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7 things Nepal can learn from Rufus Pollock paper…

As defined by Open Source Definition at www.opensource.org, it is software that everyone has the freedom to use, modify and share without the need to seek permission or make payment – whoever they are and whatever their purpose. The Open Source Software is free today, free in future and provides freedom of choice today and in the future regarding both vendor and mode of implementation.

In his paper “Why Open Software Matters for Government & Civic Tech”, Rufus Pollock discuss how software is different from other things that government traditionally buy or fund and shows how and why covering:

  • Why open software is especially important for government and civic tech
  • Why open software needs special support and treatment by government
  • What specific actions can be taken to provide this support for open software

Here are 7 key points of activities and factors which I noted from his paper believing that, this are the activities which are feasible for us to implement here at Nepal and will help us to push our 8 years old Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) momentum in our country. I personally believe, we can make a huge impact if we integrate this 7 key point of activities ad factors in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community upcoming Action Plan and will open the way of discussion.

Activities:

  • Rewarding open source in IT procurement by giving open source explicit recognition and beneficial treatment in procurements. Specifically, introduce into government tenders: EITHER as an explicit requirement for an open source solution OR a significant points value for open source in the scoring of solutions.
  • Promoting commercialization of open source by providing advice, training, and support for open source startups and developers in commercializing and marketing their technology. Open Source developers and startups are often strong on technology and weak on marketing and selling their solutions and this support would help address these deficiencies.
  • Running a grass-roots oriented campaign like ‘choose open’ to promote open software in government and government-run activities such as education.
  • The government is bad at negotiating, especially in this environment and hence the lock-in problem is especially acute for the government. So, making the government good at decision-making and bargaining by showing them a clear future of open source in the market. Due to the incentives faced by the government as a whole and by individuals within governments, they are especially weak when have to make trade-offs between the near-term and the more distant future. Frequently counseling and running awareness camping will work.

Factors:

  • “Market” isn’t that much helpful for open software so, the challenge for us is to make the balanced environment for open software in the market by challenging propitiatory software.
  • Switching costs and lock-in: Most of the users never think about this while making investments in the start, which is the main reason why they find difficulties to switch to an alternative and they end up “Locked-in” to the existing software solutions and vendor. However, for open source the two are different: because the software is open and therefore freely available to anyone-including other vendors- there is no vendor lock-in. Most of the people are still unaware of this problem.
  • The government, and their bureaucratic representative over-discount the future compared to the present. Crudely: in ten years time they may not be in office but the software they brought will probably still be in use. This means they underweight lock-in.
College + Education

“Acme” My Lucky Charm

After the gap of one and half year, everyone welcomed my decision of continuing my further study & guess what I decided to pursue Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering, although lots of my friends suggested me to join computer science course, which suites my area of interest but ignoring all of that suggestion I joined B.E, maybe because I want to write “Er.” in-front my name or maybe because I wanna fulfill my family dream. But sorry to say, still I don’t know the particular reason or answer of “why I decided to join B.E”.
Joining B.E after a long gap was another challenging task for me and guess what I failed to complete those task. I failed the entrance exam of all three universities in the first attempt (Kathmandu University, Tribhuvan University, Purbanchal University). But I have good answers for all of them, who asked me how I failed all of those entrance exams. I failed because I didn’t read or learn anything for an entrance & I didn’t read because Bachelor in Engineering was never my interest. Haha, how confusing life is, A guy who always used to teach others about the steps of taking decisions & planning, Today got an opportunity to taste the flavor of failures. How disappointing?? What a waste of money, time & energy??

