The Caribbean Open Data Conference
The Caribbean Open Data Conference was the first regional, multi-country conference and software developer competition of its kind, focused on Open Data and Social development. The Caribbean Open Data conference, themed “Developing the Caribbean” is a multi-country event, comprising an Open Data Conference and Code Sprint, 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 .
- Sensitize various publics to the growing global open data movement as well as the issues,opportunities and potential gains for open data in the Caribbean. Key communities targeted were data gatherers, producers, processors and publishers; policy makers; regulators; executing agencies; academics; development-focused communities of practice and service providers.
- Present ICT students, innovators and entrepreneurs with the proposition of data-centric,development-focused applications as a viable and meaningful target of their attention.
- Demonstrate the application of data-centric, development-focused ICT solutions to contemporary local and regional problems.
- Simultaneously, across the Caribbean, bring together diverse communities of multi-sector,multidisciplinary, stakeholders and service agents as a microcosm of an open data ecosystem.
- Trigger some stakeholders to consider, and others to embrace, data openness as a central operating principle.
Open Data is a rapidly growing movement worldwide, spurred by the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative (http://www.opengovpartnership.org/), which has already seen over 50 countries as signatories to the principles and action plans of the Open Government charter. The English –Speaking Caribbean is expected to become an active part of this global community in the near future. The Caribbean Open Data conference will be an annual event, and we expect it to become the signature activity in the increasing momentum and importance of the Open Data movement in the Caribbean, as a driver of greater public sector transparency, improved service delivery andopen participative innovation.