By celebrating International Open Data Day in Kathmandu, we want to be part of International movement on Open Data. We are one among 59+ cities around the world that are celebrating this event each year.
Although Open Data is a relatively new concept, we have already started seeing quite a bit of excitement around it with particular emphasis to promote transparency, accountability and citizen engagement in Nepal. This is evident from the work that different communities and groups like Open Nepal, Kathmandu Living Labs, Open Knowledge Foundation and others have been doing.
Along with alphanumeric data, open map data has gained momentum in Nepal. Kathmandu Valley is considered to be one of the most densely mapped areas in the developing world. All schools, major health facilities, road network, businesses and other critical infrastructure have already been mapped. All this data is open to public for free viewing, use and even download. Click here to get a sense of this work.
As part of International Open Data Day celebrations in Kathmandu, we want to bring different communities together, share ideas, work on projects and develop partnership for future collaborations. It is not only about techies working with codes and data, it is about bringing authorities interested in open government, and citizens who care about transparency and accountability together.
This is not the first time that we celebrated Open Data Day in Nepal. We were thrilled with the kind of overwhelming response during our earlier iterations in 2013 and 2014. This year, we wanted to make it even more successful by laying a solid foundation for Open Data driven transparent, accountable and engaged systems in Nepal. The event on February 21, 2015 continued the momentum of what has already been achieved in previous years and explored the further potentials of open data in Nepal.