Author: Nikesh Balami

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Empty but asusual beautiful Phewa Lake

Traveling is always fun so, never miss an opportunity to travel whenever you got chances. Lots of my Mentors says that traveling increases your creativity and thinking capacity by removing all stress from your minds and must say they are 100% right. I also love to travel lots so that I can go far from this crowded Kathmandu Valley for sometimes. Recently to free my mind from the shocks of earthquake stress, I moved to visit beautiful Pokhara city for two nights.

Pokhara a busy tourist city and the first destination of all tourist who comes to visit Nepal, that’s was my feeling and experiences of last year Pokhara visit. But this year the story was completely different, due to the devastating earthquake which hits Nepal on 25th April 2015, lots of tourists had changed their destination place from Nepal. Although lots of place of Nepal are still very much safe to visit. The whole roads and hotels of Pokhara was almost empty and was waiting for the customer.

More importantly, a beautiful Phewa Lake was also empty, here you can see some images which I clicked while visiting that beautiful Phewa Lake.

 

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People needs all kinds of Data for Innovation: 2nd…

Recently formed Developer Nepal (DN): Data Hackers Group organized their second edition of Data Meetup on the date of 8th July 2015 at Parewa Labs, Kupondole, Nepal. The main aim of the meetup and the group was to bring Data Hackers “Who plays lot’s on different kinds of Data and Programming Languages like Python & JavaScript” at one place to plan somethings innovative and to share their problem & ideas. The plan of Developer Nepal (DN): Data Hackers Group member is to organize informal Data Meetups on the regular intervals of time so, that everyone can be regularly informed & updated with the hackers/developers of Nepal.

Entrepreneur of different Startups of Nepal joined the second edition of Data meetup, We the member of Open Knowledge Nepal also joined them so, that we can increase our contact with the Developer / Hackers of Nepal and can use their Knowledge for Open Knowledge Nepal upcoming projects. Our another aim of joining the meetup was to collect the views of the participant and know what kinds of data they currently are lacking and found difficult to collect.

At the event, Punit Jajodia, Co-founder of Parewa Labs also shared his experience, how the lack of Data hampers their marketing plan of their project named Adhuro.com and suggested all entrepreneurs participant collect Data first while planning or executing something new because Data helps us to figure out your result at the very beginning. He also proposes a project of collecting examination schedule data of different education sectors of Nepal and gave lots of advice regarding startup. Hope that project will start soon and we will also get chance of contributing cuz that project is going to be “Open By Default” so, that anyone from all around the world can use, reuse and redistribute it for their innovative ideas.

Meanwhile DN: KTMJS is also organizing their 2nd meetup at Leapfrog, Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Date: 11 July 2015, where you will receive a chance to meet and learn lots about JavaScript (One of the widely used programming language for data analysis and visualization) form Nepali JavaScript Developers.

Interested Join Them: http://www.meetup.com/KathmanduJS/events/221909484/

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Hope in the coming future also we can see more event and meetup from Developer Nepal.

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Open Standards Seminar on the Occasion of Document Freedom…

Document Freedom Day is “A day where policy-makers, government officials, civil society organization (CSO), journalist, programmer and other valuable individuals come together and raise attention towards the ever growing importance of Open Standards”. Open Knowledge Nepal & Center for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) Nepal collaborated to organize Document Freedom Day 2015 at Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal, where Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community and UNI-Global Union played celebrating partners role. On the occasion of Document Freedom Day 2015, “Half Day Seminar on Open Standards” was organized. At seminar, members of Open Knowledge Nepal and FOSS Nepal Community gave presentation and training.

To know more about Event Visit: http://bit.ly/1BS1P4x

Event Day:

Student from engineering & CSIT background started to enter venue from 02:00 PM (NST) for discussion session. A separate discussion session of one hour was hosted for students, where we discussed about the situation of Open Data and Open Standards at Nepal. We also discussed about what kinds of role Information Technology (IT) students can play to improve the condition of Open Standards at Nepal and how they can help different non-profit community/organization to do so.

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But the main seminar session of presentation and training was started only after 03:00 PM (NST), where more than 35+ representative of different government organization, students and labors union joined seminar venue. The event was started by Mr. Durga of CLASS Nepal by welcoming all participants and he also introduced CLASS Nepal in-between participant with a short speech. He then invited Mr. Lekhnath Pokhrel, representative of UNI-Global Union in the event. He requested all participant to take full advantage of seminar and announced they will be organizing event related with Open Standards and Open Data in coming future too.

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After all those introduction of organizer, Mr. Nikesh Balami of Open Knowledge Nepal & FOSS Nepal Community was called for his presentation on the topic “Open Knowledge, Open Data, Open Standards and Open Formats”. Before starting his presentation Mr. Balami showed his interest in knowing the participants background to create a friendly environment. For a couple of minutes, participants introduced themselves, also stating their professional background. Then He started his presentation by defining the value of Document Freedom Day and tell that this is an 3rd celebration of DFD here at Nepal.