But being hopeless, that’s not inside my blood. After discussing the situation with my family & friends, I decided to attend the second entrance of Purbanchal University and guess what I got a special recommendation of Acme Engineering College from my father. Don’t know why my father always loves Acme College. “Acme” a college where I pursue my Diploma in Computer Engineering & a place where I used to sit and dream of being a superstar in the field of Technology with my friends. To say it clearly, I have lots of sweet memories engaged with that college.
Yeah, Once again I gathered all my power to enter the college premises and passed the entrance exam of Purbanchal University in the second attempt. This time the scenario was different, I worked and read hard to be pass because I was scared of losing that last opportunity of reading further & I was determined in my decision of becoming an Engineer.
Today, If I look back to those 6 silly months journey, I can realize that taking the decision immediately was always my weakness and “Acme” was always my lucky charm. Don’t know why, lots of innovative ideas come to mind whenever I entered the college premises, which always boost my determination & motivate me to go further. Maybe that’s what we call the magic of college environment. Same things used to happen to me when I used to study Diploma in that college, and guess what today I am the mature guy with capabilities of converting those ideas into good projects. From now onwards I will not care about the decisions and outputs, all I will do is keep moving forward & will see where this life will take me.
Game On!!
Thank You, Acme!!

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Collecting the information of Nepal Government diverse PublicBodies: PublicBodies…

[5th March 2016] Once again, a bunch of open philosophy believers and lovers gathered for the fourth annual celebration of International Open Data Day 2016 in Nepal. This year Open Data Day was organized in three different places of Nepal and was lead by different communities. Open Knowledge Nepal in collaboration with FOSS Nepal Community and CSIT Association of Nepal, hosted a series of presentations and a PublicBodies Datathon to celebrate the global celebration of openness. The event was held in Nepal Engineers’ Association, Pulchowk, Lalitpur and started at 10 am (NST). Event planning and details can be found on the event page.

 

Mr. Nikesh Balami, Open Government Data Team Lead of Open Knowledge Nepal started by welcoming and thanking all the participants for joining the event. He explained what open data day is and how it has been celebrated in Nepal during the past few years.

 

After making a bit change in the presentation schedule, Mr. Navin Khadka representing db2map, was welcomed for the first presentation of a day. Mr. Navin described their product db2map and also shared details about their upcoming planning. Db2map helps people to visualize their data in the interactive map of Nepal, by using a simple draging and droping method. He also shared work which they had completed in the past and how it is making an impact.

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Right after the presentation of db2map, Mr. Shubham Ghimire, Volunteer of Open Knowledge Nepal was called on the stage for the presentation of NGOs in Nepal. NGOs in Nepal is the crowdsourced online directory of NGO’s located in map with their contact information. Mr. Ghimire shared how the initiative was started after the April earthquake and how people and NGO’s both benefit from it. At the end of his presentation, he asked participants to contribute by submitting additional information on NGO’s, which they know of within their locality.

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Mr. Chandan Goopta, Co-Founder of The Opnio joined the stage after the presentation of Mr. Shubham. Mr. Goopta presented information about the Android app project of the Nepal Government lead by NITC. This app contains all the information related to the government administration. The idea behind the app is to bridge the gap between citizens and the government by taking the notices, decisions etc made by government accessible to the public. The name of an app was “NepGov Portal” and at the end of his talk, he also asked participants engaged with the project with their own contributions.

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After that Mr. Nikesh Balami from Open Knowledge again joined the stage for his orientation presentation of PublicBodies Nepal. He first presented a little bit about the community “Open Knowledge Nepal” and then shared the whole concept of PublicBodies Nepal, including how the data / information will be presented and how it will be collected. He also notified participants that all of them will be working together on data collection during the Datathon..

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Last but not the least, there was an presentation from Mr. Saroj Dhakal, Consultant for Google, and an active contributor to the Nepali Wikipedia. He presented on an upcoming project named “Open Transits Nepal”. The aim of this project is to collect the data of all transits point used by Nepali Transportation and to release those data in the Open Domain. So that anyone from all around the world can build innovative ideas around this data. After the presentation of Mr. Dhakal, the formal presentation session was completed and the coffee break started.

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During coffee break, the groups split into the Datathon session. Right after the break Mr. Nikesh who is currently leading PublicBodies Nepal project, briefed participants and shared all the resources with them, which they would need while collecting data. A google form was used for data collection and participants searched and trawled different government websites for one to one data collection. The Datathon was followed by many small lunch and coffee breaks. While going through many websites for the information collection, participants also identified different mistakes and updated information in many government bodies websites, which highlights the topic for further discussion. Some participants contributed the information on local public bodies. At the end of the day, more that 150 information around Nepal Government diverse public bodies was collected by the participants.

