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Standing with Open Communities @ CAN SofTech 2014

Computer Association of Nepal (CAN) was going to organize CAN SofTech  2014 from 11th to 14th September 2014 at Exhibition Hall, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. so, we also decided to keep one combine stall of FOSS Nepal Community, Nepali Wikipedia, Mozilla Nepal and Open Knowledge Nepal over there.

Here are some images were taken during the event period.

Day 1st | 11th September 2014

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Day 2nd | 12th September 2014

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Day 3rd | 13th September 2014

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Day 4th | 14th September 2014

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Open Access Week 2014 Celebrated in Nepal

With a theme of Generation Open (Everywhere), International Open Access Week was celebrated for the first time in Nepal for the opening 2 days: October 20th, 21st. The event, which was led by newly founded Open Access Nepal, and supported by Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) and The Right To Research Coalition (R2RC). On the Day 1st (Oct. 20) there was a conference and on the Day 2nd (Oct.21) there was a Workshop.

Open Access Nepal is an affiliate chapter of Right to Research Coalition (R2RC), a U.S. based organization dedicated towards the advocacy and promotion of open access and its policies worldwide. Open Access Nepal was established in early 2014 with the fundamental objective of promoting open access principles and research activity amongst students and researchers. It aims to nurture potential researchers with unrestricted access to scholarly articles. The prime function of Open Access Nepal at the moment is to advocate and aware students, librarians, researchers and journal representatives about open access and its benefits.

Day 1st (October 20) Conference Day:

The event started at 09:00 AM sharp after the registration and tea break. There was a Questionnaire session at the beginning of the event and was followed through Video presentation, where different videos related to open access and research where shown. Mr. Roshan Karn, Director of Open Access Nepal gave a short introduction on how Open Access Nepal was founded and what its objectives are. After his introductory speech, presentation sessions began to Find the list of the presentation topic and the name of the presentation:

1) Introduction to Open Access – Iryna Kuchma, Program Manager of Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL).

2) OA for Student, Libraries, and Researchers – Janardan Dhungana, Chief of Tribhuwan University Central Library.

3) Open Access Movements and NeLIC – Jagdish Aryal from The Social Science Baha.

4) Overview of Research in Nepal and Open Access – Madhusudhan Gautam from Research Methodology and Economics, Ph.D. candidate for Development Studies, Kathmandu University.

5) Status of OA in Nepal – Lal Bahadur Chauhan, Assistant Librarian of Tribhuwan University Central Library.

6) Open Access Repository – Shyan Kirat Rai, Training and Research Officer from Center for Knowledge Management and IT, Nepal Administrative Staff College.

7) The need of OA for Student – Purna Lal Shrestha, Associate Librarian of TUCL.

8) Open Access Advantages, Quality and Progress of Research – Pushpa Raj Subedi, Librarian of Global International College.

9) Open Access Publishing Growing Fast – Anil Kumar Jha from ICIMOD.

10) Developed Digital Library in NHRC using different Open Source Library Software – Chandra Bhisan Yadav, Information Officer from Government of Nepal, Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal Health Research Council.

11) Open Access, Open Data, and Open Research – Tika Gautam, Ph.D. from Central Department of Sociology, TU.

Besides all this presentation there was also a presentation from Mr. Yadav Chandra Niraula, Chief from Nepal National Library and at the end of the day, there was a felicitation program for the speakers where Director of Open Access Nepal gave a token of love to all the participant.

Day 2nd (October 21) Workshop Day:

Workshop Day was divided into three parts, workshop one was about Open Access which was lead by Iryna Kuchma form Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), Workshop two was about  Open Science and Collaborative Research which was lead by  Kshitiz Khanal from Open Knowledge Nepal and Last Workshop three was about Open Data which was lead by Joshva Leslie from Open Nepal.

Open Knowledge Nepal hosted an interactive session on Open Science and Collaborative Research on the second day. The session we lead by Kshitiz Khanal, Team Leader of Open Access / Open Science for Open Knowledge Nepal with support from Iryna Kuchma and Nikesh Balami, Team Leader of Open Development / Government Data. About 8-10 Open Access experts of the country were present inside the hall to assist participants. The session began a half an hour before lunch where participants were first asked to brainstorm till lunch was over about what they think Open Science and Collaborative Research is, and the challenges relevant to Open Access that they have faced / might face in their Research endeavors. The participants were seated at round tables in groups of 7-8 persons, making a total of 5 groups.