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He shared the whereabouts on what Open Knowledge Nepal is doing and how Open Data can help all citizen/people in the coming future. He shows different steps of making data open and also gave a small talk about Open Standards & Open Data Formats. You can check his presentation slides from his SlideShare Account.

Right after Nikesh presentation Mr. Kshitiz Khanal of Open Knowledge Nepal started the session of Data Filtering and Data Visualization. Mr. Khanal started by QA session, he asked participant what kinds of problems they are facing while working with data and participant shared their problems with each-others. Then he demonstrated the different tricks of data filtering and define what kinds of visualization we need to create while working with data. Volunteer of Open Knowledge Nepal helped participant to understand data visualization and teach them to create visualization by using different tools.

Overall the whole seminar run in an smooth way, around 35 participants take the direct advantage from an event. #DFD15 #DFDNepal

DFD15(42)Check more Photos of an event from Wikimedia Commons: http://bit.ly/1NaKcCf

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Discussion about Open Education Started: Meeting with Rob Grande…

To mark the worldwide celebration of Free Software used in Education and Free Educational Resources: Education Freedom Day 2015 and Open Education Week 2015, we hosted one small informal discussion session with Rob Grande (Representative of LOOMA Project) on the date, 17th March 2015. A discussion session was hosted at FOSS e-Solution which is situated at Putalisadak, Kathmandu. During discussion session we talked lot’s about LOOMA project and others project of VillageTech Solution. We also discussion different ways of collaboration on the field of Open Education in-between VillageTech Solution and Open Knowledge Nepal.

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LOOMA is a portable projection system, which is affordable and low power consuming audio-visual technology device, which provides an interactive window to the internet and access to educational content to village schools that have never seen electricity, computers, or in some cases, even books. Looma uses a wand to navigate the screen, like an electronic whiteboard. The system runs on deep-cycle 12-volt batteries that are recharged using solar power and is about the size of a shoebox.

Till now LOOMA is getting support from VillageTech Solution but now VTS is also currently seeking financial partners to join the Looma team and help put this powerful tool into the hands of students and teachers worldwide.

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Is LOOMA Open Source? The question of Subham Ghimire (Member Open Knowledge Nepal): Rob says “Till now LOOMA is still in development phases and still we are trying to make many changes, therefore we haven’t made code public but I will take us more than Two weeks and all the code will be made available publicly”.

During the discussion, Rob suggests Open Knowledge Nepal Team can help LOOMA project by organizing different Hackathon for LOOMA project or by providing educational content of Nepal so, that they can integrate those content at LOOMA. He also defines a little bit about hardware structure of LOOMA, how the projector is made.

Some cool features of LOOMA are:

  • Interactive whiteboard capability
  • Internet connection over any mobile data network and Wi-Fi
  • Online and offline educational content
  • Web browser
  • Local storage capability

You can check more about LOOMA and others project of Village Tech Solution from their Website: http://villagetechsolutions.org/

and Check LOOMA Intro Video: https://vimeo.com/99206742

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Wiki Loves Earth (WLM) / Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM)…

“I am less contributor but more user”, that was such an awkward sentences to say inside of a hall full of Wikimedians, while introducing myself but as-usual program started with an introduction. My love for Wikimedia pulled me towards Wiki Loves Earth (WLE) / Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) Award ceremony, after receiving invitation mail from Mr. Saroj Dhakal (Wikimedians of Nepal). To make myself punctual of timing, I reached venue Siddhartha Cottage at around 11:20 AM. Although the program officially started from 12:00 AM. Mr. Saroj Dhakal started an Award Ceremony by giving an introduction to the community. He describes how community started and how it is running currently. For half an hours, participant of a program also introduces themselves to each other.

Then again, Saroj Dhakal started the award distribution of Wiki Loves Earth (WLE) competition. WLE was an initiative started by Ukrainian wikimedians. Where we upload an photos/images of different Natural Resources of Earth. This year 15 countries participate at WLE competition and out of them, Nepal got 7th position worldwide. Form Nepal 135 people participate and upload more than 35,000+ photos on Wiki Loves Earth (WLE).

Top Ten winners of WLE are:

1st – Mohan K. Duwal, 2nd – Thomas Fuhrmann, 3rd – Ringi Sherpa, 4th – Mohan K. Duwal, 5th – Mohan K. Duwal, 6th – Ringi Sherpa, 7th – Endra Rai, 8th – Mohan K. Duwal, 9th – Bijay Kumar Shrestha, 10th – Bijay Kumar Shrestha.

You can see their photos from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Earth_2014_in_Nepal/Winners

Mr. Ganesh Poudel gave certificate and token of love to all top ten participants and winner. Juries who helped them to choose a winner was awarded prize amount also.

In between the gap of WLE and WLM award ceremony, Mr. Ganesh Poudel gave a small introduction to Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM). WLM was an initiative started by Netherlands wikimedians, where people/participant upload the pictures of different valuable cultural monuments of their country.

