What is Open Government Data and how does it align with Right To Information-here's your guide!

We are pleased to share a new briefing on 'Open Government Data in Nepal'. Open Government Data is the concept of publicly and systematically sharing data from government in a format that enables it to be downloaded, analysed and used by a country’s citizens.  In many countries open government data has enabled citizens to better understand policies that have been enacted, engage with government decision-making, and hold the legislative accountable. It holds great potential to improve the effectiveness of development efforts as, with better access to government data, development actors can target their programs more effectively to the issues and communities that need most support. This briefing explains what open government data is, looks at how it could support Nepal’s development, and highlights the links with citizens’ legal right to information. 

Open Government Data and Right to Information - Overlaps and Distinctions

To reach a wider Nepali audience this briefing has been published in both Nepali and English. These can be downloaded here (insert link to resources page). These documents are licensed under creative commons and therefore, are free to use, reuse and redistribute. Other briefings available are:

·         Open Nepal Briefing: Open Government Data in Nepal – Nepali, English 

·         Open Nepal Briefing: A Guide to Open Data – Nepali, English 

·         Open Nepal Briefing: Nepal and the Open Government Partnership – Nepali, English 

An excerpt from the briefing:

“Data are the lifeblood of decision-making and the raw material for accountability” United Nations, A World that Counts

Open Government Data can be an important part of supporting Nepal’s progress towards Middle Income Country status by 2030, an aspiration set by the National Planning Commission. A number of areas require exploration to make Open Government Data a reality in Nepal, including the need for systematised processes of data collection, technical platforms for sharing data, and the development of data literacy both inside and outside of government to enable the effective use of data. One important aspect  which could provide the backbone of further efforts to improve the sharing of government data would be the development of a government-wide strategy for open government data, including its inclusion in future revisions of Nepal’s existing legal frameworks.

"तथ्यांक निर्णय प्रक्रियाका धड्कन हुन् जवाफदेहिताका लागि प्राथमिक सामग्री" संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ, वल्र्ड द्याट काउन्टस्

खुला सरकारी तथ्यांक नेपालमा राष्ट्रिय योजना आयोगले लक्ष्य गरे अनुरुप सन् २०३० सम्म मध्यम आय भएको मुलुक बन्ने तर्फको प्रगतिका लागि सहयोगी बन्न सक्छ । नेपालमा खुला सरकारी तथ्यांकलाई यथार्थमा परिणत गर्न तथ्यांक संकलनको योजनावद्ध प्रक्रिया, तथ्यांक सार्वजनिक गर्न केही प्राविधिक प्लेटफर्म (Technical Platform), सरकार तथा सरकार बाहिर तथ्यांकको प्रभावकारी प्रयोगका लागि तथ्यांक सम्बन्धि साक्षरता (Data Literacy) तथा अन्य केही क्षेत्रहरुको अन्वेषण जरुरी हुन्छ । खुला सरकारी तथ्यांकका लागि सरकारगत रणनीति तथा भविष्यमा हुने कानूनी संरचना पुनरावलोकनमा यस विषयलाई पनि समावेश गर्न सके आगामी दिनमा सरकारी तथ्यांक सार्वजनिकीकरणको पहलले सार्थकता पाउनसक्छ ।

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Open Nepal is a knowledge hub and a learning space for organisations and people that produce, share and use data for development. By bringing together a community of practice in Nepal around topics such as the Data Revolution, open data, and access to information, Open Nepal forms a platform for people to share their experiences of using and sharing data and information, take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.