to their context as typical assumptions about the availability of adequate civil and digital infrastructure, and the evolution of social and cul-tural habits towards normative behaviors in the digital economy are rigorously challenged. Therefore, it becomes important to develop platforms suited to their context. This has motivated the research ques-tion that this paper seeks to address, namely “What is the appropriate Architecture that supports learn-ing strategies for delivering scalable digital skills training in a resource constrained environment?”
This research paper proposes an architecture that was developed specifically for blended learning in resource constrained environments and describes how a prototype for this was designed, built and de-ployed in Haiti.

Caribbean Open Institute

Nov,2019

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