Top Ten winner of WLM are:

1st – Alexander Shafir, 2nd – Alexander Shafir, 3rd – Karna Deshar, 4th – Alexander Shafir, 5th – Sober Tramp, 6th – Saroj Pandey, 7th – Niraj Kumar Karn, 8th – Alexander Shafir, 9th – Niraj Kumar Karn, 10th – Alexander Shafir.

You can see their photos from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2014_in_Nepal/Winners

Mr. Hempal Shrestha gave certificate and token of love to all top ten participant and winners.

Certificate of Wikithone-3 and Sampadhathon was also distributed at the same ceremony. At the end of the event, there was a small discussion session where participant suggested some inputs to make the community more strong.

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A Day with Open Data Enthusiasm: Open Data Day…

Short preparation but after a long wait we were all set for celebrating Open Data Day 2015 in our country Nepal. This year also with an help of different open communities like Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community, Mozilla Nepal, Wikimedians of Nepal, CSIT Association of Nepal, Acme Open Source Community (AOSC), Open Source Ascol Circle (OSAC) etc planning of Open Data Day 2015 Kathmandu was made and Open Knowledge Nepal was a core organizer of an event.

Key Activities of an event was:

– Presentation Session

– Spending Data Party

– CKAN Localization

– Data Scrapathon

– MakerFest

– Wikipedia Editathon

– Community Discussion

You can find more details about an event from Event Page: http://np.okfn.org/2015/02/16/opendataday2015/

[21st February 2015] Event Day:

Participant started to check in from 10:00 AM (NST) and many unregistered participant from various colleges & organization did their registration on the venue at registration desk. Must say interest about Open Data is too high among people, we received 105 registration for an event within 65 hours and more than 90+ registered and 20+ unregistered participant joined us for Open Data Day 2015 Kathmandu celebration.

After registration & check in, all the participant, supporters and organizer gathered at the venue ground for an orientation about the event. Mr. Hempal Shrestha from Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community welcomed everyone at event and requested Mr. Ayush Shrestha, Director of mDevSolution (Venue) to have a short introduction speech. Mr. Shrestha told that mDevSolution always welcomes this kind of initiatives and shares their interest to host this kind of events again and again in the coming future. Right after him Mr. Nikesh Balami, Member of Open Knowledge Nepal gave a short orientation about an event and shared the event plan with all participants. He explained how event will flow whole day and how different communities will be facilitating separate groups/teams. After an introduction of all organizer, mentors and representatives, all participant moved towards respective rooms. Volunteers served coffee to all of them.

Spending Data Party and Data Scrapathon at Hall 1:

With more than 40+ participant, Open Knowledge Nepal hosted Spending Data Party and Data Scrapathon. Before starting at first Mr. Shubham Ghimire, Member of Open Knowledge Nepal gave a short introductory presentation. In his presentation he clarified what is Open Knowledge Nepal, what are the visions of the community, why open data is important etc. After making all participant clear about open data, another member of Open Knowledge Nepal Mr. Nikesh Balami started his presentation on the topic Open Data – What and How?? On his presentation he showed the process of making data public & open. He also discussed about the Data Process, how we need to work with open data. Last but not the least, there was a presentation from Mr. Firoj Ghimire where he gave an introduction on different data visualization tools and explained the importance of it.

After a presentation session Data Scrapathon and Spending Data Party was started, Nikesh Balami and Subham Ghimire was mentoring the participant. At first introduction of “Tabula” data scraping tool was given, by using Tabula we can easily scrap the PDF data and can easily convert those data into Comma Separated Value (CSV) format. Then participant were asked to search and download the spending data, budget, balance sheet etc of their locality in PDF format from Internet. After that, process of scraping PDF data was taught, all participant used tabula to scrap their locality spending data and filter those data using spreadsheet. After scraping and filtering, it was a time for data visualization. Since, participant of MakerFest was using datawrapper.de for data visualization we decided to use something different. At first participants shows their interest of using OpenSpending for visualization but after trying and looking those complicated process we decided to use Google Fusion Table for data visualization. Nikesh Balami shows the process of visualizing data using Google Fusion Table and participant visualized their data.

CKAN Localization at Room A:

More than 15+ participant were busy localizing CKAN, where Mr. Manish Dangol & Mr. Firoj Ghimire from Open Knowledge Nepal were looked busy mentoring them. “CKAN is a tool for making open data websites. (Think of a content management system like WordPress – but for data, instead of pages and blog posts.) It helps you manage and publish collections of data. It is used by national and local governments, research institutions, and other organizations who collect a lot of data.” They were targeting to localize more than 500 string at the event day. Anyone from all around the world can contribute for localization, we just need to create an account at Transifex and then start localizing. Interested contributors can visit: https://www.transifex.com/projects/p/ckan/resource/2-2/

Editathon at Room B:

During the introduction session Mr. Nikesh Balami, the event coordinator has urged “Today we are not going to learn, we are going to show products. By the end of the day every team shall come with number of products. You will not say I learned this and that, you’ll have something to show.”