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At the end of an event, Mr. Nikesh demonstrated the basic design of the PublicBodies Nepal portal, still in the development, and gathered feedbacks from participants. The event was ended with a group photo. nd formally ends the event by asking everyone for the group photo.

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Nepal Open Data Index

Nepal Open Data Index 2015

Nepal Open Data Index measures the openness of key data published by Nepal Government’s local bodies, Metropolitan City Offices, Sub-metropolitan City Offices, District Development Committees (DDC), Village Development Committees (VDC) etc. The main reason of running Nepal Open Data Index 2015 is to measure and monitor the state of open data across the local cities of Nepal. We believe, the Index is one right and easy tool where we can gather data availability from where publishers can also get encouragement to improve their published data standards and can peer-review everything. This will help in assessing the baseline of availability and nature of open data in Nepali cities so that we can identify gaps and plan actions to make maximum impact for minimum effort.

 

Each local city can also check their open datasets’ quality by comparing their data with others cities’ datasets. The another aim is to motivate and pressurize local bodies of Nepal government to publish their data under Open Definition / Open Format so that we can increase re-usability of government data. “Open Data is data that can be freely used, modified and shared by anyone for any purpose”. This will increase transparency and accountability of government and will bring innovation inside government data. Citizen participation will be increased and we can improve government efficiency and policy making.

 

10 Cities for Survey

 

Last year, we measured openness of only two cities of Nepal, they were Kathmandu and Chitwan but from this year (2015) we have made some big changes. We will be measuring the openness of 10 cities of Nepal. We made this combination of ten cities by mixing some developed and developing cities of Nepal. By doing this we want to motivate those developing cities and want to show developed cities as an example.

 

This year we will be surveying: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Butwal, Chitwan, Dolakha, Dhading, Hetauda, Kavre, Lalitpur, Pokhara.

 

Datasets to Use

 

By looking at the condition of supply and demand side of data at our country Nepal, we have decreased our datasets in Nepal Open Data Index 2015. In past years we used 15 datasets they were: Real-Time Transit, Annual Budget, Expenditure (detailed), Election results, Air Quality, Transport Timetables, Public Facilities, Crime statistics, Procurement contracts, Food safety inspections, Traffic accidents, Building permits, Service Requests, Business Permits, Business Listings. But this year to use all this 15 datasets for an survey in a small developing country like Nepal, we found is somehow un-necessary so, from this year (2015) we decided to use only 6 datasets and they are:

 

  1. Annual Budget : Municipal budget at a high level (e.g. spending by sector, department etc). This category is about budgets which are plans for expenditure (not actual expenditure in the past).
  2. Procurement Contract : Per contract information on municipal contracts including amount, awardee (name, address), date awarded etc.
  3. Crime Statistics : Data on municipal crime, preferably at a reasonably disaggregated level (best would be exact date, location and type but per day per street or post/zip code would be acceptable).
  4. Business Permits : Data of registered Business Permits / Licenses.
  5. Traffic Accident : Statistics on road traffic accidents including time and location.
  6. Air Quality : Data on air quality (e.g. levels of major pollutants) on a granular basis – that is at least broken down by month (preferably by day). Geographic breakdown (e.g. by grid point) would be nice but is not required.

 

How we are gathering data

 

Like Global Open Data Index , Nepal Open Data Index is also a crowdsourced survey and open for everyone. Anyone from every corner of the world can submit their information but only member of Open Knowledge Nepal can review it. But, to make Index more accurate and trustworthy, we assigned 10 local contributor / volunteers for 10 cities concept.

