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October 2018

Dr. Marshall McGowan Hall, OJ, CD

Dr. Marshall McGowan Hall

Marshall McGowan Hall, CD, OJ, PhD, has been the Chairman of CaPRI’s Board of Directors since inception.

Desiree Phillips

Desiree Phillips
Researcher

Desiree Phillips is an Economist and Research Officer at CAPRI. Her research interests span both Renewable Energy and Energy Management, and she is passionate about how these areas contribute to economic policy development.

Natasha Burnett

Natasha Burnett
Communications Assistant

Natasha Burnett is a passionate Marketing and Communications practitioner. She works along with the Communications Manager to execute CAPRI’s Communications and Advocacy strategies. She previously assisted and managed different marketing ventures in her capacity as a Marketing Assistant at Restaurant Associates Limited.

Shamoy Cain

Shamoy Cain
Logistics Coordinator

Shamoy Cain is an Economist and a highly quantitative decision maker with experience in client relations and project management.  Her earlier experiences were at The University of the West Indies, Mona campus as a Billings Officer in the Bursary Department, and as a Customer Service Agent in Billings and Receivables.

Tracy Mamoun

Tracy Mamoun
Communications Manager

Tracy Mamoun is a Communications practitioner with experience spanning the arts, social enterprise, and advocacy.

October, 2018
Thematic Area: 

Jamaica’s open data programme has advanced further than most of its counterparts in the Caribbean, placing it at the top of most regional rankings. In recent years there have been legislative developments (data protection legislation tabled; open data policy in development), infrastructural developments (portal), as well as capacity building through data training programmes. Despite recent developments, the country has experienced very limited impact from its open data programme thus far. Several issues relating to data quality, the reactive nature of data release within government, issues with the access to information request process, and a lack of focus on answering specific questions with open data, are significant barriers to its re-use and impact in Jamaica. Many of the current challenges stem from the absence of an open data policy which provides guidance, and standardizes data collection, distribution, and quality, across government agencies.

 

This report assesses Jamaica’s current open data programme, and identifies those shortcomings to be remedied, as well as opportunities where value could be added. The following recommendations are made to improve the effectiveness of the current programme, and to extract significant and measurable value from open data.

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