“Smart Communities, Smarter people” is the theme of a project implemented by the Caribbean Open Institute (COI) in the Treasure Beach community, a beautiful region on the south-west coast of Jamaica. The project re-interprets the concept of “Smart Cities” within the Caribbean where the unit of analysis and experience for many Caribbean peoples is the “community”, rather than the big urban city. It underscores the critical importance of engaged and empowered citizens and the role that broad-based digital literacy can play in ensuring that they are more aware, can participate in, and contribute to their own development and well-being in the emergent digital economy. Research themes include key issues such as: What are the opportunities for Citizen-Generated-Data [CGD]? What role can Platform technologies play in enabling scale and accelerated deployments?
The regional Caribbean School of Data (CSOD) was launched recently in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. The school’s focus is on Increasing employability and economic opportunities for at-risk youth across the Caribbean through digital literacy and data skills training, and this specific pilot project targets the training of 1,500 marginalized youth in 7 countries across the Caribbean and will be deployed through strategic local partners in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Guyana, St.Lucia, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Trinidad & Tobago.
In Latin America, a new call for proposals has been launched to seek a new generation of researchers focused on data policies and solutions. ILDA was born as a research initiative seven years ago and it is time to find new approaches, methodologies, and ways to communicate what has happened in the region over the past few years.
How to mitigate the problem of femicide from a data driven policy point of view? Over the last two years, we have worked with government officials and civil society members from several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to develop a Regional Data Standard on Femicide. We have piloted the standard in Argentina and Uruguay and more recently, with a new and improved version, we have started to work with Jamaica and Panama. This has been possible thanks to the support of IDRC, the Avina Foundation, and the IDB.
In collaboration with the IDB and the former Ministry of Modernization in Argentina, we have developed an Open Data DIY Toolkit. This toolkit aims to help subnational governments to design and implement their own open data policies. The background research for this toolkit also helped us in creating an Open Data Canvas, a tool for open data decision makers. (Spanish only)
Last year, we released our work on principles for opening contracting and procurement data at the Interamerican E-procurement Network Meeting. This study was prepared by María Margarita Zuleta in collaboration with ILDA. The document synthesizes the state of the art in terms of government procurement and open data in Latin America and has benefitted from valuable input from civil society and government organizations in the region. (Spanish only)
In 2020, we will be developing curriculum, conducting workshops on “Investigative Data Journalism”, and holding “Data Journalism BootCamps” as part of the Suara Masyarakat (Community Voices) project with Internews Europe that has received funding from the EU. Training materials will include outputs from Sinar Project research in using open data standards for anti-corruption and investigative journalism.
The Global Data Barometer project is recruiting three research associates to lead the next stage of methodology development, partner engagement, and data collection. Working with OD4D hubs and a network of partners, the Global Data Barometer will be tracking the governance, availability and use of data for public good in a large-scale expert survey due into the field later in 2020. Application deadline 11th May. - GDB
The 2020 International Open Data Conference (IODC) has been postponed. Together with the Government of Kenya, the Organizing Committee of IODC 2020 regretfully announces the postponement of the conference. Our primary concern is the health and safety of participants and presenters, and in consideration of the current and future impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we believe postponing this year’s event is the only responsible decision that can be taken at this time. - IODC2020