After lunch, one team member from each group took turns in the front to present the summary of their brain-storming in colored chart papers. Participants came up with near exact definitions and reflected the troubles researchers in the country have been facing regarding Open Access. As we can expect of industrious students, some groups impressed the session hosts and experts with interesting graphical illustrations.

Iryna followed the presentations by her presentation where she introduced the concept, principles, and examples related to Open Science. Kshitiz followed Iryna with his presentation on Collaborative Research.

Session on Collaborative Research featured industry-academia collaborations facilitated by government. Collaborative Research needs more attention in Nepal as World Bank’s data of Nepal shows that total R&D investment is only equivalent to 0.3% of total GDP. Lambert Toolkit, created by the Intellectual Property Office of the UK, was also discussed. The toolkit provides agreement samples for industry-university collaborations, multi-party consortiums and few decision guides for such collaborations. The session also introduced version control and discussed simple web-based tools for Collaborative Research like Google Docs, Etherpads, Dropbox, Evernote, Skype etc.

On the same day, Open Access Button was also launched by the Director of Open Access Nepal.This event dedicated to Open Access in Nepal was well received in the Open Communities of Nepal which has mostly concerned themselves with Open Data, Open Knowledge, and Open Source Software. A new set of the audience became aware of the philosophy of Open. This author believes the event was a success story.

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Software Freedom Day 2014 celebrated in Nepal

Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Spirit. In Nepal, FOSS Nepal Community began the celebration of  SFD since 2005. In the year 2007, 2008 and  2009, for three consecutive years, FOSS Nepal’s SFD celebration was recognized as the best SFD event in the world.

This year with the aim to bring all the open communities together to enrich Free and Open Source movement, FOSS Nepal Community, organized Software Freedom Day 2014 in Kathmandu. The venue was Trade Tower (Elite Hall), Thapathali, as usual, the date was 20th September 2014, the third Saturday of September. The way of celebration was completely different from the SFDs in the past years. 14 different open communities gathered at the same place to cherish freedom, this time.

Here goes the schedule of an Event.

Communities Like PHP Developers Nepal, Google Developer Group (GDG) Kathmandu, Robotic Association of Nepal (RAN), Wikipedia (Nepali), Mozilla Nepal, Open Street Map (OSM) Nepal, Open Knowledge Nepal, Ruby Developers Nepal, Google Business Group (GBG) Kathmandu, WordPress Nepal, Chitwanix and Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) Nepal was the celebrating partners of an event. The event was Supported by Nepal Government Department of Information Technology, Rooster Logic and Computer Association of Nepal (CAN).

As Per the schedule event was officially started by the host Ms. Shristi Baral and Mr. Rajan Kandel, not exactly in the same time according to schedule but 15 minute late because of some management issues. After giving an short introduction about Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community and Software Freedom Day 2014, they invited Mr. Sagar Chhetri, first presenter of an event, who was there to give presentation on Chitwanix OS.

Mr. Sagar Chhetri utilized his total 15 minutes by defining what is Chitwanix OS, Chitwanix Student Partners (CSP), Chitwanix Associate Program etc. He said that Chitwanix community is slowly growing and going to make big impact in the coming future. After his presentation about Chitwanix, event host called Mr. Saroj Dhakal to give a short talk on NepaliLinux & Nirvikalpa. Saroj Dhakal started his presentation form the question: How many of here know about NepaliLinux? And most of the hands inside the hall were raised because NepaliLinux was that first Linux based Nepali operating system which was developed with the help of Nepal Government and Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP). He said that Nepali Linux is going to reborn again and new version will be released soon. He also gave an short introduction about Nirvikalpa “Nirvikalpa is an collection of Open Source software which can be used at Microsoft Windows too”.

After Saroj Dhakal presentation on NepaliLinux and Nirvikalpa, Host of an event called Linux  Terminal Server Project (LTSP) Nepal Team for their introduction and presentation. LTSP project was lead by the students of Kathmandu University (KU) and all of them where an active member of their college open source community named Kathmandu University Open Source Community (KUOSC). Presenter shows their progress on LTSP and some images.

