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.
How do you choose the best from the best? I am sure judges had really hard time to select the best ones from the pool of 19 unique projects. However there has to be the winners at the end. The first prize of OpenNepal Hackathon of Rs. 30000 went to "Aid Flow Data Analysis and Visualization" which visualizes the aid data in the world map, showing the flow of money from donors to recipient countries. Similarly Bloodplus bagged the second award with cash prize of Rs. 20000.
While advocating about the concept of open data and its usefulness, it is also important to know the demand of data of the specific region. The kind of data that people from various sectors are looking for needs to be identified. Therefore, to understand the level of awareness about open data and the demand of data in Nepal, we conducted a survey during the Open Data Day. Out of 56 participants of the survey, there were 35 students and 21 professionals working in various sectors.
There were eight groups of hackers working on their projects on Open Data Day Hackthon in Kathmandu. Those groups and their projects are:
1. Mapping of dependent/independent population map
Group Members: Everest, Sushant, Abhibandu
2. Comparison of oil prices - Nepal and India
Group Members: Kshitiz, Ayush, Deepak
3. Meterological forecast data visualization
Group Members: Sanjeev, roshan, ranit
4. Newspaper data visualization
Group Members: Rohit and group
Numbers speak by themselves - Over 400 visitors comprising of researchers, CSO representatives, students, techhies and general public; 11 open data stalls showcasing innovative projects related to open data; 8 teams developing products during Open Data Hackathon; More than 40 people involved in OpenDRI Mapathon. This was the scene at first ever Open Data Daycelebration in Nepal on February 23, 2013.