 

Kudos to our contributors:

 

Kathmandu – Nikesh Balami (nikeshbalami@gmail.com)

Bhaktapur – Shristi Baral (baral.shristi@gmail.com)

Butwal – Hemanta Rijal (foreverhemanta221@gmail.com)

Chitwan – Arun Kumar Pyasi (info@arun.info.np)

Dolakha – Sagar Ghimire (info@sagarg.com.np),

Dhading – Rajan Silwal (silwalrajan18@gmail.com)

Hetauda – Ujjwal Hetuwal (Ujjwalhatuwal@gmail.com)

Kavre – Sandeep Neupane (deep.newsun@gmail.com)

Lalitpur – Firoj Ghimire (firojghimire@gmail.com)

Pokhara – Sushil Magar (np.msushil@gmail.com)

Our volunteer Shubham Ghimire (shubhamghimire1996@gmail.com) helped all contributors throughout the process.

 

 

Open Data

Global Open Data Index 2015 is live now –…

Open Knowledge International has published the Global Open Data Index 2015, showing that countries outside of Europe, the US & Canada have made some impressive gains in releasing key data. However, progress remains slow for most governments, who are still not providing key information in an accessible formats to be used, without restriction, by their citizens, civil societies, journalists and businesses.

 

The Global Open Data Index is the result of civil society collaboration to track the state of open data in countries and places around the world. This tool is used by some governments to set their open data priorities, and by civil society actors as an advocacy mechanism to encourage governments to improve their performance in releasing key datasets. The Index ranks countries based on the availability and accessibility of data in thirteen key categories, including government spending, election results, procurement, and pollution levels. We held a public consultation which saw contributions from individuals within the open data community as well as from key civil society organisations across an array of sectors. As a result of this, we expanded the 2015 Index to include procurement data, water quality data, land ownership data and weather data; we also removed transport timetables due to the difficulties faced when comparing transport system data globally.

 

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Last year in 2014 index our country Nepal was ranked #63 but this year we had made some improvements on our ranking. We are ranked #61 this year with 30% open percentage. This result show that our government is still running far behind in comparison with others country.

 

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Please find more information from index page and you can check details about Nepal ranking from Index page of Nepal.

Open Access

Highlighting the importance of Open Access & Open Research…

Due to the ongoing crisis situation and political instability of the country, we were unable to celebrate Open Access Week 2015 like past years. so, because of this reason we planned to organize Open Access Workshop in collaboration with Open Access Nepal. The aim of an workshop was to discuss the importance of open access for student research, opportunities, capacity development and research trends.

 

For more Information about Workshop Schedule and Objective please visit event page: http://np.okfn.org/2015/11/30/open-access-workshop/

 

Event Day:

 

As expected, students of Bsc CSIT and engineering joined the workshop. Mr. Kshitiz Khanal, Open Science/Access working group team lead and Mr. Nikesh Balami, Open Government Data/Development working group team lead started the workshop by welcoming all participants & by congratulating Dr. Roshan Kumar Karn, Director of Open Access Nepal for wining Right to Research Coalition (R2RC) emerging leader award.

 

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After the introductory session, Dr. Roshan Kumar Karn started his presentation on the topic “Open Access & Open Access Movements in Nepal”, were he talked about the importance of Open Access Publishing, its importance & also gave some introduction about his community “Open Access Nepal”.

 

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Mr. Prakash Neupane was welcomed at stage after the presentation of Dr. Roshan. Mr. Neupane is ambassador of Open Knowledge Nepal and was giving presentation on the topic “Ongoing practices of research by student in Nepal”. To make workshop more interactive, Mr. Neupane wasn’t using any presentation slides & started his presentation by asking question with participant, “Why student so research?” He shared his experiences of doing research & also shared some ongoing practices with participants to provide them much needed motivation.

 

Mr. Chandan Goopta, Co-Founder of theOpinio entered the stage after Mr. Neupane presentation. Mr. Goopta is one of the young researcher & was giving presentation on the topic “Gaps in student research”. During his presentation he highlights the different stages of research where most students do mistakes and also told participants to learn more about the difference of Interest, Strengths and Goals to be successful researchers. He shares his experiences of doing research in Nepal & underlines some gaps which students need to care while doing research.