It was a big challenge to our team because in most of the computers which participants brought, there was no Nepali input keyboard. Many of the participants were new to Nepali typing and some of them were opening their Wikipedia accounts for the first time.

The challenge was simply met by the active contributor of Nepali Wikipedia Mr. Navaraj Ghimire who was coordinating the editathon at Room B. Nepali Wikipedia Editathon kicked off when Nepali Wikipedia Sysop Mr. Ganesh Paudel briefly introduced Wikipedia explaining how everyone can edit wikipedia. Altogether 15+ participants participated in the editathon among them 50% were newbies. Although there was frequent obstruction of internet connectivity the editathon session went on. By the end of the day, participants have created new pages and wrote new article in Nepali Wikipedia and pages in Doteli test wikipedia was also created. Participant learned how to create and write article at Wikipedia. They improved lots.

MakerFest at Room C:

AKA Mozilla Maker Party, was themed specially for Open Data Day. Some data visualization was done on the occasion using webmaker and some free scraping & visualization tools “Tabula” and “datawrapper.de” were used. With around 20+ participants, the party started at 11:30 AM (NST) with brief introduction to Webmaker and its application and use. The session was hosted by Ms. Shristi Baral and Mr. Abhash Adhikari later joined by Mr. Nootan Ghimire and Mr. Kuber Sodari. They helped the participants to use the data visualization tools and Thimble.

After the warmup session the participants grasped various data freely available on web. After converting those PDF data into CSV using tabula, the CSV data was visualized by using datawrapper.de and then presented using thimble. Then the event was followed by presentation session about the products and things composed by the participants during event.
After the presentation session, Mr. Avash Mulmi gave a brief introduction about Mozilla Nepal and Mozilla as a whole and question answer session followed the short Appmaker warmup by Mr. Mulmi.

 

Final Hours:

Participants worked and learn different innovative ideas about open data and openness whole day followed by some coffee and lunch break. At the final hours of a day there was and output discussion session. where participant present their output at respective rooms & mentors gave suggestion and feedback to them. That discussion session was almost an end session of a event and participant slowly started to leave venue after than. But again Nikesh Balami from Open Knowledge Nepal called interested participant to join community discussion. More than 40+ participant gathers at venue rooftop where discussion about future plans, community engagement and feedbacks about an event were asked. Participant gave some sweet and bitter moments feedback of an event. With a big smile on everyone face Open Data Day 2015 Kathmandu, Nepal celebration ends.

To see more images of an Event: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Open_Data_Day_2015_Nepal

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Open Data Day 2015 Kathmandu, Nepal

Open Data Day 2015 Kathmandu, Nepal

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Basic Information:-

Date: 21st February 2015

Time: 10 AM – 05:30 PM

Venue: mDevSolutions Office, Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal. (opposite Subusi Head Office)

For Registration: Registration Close

For More information please Contact: 9818338967 (Suraj Bohara), 9842437309 (Shubham Ghimire), 9841141276 (Sagar Ghimire), 9842430135 (Firoj Ghimire)

Internet Partner: Subisu Cable Net Pvt. Ltd.

*Please Bring Laptop and Multiplug if Possible*

What is Open Data Day?

Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments. The goal to mark this event is team building among open communities and beginning a series of collaborative events for enhancing knowledge and awareness about the Free and open source software, open data, open content, and various open knowledge technologies.”

When is it going to happen?

This year Open Data Day is happening on 21st February 2015 and there are lot of activities being organized by lot of Tech Communities around the world. A day where hackers, data wranglers, computer geeks, students, open source lovers, journalists etc gathers and make some useful application with open data!!

Who is organizing it at Nepal?

Community who are working under the philosophy of openness and open source are once again going to organized Open Data Day at Nepal. Name of the communities who are leading associate of an events are: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community, Open Knowledge Nepal, Mozilla Nepal, Wikimedia Nepal, Acme Open Source Community (AOSC), Open Source Ascol Circle (OSAC), CSIT Association of Nepal etc. Communities like Open Knowledge Nepal, Mozilla Nepal, Wikimedia Nepal and FOSS Nepal will be facilitating separate Data Hackathon, Scrapathon, MakerFest, Editathon and others communities will be helping to manage volunteers, participant and resources for an event.

Key Activities of a Day:

– Presentation Session

– Spending Data Party

– CKAN Localization

– Data Scrapathon

– MakerFest

– Editathon

– Community Discussion

What Open Knowledge Nepal & the team will be doing this year?

This year Open Knowledge Nepal is the core organizer of Open Data Day 2014 Kathmandu and the volunteer of Open Knowledge Nepal will be leading 3 important parts/team on that day. We will be running Spending Data Party, Data Scrapathon and CKAN Localization on that day.

