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
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...

Open Government Partnership, Open Data and FOI – A road map towards convergence

A joint presentation made at the "Regional Conference on Freedom of Information Laws (FOI) in the Caribbean – Improving Management for the Environment" - a conference organized to provide an opportunity for dialogue and sharing of experiences on the adoption and implementation of FOI laws in the Caribbean as well as outlining regional possibilities for advancement and collaboration.

This presentation, delivered jointly by Dr Maurice McNaughton, Mona School of Business & Management, University of West Indies and Mrs Carole Excell, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute, sought to explore the philosophical differences and institutional synergy between the FOI and Open Data, communities, and the role of key actors, including civil society FOI practitioners, government institutions, the media, technology intermediaries and citizens in crafting the emergence of an Open Data Ecosystem that builds on, and is in harmony with the existing FOI institutional framework.

Carole Excell & Maurice McNaughton

Mar,2013 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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Mar,2012 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...

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...