Now, It was a time for the presentation of Wikipedia (Nepali). Mr. Ganesh Poudel one of the active Wikimedians of Nepal was called on stage for the presentation. His presentation was like progress report and story sharing. He shares how Nepali Wikipedia community is growing day by day and he also gave an open invitation to all participant of Software Freedom Day 2014, to be volunteer of an Nepali Wikipedia and request everyone for the help.

Presentation session continues, after 15 minutes presentation of Nepali Wikipedia, Host called Mr. Nikesh Balami from Open Knowledge Nepal to give short introduction of Open Knowledge Community. Nikesh Balami topic was focused on Open Data and CKAN. “CKAN is a tool for making open data websites, It helps you manage and publish collections of data”. He also explain the future plans of Open Knowledge Nepal and shows different example website, which was made by using CKAN tools.

Host of an event called Mr. Nirab Pudasaini from Open Street Map (OSM) Nepal after Nikesh Balami presentation. Mr. Pudasaini define what is Open Street Map (OSM) at first and also define how student, company, researcher etc. can use OSM for their project. He explain how Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) is supporting Open Street Map (OSM) Nepal and he specially thanks student because most of the student where helping them for mapping. He shows his interest of taking Open Street Map (OSM) Nepal outside of Kathmandu valley.

Event was running in the cool way but everyone get shocked suddenly when the host called an team of PHP Developer Nepal because most of the participant were unknown about that group. The team started their presentation by defining how PHP language is helping to keep web secure.

Now, the turn was of Mozilla Nepal and representative of Mozilla, Mr. Surit Aryal was there for the presentation. He gave a presentation on the topic “Moz Stumbler” and “Mozilla Location Services”. He introduced what kinds of project it is and also make clear how public can get benefits from it.

Again, after the presentation of Mozilla Nepal, Mr. Sakin Shrestha representative of WordPress Nepal was called on the stage for the presentation. He shares how WordPress Nepal is getting global recognition and also discuss a little bit about Wordcamp Nepal. He says that number of WordPress users in Nepal is increasing and suggest participant to use WordPress CMS which is free and secure.

Turning and interesting point of the event came because it was a time of Ruby Developer Nepal presentation. Bunch of team was there wearing “I Love Ruby” t-shirt. The team gave an introductory presentation about what does Ruby Developer Nepal do, what kinds of programming language is Ruby, what are its important etc. Everyone inside the hall was listening their presentation because the way they present was very unique. They suggested different link for the visit.

After, Ruby presentation host of an event called Mr. Bhupal Sapkota from Google Developer Group (GDG) Kathmandu. Mr. Sapkota defines what kinds of event does GDG organized and how to join GDG group. He also called his teammates Mr. Saroj Dhakal on the stage again to give presentation about Google Business Group (GBG) Nepal. He shares GBG journey, How GBG was started and what kinds of platform is it.

Final presentation of event was about Open Hardware and Mr. Dipesh Kharel from Robotic Association of Nepal (RAN) was called on the stage to give a short talk on it. He first defines how robotic can help us, and also make clear why Robotic Association of Nepali (RAN) represent Open Hardware. He said that in Nepal it was really difficult to work on hardware but nowadays the people working on Open Hardware is increasing.

With that last presentation on Open Hardware both the host Mr. Rajan Kandel and Ms. Shristi Baral handover the MIC in the hand of President of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal community, Mr. Subir B. Pradhanang and says thanks to all participant for joining the event. Then Mr. Pradhanang introduced the Software Freedom Day 2014 organizing team (Only new faces) and thanks them for organizing such an wonderful event.

Then again he also handover the MIC to Mr. Hempla Shrestha for the Panel Discussion and Open Discussion. During the panel discussion everyone changes their sitting arrangement and made one big circle by using chairs. Everyone introduced themselves one by one at first round of the discussion. In the second round of the panel discussion community were asked to shared their view, What kinds of problem are they facing inside the community, what are their future planning etc.
At the last round of the Discussion Session, participant were asked to come up with new ideas, which they want to work in the coming future and must say that round was brilliant. Six participant present their ideas and other interested participant who like that ideas joins them. Hope they will be working till the last on the same ideas in the coming future.

