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
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...

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...

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 Read More...

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...