International Open Data Day 2014 (ODD14) was celebrated in Kathmandu this year on 22 February 2014 at the Local Development Training Academy, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. Nepal’s contribution to the global events of ODD14 brought together techies, journalists and civil society organisation representatives under one roof, to inform and engage Nepalis about the open movement, and get into some open data with interactive workshops.
The international open data day was observed in Kathmandu on 22nd February 2014, along with more than 117 cities around the world. Apart from other events in the day, we organised open data hackathon mainly to help the young participants learn tools and techniques to play with the data. This time we didn’t want to make the hackathon competitive but rather a platform to teach and learn about the tools.
As a part of the hands-on training on data at Sindhupalchowk, we also conducted a brief training on AidStream on 27th Dec 2013 and went through the process of entering the aid data of NGOs by NGOs. There were around 25 NGOs participants. These NGOs have been working in different sectors in the district.
Following up on the Data Literacy Training to Journalists in Kathmandu, YoungInnovations, in collaboration with NGO Federations of Nepal, did one more similar training to NGOs in Sindhupalchowk district on 27th Dec 2013.
Freedom Forum, in collaboration with YoungInnovations, organized the data literacy training to journalists on Dec 2013. YoungInnovations team conducted the hands-on trainings to 7 journalists from various print and online media. The media personnels found the training very useful and left us with encouraging feedbacks. The training was more of an introduction to data and basic analysis and was completed in two and half hours.
Many of us in Nepal, mostly urbanites, don't know our constituency. It's a pity, but understandable. There's no easily available data. Election Commission (EC) of Nepal doesn't seem to have ‘easy to find information.’ Even if you manage to find those information, those will be in pdf format.
Open Nepal organized a series of half-day workshops titled Open Nepal stakeholder workshops – How Can Open Nepal Help You? on 25th and 26th Septemberfor different stakeholder groups including media, civil society organizations and technologists each on separate hours.
Opendata Mini Hackathon on Election was indeed a mini one with around 20 participants and 5 projects on Election data. The hackathon projects made use of available dataset in the election website. There were very few data in the site and those listed were also in pdfs, and in different kind of encoding. One of the interesting datasets is on Election Results of CA Election 2064 http://www.election.gov.np/reports/CAResults/reportBody.php.
To raise awareness on Open Data in Nepal and create an ecosystem to make those data more accessible to information intermediaries and subsequently to citizens, Open Nepal Week commenced on 2nd June, 2013 in Kathmandu with a series of events organized by Open Nepal partners – Freedom Forum, Young Innovations, the NGO Federation of Nepal and the aidinfo programme at Development Initiatives with support from Open Aid Partnership.