Event was ended and everyone moved for the lunch.
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Mozilla Nepal Second Anniversary

From the date of 23rd June 2014, Avash Mulmi (Mozilla Reps from Nepal) started a discussion in an E-mail with the subject “About Second Anniversary and Fourth Community Meetup of Mozilla Nepal”. In that discussion, all others Mozillians form Nepal gave their feedback on that topic and we start planning for the event. Planning about the event runs for the month because all the mozillians was thinking of making the day special and unique. I was also quite interested from the beginning because on those kinds of event we will get an chance to meet many other awesome mozillinas from a different part of the country.

Then again on the date of 14th August 2014, I received another E-mail saying “Invitation for Nikesh Balami to participate in the Mozilla Nepal Second Anniversary Event”. That E-mail made me quite happy, I read the whole event plans and found it quite interesting and perfect.
On the mail I saw a point “The event will be mostly focused on three contribution areas”:
1. App Development (Web-based, targeted to Firefox OS)
2. Mozilla Webmaker
3. Localization of Firefox

Which made me quite confused while filling up a form because all of those contributions areas was my favorite but after thinking for a while I decided to choose Mozilla Webmaker (the easiest contribution area). Then I started counting the days, not only me I think all the mozillians from Nepal was waiting for that awesome day.

The venue for the event was SAP Falcha which is situated in Baneshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal and I must say that venue was quite far me cuz I need to change two buses to reach the venue. On the event day 26th August 2014, I reached the venue One hour late because of the traffic jam and sadly I missed the starting orientation and idea pitching program of the event. But right after I reached the venue I started shaking hands with all the mozillians for two minutes and I join my Webmaker team.

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We discuss the topics and List out all of them in one paper. Aman Routh (Mozillians from Birgunj, Nepal) suggested one very important topics for makes. He was thinking to make a popcorn video on How to use X-Ray Goggles. I also like that topic very much so, I share my views with him and he gave me permission to work on that topic.

Here is that Popcorn Video:

Along with that video, I work on other Three more topics of makes and here are the links of all those makes that I work:

1) Thimble make of “Mozilla Nepal Second Anniversary Invitation“: https://nikesh2.makes.org/thimble/ODkyMDEwNzUy/mozilla-nepal-second-anniversary

2) Thimble make of “Introduction to Mozilla Nepal“: https://nikesh2.makes.org/thimble/MTgxNDc1NzYzMg==/introduction-to-mozilla-nepal

3) Remix of Keep Clam Postcard: https://nikesh2.makes.org/thimble/LTEzNzI2NTEyNjQ=/mozilla-nepal

It was an Aman Routh Birthday on that day so, I also made one postcard for him: https://nikesh2.makes.org/thimble/LTE2NzQ5MDMyOTY=/happy-birthday-aman-routh

Working and Eating is always fun, Light snacks & drinks wwereprovided to us tthroughouta day. Working with the team and meeting all those awesome friends at one place was fun. I get chance to learn alot of things on that day.

and I think that made me #ProudMozillian thanks to #MozNp

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BOLD School of Entrepreneurship

Leadership and Entrepreneurship Incubator

On the date of 10th July 2014, I received an E-mail from Orhun Bozkurt, co-founder of Bold School of Entrepreneurship saying that I had been selected for Leadership and Entrepreneurship Incubator and call for an interview at King’s College on Saturday (12th July 2014). On the same day, I also received a phone call from Open Space Nepal saying the same information. Then I check the Facebook page of Open Space Nepal to see the LEI Shortlist for an interview and I saw that my time for an interview was at 14:00 PM.

Saturday (12th July 2014), I moved for an interview because I personally want to know more about Leadership and Entrepreneurship Incubator. My interview was taken by the Managing Director of Open Space Nepal, Mr. Asish Thakur, and co-founders of Bold School of Entrepreneurship, Mr. Aabhushan Khadka and Mr. Orhun Bozkurt. I must say that was a very short interview that I had given to my entire career. On the evening of the same day, I received a phone call from Open Space Nepal confirming that I had passed an interview and Now I can join an Incubator. Such a happiest moment of my life because I have been chosen for 324 applicants.

The opening ceremony of an event was organized on the date of 13th July 2014 at King’s college, where I got a chance to meet all others 23 BOLD Fellow 2014 and organizer team. LEI opening ceremony was really cool where we got an opportunity to dance in our own way to have fun and to decrease our nervousness. In that opening ceremony, both Open Space Nepal and BOLD School of Entrepreneurship introduce themselves, talk a little bit about their visions and told us kinds of training they are going to give us.