# Spending Data Party:

On Spending Data Party we will be opening up budget, balance sheets and spending data of different cities to help citizens get a sense of where the money is being spent by the government. A group of data wranglers and visualization experts will be working to collect budget, spending, procurement and balance sheets of different districts of Nepal. They will be opening up all those data and will visualized them with the help of OpenSpending.

OpenSpending exists to “map the money worldwide” – that is, to track and analyze public financial information globally. It is a central, high-quality, open database of public financial information, including budgets, spending, balance sheets, procurement etc. The OpenSpending database is a resource for the many individuals and groups who wish to discuss and investigate public financial information, including journalists, academics, campaigners, and more.

# Data Scrapathon:

In Nepal, number of organization who publish their data in open format are very less. Maybe because of this reason we ranked on the position #63 at Global Open Data Index. By looking at this kinds of situation Open Knowledge Nepal had created one separate account for Nepal at DataHub, where we collect and keep data. On Data Scrapathon we will be scrapping data of different sectors whether it education, health, development etc and will be converting & filtering those data in open format. Later, all those data will be pushed at DataHub account of Nepal.

# CKAN Localization:

CKAN is a tool for making open data websites. (Think of a content management system like WordPress – but for data, instead of pages and blog posts.) It helps you manage and publish collections of data. It is used by national and local governments, research institutions, and other organizations who collect a lot of data. On CKAN Localization a group will be working to convert that open source data platform tool in Nepali Language.

Extra Session / Activities of a Day:

# Presentation Session

On this session leaders of different communities will be giving a presentation on the importance on openness and open source, why openness matters and what does openness really means?.

# MakerFest:

This team will be lead by the members of an Mozilla Nepal community. Participant will be working on the Mozilla Webmaker project named Popcorn, Thimble and X-Ray Google. They will be trying to integrate open data and Mozilla Webmaker.
Mozilla Webmaker help millions of people move from using the web to making the web. With new tools to use, projects to create, and events to join, we want to help the world increase their understanding of the web and take greater control of their online lives.

# Editathon:

Volunteer of an Wikimedia Nepal will be leading this part of an program. Participant will edit and add new article at Nepali Wikipedia. Unicode experts and Nepali Wikipedia frequently editor will be mentoring the participant. This will help to increase new article at Nepali Wikipedia.

# Community Discussion:

At the last hour of an event all communities leaders and participants will gather at hall, where Participant will showcase their outputs and suggestion will be given right away to them. Last year at Open Data Day 2013 celebration we launched Open Collaborative Community Consortium but the consortium is still inactive, we will be discuss more about how we can further run that consortium in an smooth way in coming future and what role can we together can play to develop the situation of Open Data in Nepal.

Event Schedule:

Time

Activities

10:00AM – 10:30AM:

Registration / Check In

10:30AM – 11:00AM:

Tea & Networking

11:00AM – 11:30AM:

Presentation Session (Only for New Participant)

11:30AM – 11:50AM:

Group / Team Division

11:50AM – 12:00AM:

Moving Towards Respective Rooms

12:00AM – 03:00PM:

Working Hours

03:00PM – 03:30PM:

Lunch / Refreshment

03:00PM – 04:50PM:

Working / Finalizing Hours

04:50PM – 05:10PM:

Output Presentation

05:10PM – 05:30PM:

Community Discussion

05:30PM Onwards:

Goodbye Tea

Accountability Lab

My Hate towards Government officers decreased after attending Integrity…

While surfing an Internet as usual and going through my Facebook account. I saw a post from an Accountability Lab saying “Award ceremony of an Integrity Idol Nepal 2014 is going to happen on 11th January 2015 at Nepal Tourism Board, Exhibition Road”. Integrity Idol “A citizen campaign which highlights and honor Nepal’s honest government officials and demonstrates the importance of honesty, personal responsibility and accountability, which will inspire a new generation to be an effective public servant”. I was following “Integrity Idol Nepal” Facebook page since a couple of months, A question started to hit my mind and I started thinking who would be the first ever Integrity Idol. So, to find the answer to that question, I moved towards Nepal Tourism Board where the event was going to be held.

I reached the venue exactly at 3:30 PM (Nepali Time) and after entering inside of the venue, I saw something amazing. Seats in an Auditorium was already packed, After searching for some minutes I managed to get one seat in the last row of an Auditorium.

Times goes on but the ceremony didn’t start, One guy (probably a host) came at the stage and announced that “Chief guest will be arriving soon and requested all participant to have a cup of Tea, which was kept outside of an Auditorium”.

Most of the participant moved outside for a Tea and I utilized that chance, I garbed one seat in the third row of an Auditorium form where I can see everything happening on the stage.
At 4:13 PM (Nepali Time), two hosts Mr. Suman Parajuli and Ms. Ashmita Sharma started a ceremony officially by playing a Video. They take only some minutes to introduce guest & chief guest and requested all participant to stand up for National Anthem.

