Caribbean Countries – English and French speaking

The Univesity of West Indies (UWI) has a leading role in open access initiatives in the region. UWI is a multi campus University, with major campuses situated in Jamaica (Mona), Trinidad & Tobago (St. Augustine) and Barbados (Cave Hill). UWI at Mona offers online open access to full-text scholarly output from UWI within its MORD-Mona Online Research Database and institutional repository registered in OpenDOAR. UWI Libraries and UWI Digital Library Services Centre (DLSC) at the St. Augustine Campus, manage an institutional repository of UWI. UWI is also a member of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

In ROAR and in OpenDOAR, are registered the repositories of the University of West Indies, the Public Digital Library e-Jamaica, and MANIOC. No mandates registered in ROARMAP.

In the Caribbean, open access initiatives promote regional collaboration and integration of digital collections, with support from foreign and international agencies for digitization and preservation of patrimonial documents and preserving memories, examples:

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), established in 2004, is an open access cooperative, multilingual and multi-institutional digitization project of partners within the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean that provides users with open access to Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials held in archives, libraries, and private collections.

Another example of cross-institutional open access initiative is MANIOC, a scientific and cultural open access repository specializing on the Caribbean, the Amazon, the Guyana Plateau and regions or areas of interest related to these territories.

Several digital libraries from the region offer open access to special collections digitized because of their cultural, historical and research significance for countries in the Caribbean, ex.: National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) Digital Library of Trinidad and Tobago, Digital Collections at University of West Indies St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, National Library of Jamaica Digital Collections, among other.

For subject open access initiatives, several examples can be mentioned:

On legislation:

  • CARIBLEX, the International Labor Organization's database of national labour legislation for the 13 ILO member States of the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean is maintained by the ILO's Subregional Office for the Caribbean.

  • Carilaw (Caribbean Law Online) coordinated by the Faculty of Law Library, Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies

Renewable energy:

  • CIPORE – Caribbean Information Platform on Renewable Energy


  • MEDCARIB produced by the Medcarib Network.

Together with countries of Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, several countries from English and French-speaking Caribbean participate in open access regional subject repositories, today with a growing number of records with full-texts, examples: health (BVS-LILACS), agriculture (SIDALC), public management and policies (CLAD-SIARE), marine science (OceanDocs), work (LABORDOC), information science (E-Lis), among others

Regional cooperation also enhances the role of cooperation for digital preservation for natural disasters preparedness. An example is The Caribbean Virtual Disaster Library, a collaborative effort between the Caribbean Disaster Information Network (CARDIN) at the Library of the University of the West Indies at Mona, the Unit for Disaster Studies (UDS) at UWI Department of Geography and Geology and the Regional Disaster Information Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID).

The Inter-Academies Panel (IAP) -with Funding provided by UNESCO, the Italian government, member Academies and individual grants- has a Program on Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructure in Developing countries and a specific project of open access repositories in the Caribbean: Open Institutional Repositories Infrastructure network for Central America and the Caribbean. The Caribbean Scientific Union Project has reported on activities in the Open Institutional Repositories Network for Central America and the Caribbean. And an advanced research and education networking infrastructure is being proposed by the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network CKLN, who is a partner of RedCLARA in Latin America that supports cooperation among digital repositories of the region.

The UN-ECLAC Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean manages the Caribbean Digital Library, with a collection of Caribbean documents and other full-text open access information resources.

The Library Associations from countries of the region, and The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) annual conference and workshops allows sharing of open access experiences and initiatives from the region. Unesco sponsors open access events and initiatives in the region, and the continuing education programs with ACURIL.

Eight open access full-text journals are included in DOAJ from Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Barbados, Martinique and Jamaica.


(Modified on December 2013)

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