Institutional perceptions, key issues and opportunities
Open government data and open agricultural data are rapidly emergent focus areas in Caribbean policy, research and development circles. Interest has been catalysed by initiatives that illustrate the potential impact of ‘openness’ in governance, service delivery and public sector data on the development challenges that most constrain the region.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has been investigating open data through
different activities to contribute to agricultural knowledge acquisition, policy and value chain development in
African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
CTA has commissioned this baseline study in the framework of its 2014 AgriHack Talent Caribbean activity,
which aims to support youth Information and Communication Technology (ICT) innovations and
entrepreneurship in Agriculture in the Caribbean. The study seeks to support the hackathon and provide data for future work in the field.
The Open Data Baseline Study was commissioned to:
1. Identify agriculture open data that is most useful for the development of ICT applications;
2. Ascertain the perceptions of agriculture open data by key Caribbean Stakeholders; and
3. Evaluate the readiness of young Caribbean people to develop software for agriculture, as well as their perception of business opportunities in the sector.
This report focuses on the first two objectives. It details the perspectives of Caribbean Institutional stakeholders on open data in the Agriculture Sector and, subsequently, how CTA and key institutions, such as Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), may support greater adoption of agricultural open data policies and practices across the region to support innovation, entrepreneurship, and knowledge management and agricultural development as a whole.
Emphasis was placed on regional and national institutions and stakeholders that, because of their mandate, are significant producers, consumers or publishers of agricultural data and knowledge products within the agricultural sector.
CTA Working Paper 15/02