On March 3, data enthusiasts and advocates convened in Nepal’s historic Durbar Square to mark Open Data Day. Celebrated in many cities across the globe, the day highlights the importance of freely accessible and usable data.
Open Data Day 2018 is almost approaching, and in Nepal too, celebrations are in store. A full-day free, exciting, interactive event is being hosted at Patan Durbar Square and Museum on March 3, where the general public will get an opportunity to experience and learn the importance of data in the context of Nepal’s development.
Outdoor air pollution has become a matter of grave concern in Nepal. Anthropogenic emissions from various sources such as industry, vehicles, people’s homes, and road construction have increased manifold and have led to many environmental and health problems. Nepal has growing levels of PM2.5, which is considered one of the most harmful air pollutants as it lodges into human lungs and blood tissues thereby increasing the chances of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.
On November 13, 2017, Bikas Udhyami's Nepal in Data team, with the technical assistance of the Central Bureau of Statistis and organized the 'Nepal in Data Evening: Connecting Nepal's Development Dots' at Ashok Palace in Patan.
‘No one knows everything, but everyone knows something’
This blog post by Nikesh Balami, Chief Executive Officer of at Open Knowledge has previously appeared in the Data Driven Journalism blog here.
“All around the world, growing emphasis is being placed on establishing collaborative communities at the national, sub-national and sectoral level to drive forward the open data movement and build inclusive data ecosystems” Gaurav Basnyat at the “Building an open data community workshop”, September 2017
With the near completion of the first local elections in two decades and the gearing up for provincial elections in late November, this is an exciting time for Nepal. However, while the federal structure is now taking shape, Nepal continues to face many pressing development challenges related to poverty, transparency, accountability, economic development, inequality and social inclusion. To address these challenges, the use of evidence – reliable, accessible data and information – to inform decision-making, monitor progress and evaluate development outcomes will be key.