I personally found myself feeling so much proud while singing a National Anthem with those National Heroes in the same room.
Right after National Anthem, Host started to introduce all those 5 finalists of an Integrity Idol Nepal 2014 one by one. That finalist where from the different sector and the works are done by them was really amazing and inspiring. CNN Hero 2010 and President of Maiti Nepal, Ms. Anuradha Koirala (My Idol) congratulate all 5 finalists with a flower garland.

After that Mr. Surya Nath Upadhya, former Chief Commissioner of CIAA, who was also a coordinator of Panel of Judges was called on a stage to give a short speech and to announce a winner name of an Integrity Idol Nepal 2014. He told that it was very much difficult for them to choose one National Hero, but public votes make that job easy. By adding some jokes & laughter at his speech, he announced the name of an Integrity Idol Nepal 2014 and the name of the winner was Ms. Gyan Mani Nepal from Education sector. Mr. Narayan Adhikari from Accountability Lab and Mr. Surya Nath Upadhya gave a token of love to all 5 finalists and Chief Guest, Mr. Leela Mani Paudyal, Chief Secretary, Government of Nepal gave the trophy to a winner of an Integrity Idol Nepal 2014.

After trophy and token distribution, Host requests a winner Mr. Gyan Mani Nepal to share his feeling and experience of winning the award with us. Mr. Nepal told that he always love to provide quality service and said that Chief Secretary, Mr. Leela Mani Paudyal was also the source of his inspiration. He shares his dream of improving the education system in the rural villages of Nepal. Must say his speech was really emotional and make me realized that it’s not easy to be a public servant.
Then, Mr. Suman Parajuli called Mr. Leela Mani Poudyal, chief secretary of Nepal Government on stage for his speech. He first congratulates all 5 finalists and told them to try more and more. He also thanked organizer and said this kind of initiatives will add more energy and empowers government officers to do more. “Public taxes are only the source of their salary and they should return 100% of that salary through their work and services” said by him. He also shares his feeling of knowing more about the organizer and told organizer team to share the process of joining their organization.

Last but not the least, Host announced the statistics of public votes received by the winner and called Mr. Narayan Adhikari on stage for the closing speech. Mr. Adhikari said that they will be running the program every year and told everyone to visit accountabilitylab.org if they want to know more the community. He thanked all guest, chief guest and participants for joining them and requested everyone to have a cup of tea once again. At the end of the program I promise myself that I will not hate Government officers now onwards, All of them are not same”.

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२०१४ खुला डेटा सूचकांकले प्रमुख डेटा खोल्न सरकारले ढिलो…

खुल्ला ज्ञानले विश्वव्यापी खुला डेटाको स्थिति मुल्याङ्कन गर्दै २०१४ खुला डेटा सूचकांक प्रकाशित गरेको छ

 

 

खुल्ला ज्ञानले २०१४ खुला डेटा सूचकांक प्रकाशित गरेको छ जसले केहि प्रगति भएको देखाएता पनि अझै अधिकांश सरकारहरुले आफ्ना नागरिक र व्यवसायहरुलाई सुलभ रूपमा प्रमुख जानकारीहरु उपलब्ध गराइरहेका छैनन् भन्ने दर्शाउँछ। मैक्किंजे तथा अन्यले खुल्ला डेटाको सम्भावित लाभ १ खरब डलरभन्दा बढि रहेको अनुमान लगाइरहेका बेला, सुस्त प्रगतिले यस प्रमुख अवसरलाई क्षति गर्ने जोखिम देखिन्छ।

 

रफस पोलक, संस्थापक तथा खुला ज्ञानका अध्यक्ष भन्छन्,

 

‘सरकारी डेटा खुल्ला गर्नाले लोकतन्त्र, जवाफदेहिता र नवीनता उजागर हुन्छ। यसले नागरिकलाई आफ्नो अधिकार जान्न र अभ्यास गर्न सक्षम पार्छ , र यसले समाजमा समेत लाभ ल्याउँछ: परिवहन देखि, शिक्षा र स्वास्थ्य सम्म। विगत केही वर्षमा सरकारबाट खुल्ला डेटाको समर्थनमा स्वागतयोग्य वृद्धि भएता पनि यो वर्षको सूचकांकले वास्तविक प्रगति जहिल्यै लफ्फाजीभन्दा धेरै पछि परेको देखाउँछ।’

 

यो सूचकांकले बिभिन्न देशहरुलाई सरकारी खर्च, चुनावी परिणाम, यातायात समयतालिका, र प्रदूषण स्तर सहित दस मुख्य क्षेत्रमा जानकारीको उपलब्धता र पहुँचका आधारमा सुचिकृत गर्दछ।

 

बिगतको स्थितिलाई कायम राख्दै समग्र ९६% स्कोरसहित बेलायत सुचकांकको शीर्ष स्थानमा छ भने, त्यसलाई पछ्याउँदै डेनमार्क दोस्रो र गत बर्ष १२औँ  स्थानमा रहेको फ्रान्स तेस्रो स्थानमा छन्। त्यस्तै, फिनल्याण्ड चौथो स्थानमा छ भने पाचौँ स्थानका लागि अष्ट्रेलिया र न्यूजील्याण्डले साझेदारी गरेका छन्।संयुक्त १२औँ स्थानमा आएका  ल्याटिन अमेरिकी मुलुक कोलम्बिया र  उरुग्वे साथै १०औँ स्थानमा आएको भारत ( पहिला २७ औँ ) ले प्रभावशाली परिणाम देखाएका छन्।