But the real fun starts in 14th July 2014 when they provide us an schedule for Leadership and Entrepreneurship Incubator, I must say it was awesome with really cool topics. On the same day, Orhun Bozkurt gave us a complete introduction to what is business and talk about Business Development Stage. He taught us about Ideation, Implementation and User Acquisition, three stage of Business Development.

In whole 20 days working time of an Incubator, we got an opportunity to gain new knowledge for different ideas of Nepal. Every single presenter where so much inspiring, all of them taught us how to tackle business problems, how new ideas came from, how to make those ideas big etc. Some presenters also share their real-life story to give us a confident. Everybody says that we always need to work hard and study more to get success. We should not get frustrated if we fail because Failure is the Key and they told us to think creative and different.

In between those bunch of awesome presenters I personally found Mr. Anil Chitrakar, so much inspiring. He is one of the hero social entrepreneurs of Nepal. He was with us on the date of 21 July 2014 to teach us about Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship. He also shares about his different social project which they are running at different parts of Nepal for social welfare. Those idea where so much innovative and the way they are tackling with different kinds of problems where awesome, which inspire me to do something about social welfare.

Along with learning new things we also work on our own ideas, In-between those busy schedule of Incubator we also got a chance to learn about Public Speaking, Pitch Development and Selling ideas. Which I think its one of the important parts of the business.

List of topics with Presenter name:

  • Introduction/ Business Development Stage
Mr. Orhun Bozkurt (BOLD School)
  • Failure is Key/ Creativity/ Self Analysis

 

  • Confidence
Mr. Amrit Agrawal (Sparrow SMS)

 

  • Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship
Mr. Anil Chitrakar (Social Entrepreneur)
  • Brainstorming New Ideas
Mr. Aabhusan Khadka (BOLD School)
  • Ideation
Mr. Narattom Aryal (Kings College)
  • Pitch Development/ Selling Ideas
Mr. Arniko Sigh (Singha Group)
  • Public Speaking
Mr. Upaul Majumdar (Hotel Annapurna Group)
  • Individual Time
Thinking and Preparing our own Idea
  • Individual Time
Pitching and Discussing that Idea
  • Shooting Holes
Finding the mistakes in that Idea
  • Individual Time
Correcting the mistake
  • Local-Ventures
Mr. Srikanth Srinivasamadhavan (Unilever Nepal Limited)
  • Cost Benefits Analysis/ Risk Management
Mr. Subin Shrestha (Alliance Insurance)
  • Market Research
Mr. Biswas Dhakal (F1soft International Pvt. Ltd.)
  • Human Resource Management
Mr. Rajiv Sharma (Jobs Dynamics Pvt. Ltd.)
  • Individual Time
Executive summary writing
  • Individual Time
Proposal writing and making complete business idea
  • Business Model Canvas
Ms. Shristi Mishra (The Storytellers)

Besides all this presenter Ms. Binita Baral, Actor by professional but currently doing Organic framing where also there to share her experiences and Mr. Ritesh Mardbani from the event organizing company “We Fear Silence”, also share his experiences. How he started a business from the small age, who gave him the confidence to start. By hearing their story we also get charged to start our own business.

I must say Leadership and Entrepreneurship Incubator had sharpened my knowledge and skills. Now I am confident enough to start my own business. Thank You so much Open Space Nepal and Bold School of Entrepreneurship for organizing the Incubator, it helps me lots and I think all my 23 friends had also taken complete advantages of it.

