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

Titlesort descending Abstract Author Date Published
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...

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...

Code-for-the-Caribbean - Design Research Initial Findings

Presentation to RADA-CftC Fellowship Steering Committee to share design research early findings and discuss opportunities for intervention and prioritization.

Code-for-the-Caribbean

Sep,2013 Read More...

Code-for-the-Caribbean - Interim Report

Interim Report on the Code-for-the Caribbean Fellowship engagement with RADA

Code-for-the-Caribbean

Sep,2013 Read More...

Code-for-the-Caribbean - Guide to Launching Innovation Fellowships

The popularity of innovation fellowships has never been greater.Around the globe, enterprising, civic minded individuals seeking to increase the capacity of civic organizations to operate and of citizens to engage with them are designing fellowship programs to support their goals.

This report is an attempt to share insight into the design of innovation fellowships.It is co-designed with the sta! and mentors of Code for the Caribbean and Reboot, based on both direct experience and interviews with fellows and fellowship administrators past and present, as well as a literature review of the current public documents around innovation fellowships.

Reboot; Code-for-the-Caribbean

Aug,2013 Read More...

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

Aug,2012 Read More...

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.

Slashroots

Feb,2016 Read More...

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

Apr,2017 Read More...

DevCA-CMIP Instructions

DevCA

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DevCA2013 - Open Data Conference and Code Sprint

The Developing the Caribbean Open Data Conference and Code Sprint (DevCa) is a
multi-country event, comprising a two day conference and 24 hour developer competition,
focused on open innovation, open data and civic tech trends. The third staging of the event took
place from April 11-12, 2013. This year’s regional participation included 5 locations across:
● Jamaica
● Trinidad & Tobago
● Dominican Republic
● Guyana
● Cuba.

Caribbean Open Institute & Slashroots

Jul,2014 Read More...