Mapping an emergent Open Data eco-system


  • Michelle McLeod The University of the West Indies
  • Maurice McNaughton The University of the West Indies



open data eco-system, open data measurement, Actor Network Theory, Social Network Analysis, Caribbean tourism


The purpose of this paper is to explore a methodological approach to understand an emergent Open Data eco-system in developing countries and specifically tourism sector contexts. The conceptual and methodological bases using Actor Network Theory (ANT) and Social Network Analysis (SNA) are explored to understand their application to the Open Data phenomenon. Thirteen tourism industry officials in the public sector of five Caribbean countries were interviewed using a research instrument derived from the Open Data Research Network (ODRN) Common Assessment Framework for Open Data. The findings reveal an inter-connected emergent Open Data eco-system across five Caribbean countries.

Author Biographies

Michelle McLeod, The University of the West Indies

Dr. Michelle McLeod is a Lecturer in Tourism Management at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. She has been working in and studying tourism for twenty-five (25) years and has published on the subject of knowledge networks in the tourism sector including an edited book entitled ‘Knowledge Networks and Tourism’. She is the ‘Institute of Travel and Tourism PhD Student of the Year 2010’. She completed her doctorate at Bournemouth University in the UK and her doctorate was awarded without having to undertake corrections following the Viva. Her research interests are tourism, knowledge management, social networks, partnerships, policy networks, governance and service productivity. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Member of the Institute of Hospitality, and a Member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism.

Maurice McNaughton, The University of the West Indies

Dr Maurice McNaughton pursued his PhD studies in Decision Sciences at Georgia State University. He has over 15 years senior management and leadership experience in the planning and direction of enterprise-level Information Technology in organizations. His research interest spans the domain of emerging Open ICT ecosystems, including open source software, open data, mobile and cloud computing and seeks to integrate extensive industry experience with focused academic research about the strategic use of ICTs as an enabler of business innovation in the enterprise, small and large, as well as a growth-enabler for developing economies. Dr. McNaughton is currently Director of the Centre of Excellence for IT-enabled Innovation at the Mona School of Business & Management. He has a strong passion for higher education and teaches courses in Modeling & Decision Support Systems; Software Engineering/Economics; IT Governance & Strategic Use of ICT.






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