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
Tourism Sector Study

The Caribbean tourism sector can benefit from Open Data initiatives to bring value to the tourism industry stakeholders and Caribbean economies. In some Caribbean islands, tourism is the primary contributor to economic success. This success needs to be sustained as although Caribbean tourism destinations have a long history of providing tourism products and services, greater global competition and new emerging tourism destination can threaten the success from tourism activity. There is recognition that tourism data can be a catalyst for the promotion of a viable tourism sector. Hence, this Open Data report about the Caribbean tourism sector can contribute to identification of the issues and challenges with making greater access to tourism data.

The report has several sections that handle the WWF and the ORDN Open Data reference frameworks. These were utilized to examine the state of readiness of the Caribbean tourism sector for Open Data initiatives. The research study was conducted in five (5) Caribbean countries with different levels of tourism activity. This is important for scaling Open Data initiatives in the regions and the potential impacts can be assessed based on the various tourism contexts. Certain Caribbean tourism policy issues were identified based on a CTO report and these were explored in relation to the usefulness of tourism data.

Caribbean Open Institute

Dec,2015 Read More...

Open Government Data: A Catalyst for Jamaica’s Growth and Innovation Agenda

This paper estimates the potential impact of Open Government Data on the Jamaican economy at a macro level and at sector-specific levels, by scaling the expected GDP contributions derived from a meta-analysis of the existing literature The results of this analysis show that Open Data implementation has the potential to contribute between JA$2.2 and JA$2.9 billion to Jamaica’s economy through the Education sector and JA 10 billion through the Agricultural Sector. Similar initiatives in the Tourism sector, are projected to improve productivity between 1-10%, realizing a potential economic impact of between JA$ 2.4 and JA$ 23.7 billion.

CaPRI - Caribbean Policy Research Institute

Aug,2014 Read More...

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...

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...

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...