 

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Last but not the least, Mr. Kshitiz Khanal was welcomed at stage for his presentation on the topic, “Tools and resources for students research” were he first highlights some facts on why people do research and shared bunch of resources with participants which they can use while doing research. He also discuss some about the ongoing research trends in Nepal.

 

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After the completion of presentation session, Mr. Nikesh Balami thanked all participant for joining the workshop & everyone moved for refreshment break towards the canteen.

Open Access

Open Access Workshop

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Basic Information:

Theme: Open Access Research for Students

Date: 4th December 2015

Venue: Deerwalk Institute of Technology, Tamreshwore Mahadevsthan, Jayabageshwori, Kathmandu.

Time: 10:00 AM – 02:00 PM

For Registration: Please contact “Roshan Gautam” <roosan.gm@gmail.com>

 

Workshop Introduction

 

The workshop, first of its kind will be collaboratively organized by Open Knowledge Nepal (OKN) and Open Access Nepal (OAN). On the importance of open access for student research, opportunities, capacity development and research trends. The workshop will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal on 4th December 2015 at Deerwalk Institute of Technology.

 

The workshop objective is to highlight the condition of Open Access and Open Research in Nepal, to showcase the research opportunities and the moving direction of research trends, and to increase the capacity of student researchers for the further improvements.

 

Representatives from different universities, libraries, civil society and the students of different universities/colleges are expected to attend the workshop.

 

Workshop Objective

 

To provide students with the much needed background knowledge and motivation to start practicing research.

 

Why students?

 

Today’s students are not the same as yesterday’s students. They have more competition, yes, but they also have more access and more power. They have more privilege than students have ever had in human history and this privilege comes with few responsibilities and endless possibilities.

 

Why now?

 

Innovations in technology come with the gift of speed. Speed enhances productivity and communication. Harnessing the power of open access to resources, shifting paradigms in communication, and access to technology, students of today can be involved in research practices early.

 

Why research?

 

Thanks to technology, we have more information and resources in our fingertips than ever before. Decisions made today should be backed by data and proper scientific methodology, if not wholly dependent upon them. Evidence based decision making is what research practice will teach students.

 

Who are we?

 

Open Knowledge Nepal is a working group of international Open Knowledge (Foundation) Network in Nepal. Open Knowledge Nepal has been working as a civil society organization involved in training, advocacy, networking, research, and including organizing events about everything open including open data, open access, open government, open source and open science since 2013.

 

Open Access Nepal are Nepal’s representatives in the Right to Research Coalition (R2RC), a US based organization dedicated towards advocating and educating the policies and principles of open access worldwide. The objective of Open Access Nepal is to disseminate information to student and researchers about open access and promote its policies and principles in Nepal.

 

Open Access?

 

Open Access (OA) means unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research. Open access is primarily intended for scholarly journal articles. but is also provided for a growing number of theses, book chapters, and scholarly monographs.

 

The initial concept of open access refers to an unrestricted online access to scholarly research primarily intended for scholarly journal articles. The term “Open Access” itself was first formulated in three public statements in the 2000s: The Budapest Open Access Initiative in February 2002, the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing in June 2003, and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities in October 2003.

 

Open Research?

 

Open Research is concerned with making scientific research more transparent, more collaborative and more efficient. A central aspect to it is to provide open access to scientific information, especially to the research published in scholarly journals and to the underlying data, much of which traditional science tends to hide away. Other aspects are more open forms of collaboration and engagement with a wider audience, including citizen scientists and the public at large.

 

Open research is research conducted in the spirit of free and open source software. Much like open source schemes that are built around a source code that is made public, the central theme of open research is to make clear accounts of the methodology freely available via the internet, along with any data or results extracted or derived from them. This permits a massively distributed collaboration, and one in which anyone may participate at any level of the project.