 

सियरा लियोन, माली, हैटी र गिनी, मूल्यांकन गरिएका देशहरूमध्ये सबै भन्दा कम स्थानमा छन् , तर यस्ता देश हरु पनि धेरै छन् जहाँ सरकार कम खुला छन् र त्यस्ता देशहरु पर्याप्त खुलापन वा नागरिक समाजको सक्रियता अभावका कारण मूल्यांकन गरिएका छैनन्।

 

फ्रान्सिस मौड, बेलायत खुला डेटा एजेन्डा लागि जिम्मेवार बेलायती मन्त्रिमण्डल कार्यालयका मन्त्री, भन्छन्:

 

‘म बेलायत खुला डेटा सूचकांकको शीर्ष स्थानमा रहेको हेर्न पाएकोमा अत्यन्तै खुसी छु। हाम्रो दीर्घकालीन आर्थिक योजनाको एक भागका रूपमा सरकारले गत साढे चार बर्षदेखि एक प्रभावशाली पारदर्शिता एजेन्डा संचालनमा ल्याएको थियो। हामि हाम्रा नागरिकले हाम्रो हरेक  कार्यप्रति खबरदारी गरुन् भन्ने चाहन्छौँ र यसका लागि खुल्ला डेटा सूचकांक एक महान उपकरण हो।यो सधैं सजिलो छैन तर हामी संसारमा सबैभन्दा पारदर्शी र खुला सरकार हुने हाम्रो प्रयासमा प्रतिबद्ध रहने छौँ। ‘

 

समग्र खुल्ला डेटासेटको संख्यामा (८७ देखि १०४) अर्थपूर्ण सुधार आए पनि, सबै सर्वेक्षित देशहरुमा खुला डेटासेटको प्रतिशत कम (११% मात्र) रह्यो।

 

तैपनि अझै खुल्ला सरकारी डेटाका क्षेत्रमा नेताहरूबीच पनि सुधारको ठाऊँ छः उदाहरणका लागि,अमेरिका र जर्मनीले त्यहाँका निगमहरुको एक समेकित तथा खुला दर्ता प्रदान गर्दैनन्।अधिकांश देशहरुमा या त सबैमा जानकारीहरु प्रदान गर्न नसकेर वा सीमित जानकारी मात्र उपलब्ध गराएर सरकारी खर्च विवरणको वरिपरि खुलापन को स्थिति हदै निराशाजनक देखिएको छ। ९७ मध्ये केवल दुई देशले (बेलायत र ग्रीस) मात्र यस सन्दर्भमा पुर्णाङ्क प्राप्त गर्न सफल भएका छन्।धेरै देशहरूमा सुस्त वृद्धि र जारी मितव्ययिताको अवधिमा नागरिक र व्यवसायहरुलाई यस प्रकारको डेटाको स्वतन्त्र र खुला पहुँच दिनु पैसा बचत र सरकारी दक्षता सुधारका लागि एक प्रभावकारी माध्यम हुने कुरा उल्लेखनीय छ।

 

रफस पोलक भन्छन्:

‘खुला डेटा को साँचो लाभ महसुस गर्न, सरकारले केही स्प्रिेडसिटलाई अनलाइन राख्ने भन्दा अझ बढी गृहकार्य गर्नुपर्छ। जानकारी सजिलै पाइने र बुझिने, र जुनै उद्देश्यका लागि पनि प्रयोग गर्न सकिने, र जोकोहीले पनि  जहाँसुकै र जुनै उदेश्यका लागि पुनर्प्रयोग र बाँड्न सक्ने खालको हुनुपर्छ। ‘

 

२०१४ खुल्ला डेटा सूचकांकमा नेपाल ६३औँ स्थानमा छ।सूचकांक कथाहरुको ब्लग मार्फत विश्व खुला डेटा सूचकांकका बारे खुला ज्ञान नेपालको धारणा बुझ्न सकिनेछ।

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[Press Release] 2014 Open Data Index Shows Slow Progress…

OPEN KNOWLEDGE PUBLISHES 2014 OPEN DATA INDEX, TRACKING THE STATE OF OPEN DATA WORLDWIDE

Open Knowledge has published its 2014 Open Data Index which shows that whilst there has been some progress, most governments are still not providing key information in an accessible form to their citizens and businesses. With recent estimates from McKinsey and others putting the potential benefits of open data at over $1 trillion, slow progress risks the loss of a major opportunity.