 

Event Schedule:

Time Presentation Topic Presenter
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Registration and Inauguration
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Open Access and Open Access Movements in Nepal Dr. Roshan Kumar KarnDirector | Open Access Nepal
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Ongoing practices of research by students in Nepal Mr. Prakash NeupaneAmbassador | Open Knowledge Nepal
12:15 PM – 01:00 PM Gaps in student research Mr. Chandan GooptaCo-Founder | theOpinio
01:00 PM – 01:30 PM Tools and resources for students Mr. Kshitiz KhanalTeam Lead | Open Knowledge Nepal
01:30 PM – 02:00 PM Refreshment & Networking Break
FOSS Nepal Community

Software Freedom Day 2015 celebrated in Nepal

This Blog is Reblogged form Techlekh article, Licened under All rights reserved. I (myself) will be responsible for any problem created by the article.

 

On 19th September, 2015 the 11th Annual event “Software Freedom Day” was celebrated by the groups of Open Communities, who believes in the vision of “Openness”. The program was started at around 11:00 A.M. and was inaugurated by Mr. Dhurba, President of Nepal Engineering Association (NEA). During his speech he talked  about the importance of IT and mainly focused on entrepreneurship and self-employment. He said that NEA is always ready to help the young fellows with great idea that could help make our country grow and develop faster in one way or the other. Mr. Dhurba said that in order to become an entrepreneur determination, hard work, sincerity and consistency counts a lot.

 

There was a lot of question from the audience which he tackled very nicely and lastly ended his motivational presentation by saying “money is always on the air, all you need is to find a way to catch it”.

 

The next presentation was about the Google which was presented by Mr. Saroj Dhakal. Mr. Dhakal is a Google Consultant of Nepal. He talked about the Google Open Source, Google mission and showed various products that Google has launched for the betterment of our country.

 

The next presentation was from Mr. Basanta Shrestha, program manager at Open Learning Education(OLE). He focused on the activities that are conducted by his organization. It includes:

– Technology Deployment
– Content Development
– Training

 

The organization has developed two main products E-path and E-pustakalaya. E-path is National Curriculum Based learning and E-pustakalaya is a Digital Library.
For more details you can visit  http://www.olenepal.org/

 

The next presentation was from Mr. Nirab Pudasaini, a mobile app developer from Kathmandu Living Labs. He started his presentation simply by asking the audience about the Open street Map and went on talking about his experience about it. He said that his team  See update below) around 8000 volunteers from worldwide mapped the details about the earthquakes in map at the time earthquake hit Nepal. He and his team was able to map almost all the places that was hit by the massive earthquake within almost 48 hours. He mentioned about his work and experience and ended the presentation showing all the details about the work they are doing.
For more details you can visit   http://kathmandulivinglabs.org/

 

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After Mr. Pudasaini presentation, next presentation was for Mr. Punit Jajodia, Co-founder of Adhuro.com also presented about the advantage of using open source software and talked more on how the cost is being saved by the help of  Free Open Source Software(FOSS). He talked about the difference between secrecy and security.

 

Finally, the Presentation Session was ended with the presentation of Mr. Manish Modi , Director at Janaki Technology Pvt. Ltd. He also talked about FOSS. He said that FOSS is not an alternative. Today, FOSS has affected everyone directly or indirectly. Sharing his experience and the journey of his life till now, he ended his presentation.

 

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After presentation session was over, a round table meeting and discussion session for future planning of FOSS in Nepal was held. Side by side, several local software communities showcased about their activities too.

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In memory of Michael Bauer

Reblogged from School of Data Blog, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike v3.0 License

 

“It was with great sadness that we learned last week that we had lost one of our greats. Michael Bauer passed away suddenly on 13th September 2015 while running the Wachau half marathon. In this post, the School of Data team (both past and present) remember what he gave to the project, and our favourite moments from working with him.”

 

Michael joined School of Data as one of the first team members in 2012 and worked on the project up until October 2014. In this time, he trained and helped hundreds of activists from across the world and built an amazing community of likeminded people – a community which is now thriving, in large part due to the contributions and skills that Michael gave.