Rufus Pollock, Founder and President of Open Knowledge says,

‘Opening up government data drives democracy, accountability and innovation. It enables citizens to know and exercise their rights, and it brings benefits across society: from transport to education and health. There has been a welcome increase in support for open data from governments in the last few years, but this year’s Index shows that real progress on the ground is too often lagging behind the rhetoric.’

The Index ranks countries based on the availability and accessibility of information in ten key areas, including government spending, election results, transport timetables, and pollution levels.

The UK topped the 2014 Index retaining its pole position with an overall score of 96%, closely followed by Denmark and then France at number 3 up from 12th last year. Finland comes in 4th while Australia and New Zealand share the 5th place. Impressive results were seen from India at #10 (up from #27) and Latin American countries like Colombia and Uruguay who came in joint 12th.

Sierra Leone, Mali, Haiti and Guinea ranked lowest of the countries assessed, but there are many countries where the governments are less open but that were not assessed because of lack of openness or a sufficiently engaged civil society.

Francis Maude, Minister for the UK Cabinet Office and responsible for the UK open data agenda, says:

‘I’m delighted to see the UK retain our number one position in the Open Data Index. As part of our long-term economic plan this Government has driven an impressive transparency agenda for the past four and a half years. We have called for people to hold our feet to the fire and the Open Data Index is a great tool for doing just that. This isn’t always easy but we remain committed to our efforts to be the most transparent and open government in the world.’

Overall, whilst there was a meaningful improvement in the number of open datasets (from 87 to 104), the percentage of open datasets across all the surveyed countries remained low at only 11%.

Even amongst the leaders on open government data, there is still room for improvement: the US and Germany, for example, do not provide a consolidated, open register of corporations. There was also a disappointing degree of openness around the details of government spending with most countries either failing to provide information at all or limiting the information available – only two countries out of 97 (the UK and Greece) got full marks here. This is noteworthy as in a period of sluggish growth and continuing austerity in many countries, giving citizens and businesses free and open access to this sort of data would seem to be an effective means of saving money and improving government efficiency.

Rufus Pollock says:

‘For the true benefits of open data to be realized, governments must do more than simply put a few spreadsheets online. The information should be easily found and understood, and should be able to be freely used, reused and shared by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose.’

Media contact: Susanne Kendler & Emma Beer, Open Knowledge, email: press@okfn.org, twitter @okfn, phone: 0044 (0)1223 422159

Notes to the Editor

For detailed Information and downloadable graphics: http://index.okfn.org/

  • The Open Data Index is run by Open Knowledge in collaboration with a global network of experts and contributors. In the process, members of the public, civil society organisations and open data experts assess the availability and accessibility of the defined data-sets in places around the world. Their submissions are then peer-reviewed and checked by an expert team of local and dataset reviewers and points are awarded in accordance with the findings.
  • The Index provides an independent assessment of openness in the following areas: transport timetables; government budget; government spending; election results; company registers; national map; national statistics; legislation; postcodes / ZIP codes; emissions of pollutants. For more, see http://index.okfn.org/dataset/
  • Countries and places assessed are: United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Germany, United States, India, Taiwan, Colombia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Uruguay, Iceland, Netherlands, Romania, Chile, Japan, Isle of Man, Austria, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, Slovenia, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Turkey, Kosovo, Malta, Spain, Latvia, Georgia, Hungary, Ireland, South Africa, Portugal, Israel, Pakistan, Paraguay, Ecuador, Republic of Moldova, Indonesia, Jamaica, Russian Federation, Argentina, Poland, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Belgium, Costa Rica, Greece, Hong Kong, China, El Salvador, Burkina Faso, Thailand, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Slovakia, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Nepal, Senegal, Singapore, Tunisia, Guatemala, Lithuania, Philippines, Virgin Islands US, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Cambodia, Zambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Morocco, Panama, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Kenya, Lebanon, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Cyprus, Lesotho, United Republic of Tanzania, Benin, Oman, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Mali and Guinea.
  • See regional stories about open data and the Global Open Data Index 2014 here: http://index.okfn.org/stories/
  • Where we have received submissions for 2013 and 2014 from places that may not be officially recognized as independent countries, we have included these if they are complete and accurate submissions. Therefore, the Global Open Data Index 2014 ranks ‘Places’ and not ‘Countries’.
  • Open Data is information which can be freely used, reused and shared by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose. Truly open data demands a range of both technical and legal qualities which ensure that anyone can reuse it freely, for maximum benefit, and the Global Open Data Index assesses all of these. The Open Definition sets out the principles which define “openness” in relation to data and content: http://opendefinition.org/
  • Open Knowledge, founded in 2004, is a worldwide network of people who are passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology, and training to unlock information and turn it into insight and change. Our aim is to give everyone the power to use information and insight for good.
  • Visit http://okfn.org/ to learn more about Open Knowledge and its major projects including http://SchoolOfData.org/ and http://OpenSpending.org/.

Nepal is ranked #63 in the 2014 Index. You can check Index and also read what Open Knowledge Nepal says about Global Open Data Index from Index Stories Blog.