 

His extraordinary intelligence and skills gave School of Data an “edge”; for him, anything done on the project had to be both educational and fun, else there was no point in doing it. He taught all of us personally a huge amount about what it means to be a ‘data trainer’. He was a great colleague, and an even better friend.

 

The School of Data team is largely remote – we work from wherever we like and connect with each other online. This means we don’t see each other so often and most of our contact is done via emails, online meetings or, as usually was the case with Michael, Skype chats from airport lounges…

 

Playing ‘Where is Michael?’ was always a fun game.

Playing ‘Where is Michael?’ was always a fun game.

 

It also means that when we do meet in person, the time is precious. We travelled together across the world – and wow, did Michael travel. He was always up for spontaneous trips (sometimes with as little as twelve hours notice before intercontinental travel), for throwing himself into getting to know new communities, to spend nights dancing even with early starts due the next day. Colourful both in personality and turnout, we will always remember Michael in his shiny cape at Mozfest when we ran our first ever data expedition – our Data Diva.

 

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People genuinely never forgot Michael – he was charismatic and commanded people’s attention. He managed to understand data and people, and he could inspire every single person he met, no matter how many were in the workshop. He was a true polymath, too – he went from medical doctor, to academic, to data trainer/coder, to a journalist – and all before the age of 35.

 

To us, Michael was intelligent, always ready to help people, honest (sometimes painfully), funny and, as all the best people are, wonderfully awkward. Most of all, he was generous with his time, humble, and thoughtful. He managed to foster an environment where anyone could ask him a question, or for help on building something – and he would answer without any fuss, and with contagious enthusiasm.

 

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As a key architect of many of School of Data’s workshop styles, particularly Data Clinics and Data Expeditions, his legacy lives on through the character sheets he made just 10 minutes before the first expedition started, and in many of the materials the community use today

 

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When he moved on to derStandard.at, we were torn between happiness for him – that he was starting a new stage in his life – and sadness, that he was leaving our team. He was so excited about it though: finally, he would “stop talking about data journalism and start doing it.”

 

As a leaving gift, we made him this video to show him how much we appreciated him. Watch it from YouTube.

 

We “the Team of Open Knowledge Nepal” met him during his visit at Nepal for “Open Aid Data Bootcamp 2014 Nepal”. Bedside being an awesome Data Diva, he was a really good Human Being. May his soul rest in peace. Here are some photos from his Nepal visit:

 

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Love “A subject which I can never Pass”

[16th August 2015] haha should I need to say thank you Facebook for reminding it or I need to say fuck you Facebook for bringing that memory back in my mind again :p. I was in a bit confused moments, when suddenly a 2 years old relationship status post pop-ups on my Facebook wall saying it my “memories“. For a moment, I was pretty angry cuz I was not in a relationship with that girl anymore but after sometimes remembering the same moment brings a smile on Face and all those flashbacks came into my mind again.

Those fun moments which I enjoyed while in being a relationship with her was indescribable and unforgeable. Yeah, that’s true, we don’t use to meet lots although her house was too close to mine but virtually we used to talk lots. I used to smile on her each sweet and bitter messages. The best things about her which I like most was her Sweet Smile and a beautiful Hair. Although we are now unknown to each other and we came too far leaving that two years long relationship, but still a small part of my hearts say “That girl was really special for me“. The habits of ours were too different from each-others but we did compromise on different stages. To say it clearly, I can write a book defining a beauty of that girl.

Unfortunately, things didn’t work in a right way always so we moved on. Sometimes I do remember her and regret on all those mistakes I did and sometimes I think about saying sorry too but ……… my ego will come in-between :p hahaha that’s what she and other people think not me. For me, it wasn’t my ego, its all because of my shyness and a habit of letting it go easily. I will hope, someday a time will come where I will receive a chance to tell all those untold story and secrets of mine. and I do agree that I was always weak on the subject of Love but you were the one who brought lots of changes on me. I don’t think it will matter that much now but “You were the best that I would ever have” and will be remembering and missing you always.

At Last:
Fuck you Facebook for bringing those memories back into my minds again!!