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Journey with OKFN Nepal which made me Data Geek

On 3rd March 2013, ANNFUS P.U Bagmati zone coordination committee organized one Tourism website competition program and I was there with my team representing Acme Engineering College on that program. The program was almost completed and all the guest, the chief guest left the venue but program organizer team told us to sit for some moment by saying that someone is coming to give a presentation about eToursim, Web, and Open Tourism. I think it was quite important for us, we decided to wait for some moment. After some times Ambassador of Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal Mr. Prakash Neupane (Famous ICT enthusiast of Nepal) enters the Venue, I was quite shocked because I have heard and followed him for a long time. It was a pleasure seeing him over there for the presentation and I personally fell that presentation quite helpful. While giving a presentation he keeps talking about Open, Open Data, Open Content, Open Tourism, everything about open. Although I was quite familiar with Open Source and Software Open Data and Content was a new topic for me. So, after coming home I start searching for it on the Internet and start learning about what is Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal but I was still very much confused about Open Data. I keep following Prakash Neupane in different events which he organized so, that I can ask for some idea on how to start. I was also quite interested in established Open Source Community in our college, I shared him my interest in establishing Open Source Community and He helps me to make all the plans on how to start. We also launched an Open Source Community in our college named Acme Open Source Community (AOSC) with his help.

All my confusion about Open Data was removed from the date of 14th June 2013 at Acme Engineering College during Inauguration ceremony of Acme Open Source Community (AOSC). At that day Prakash Neupane was there to give the presentation about the Introduction of OKFN Nepal, Open Data, Open Education and How to get-involved with OKFN Nepal. In that day I got a chance to collect all the Theoretical information regarding Open Data. After that day I start contacting Prakash Neupane and told him that I also want to get involved with OKFN Nepal Community.

And I must consider myself as a lucky guy because right after one month Prakash Neupane invited me in one event named City Spending Data Party 2014 which was held in the date of 19th – 21st July 2014 at GPF Building, Kamaladi. After attending that event I finally understand the real meaning of Open Data. On that Three days event, we work Two days in data and One day in project presentation. We work in the data of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Budget, We convert data form Pdf into CSV and did Visualization using open spending. We learn about Data Scraping, Data Visualization, Data Analysis. After that event, my interest in Open Data increased more and I start attending all the meetup and events organized by Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal.
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In between all those events, OKFN Nepal also organized one-night event named Mini Spending Party in the date of 28th September 2014, where Friedrich Lindenberg (@Pudo) was also there to teach us some new ways of working with data. He told us that working with data is easy and fun. All those inspiring words from Friedrich Lindenberg inspired me and gave me lots to confident to work on data. I starting involving with OKFN Nepal deeply and by seeing my contribution on Open Data Prakash Neupane & the team also started giving me some important responsibility of the Community. One online event named Open Election Data week which was organized in the date of 24th November to 30th November 2014 helps us to share our experience on how to work in the team. In that event, we work in constitution assembly election data of Nepal.

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The time started passing slowly and people working on Open Data also increased. So, we decided to launch one project named openspendingnepal.org to help all those people who are confused on how to work and where to keep the open data. In an openspendingnepal.org we can upload the budget data, visualized those data and share those data. We also create and Datahub for Nepal where we can upload and collect all kinds of Data. We launched it on the occasion of Open Data Day 2014 in the date of 22nd February 2014.

Again One day Prakash Neupane posted an important update on Facebook saying all of us to join it. It was one online Data Course link which was launched by Google named Making Sense of Data in April 2014 and After taking that course we gain all the technical details of Data and software used while working with Data.
To gain more knowledge and techniques we got an opportunity to attend Open Aid Data Bootcamp held in Radisson Conference Center, Kathmandu on the date 28th – 29th April 2014. That event was jointly organized by different National and International Open communities who are working in open data. Open Nepal, Open Aid Partnership, Development Gateway, Open Knowledge Foundation, International Center for Journalist and Young Innovations where the partners of the event so, we got an opportunity to increase our networking with many people.

Now Open Knowledge Foundation had become one huge community, many volunteers are working on different project. Some are doing Localization of different projects in the Nepali language, some are planning for event and training, some are running Datahub, Openspending, School of Data projects in Nepal.
My hobby of working on Open Data comes true only because of Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal and today I am one of the Data Geek in Nepal. Thanks to OKFN Nepal for creating and giving a such and beautiful platform for student to Learn and Work on Open Data, Open Content, Open Education etc.

Proud of OKFN Nepal Team

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[5 July 2014] WorldCup Fever: Moz-Futsal Camp

On the Date of 5th July 2014, Mozilla Nepal decided to organized one informal event. The event was not Hackathon, Maker Party, Apps Day etc but It was one Futsal Camp (mini indoor football). As per decided schedule, 9 Mozillians from different colleges gather in Lalitpur 5A Side Indoor Football Ground sharp at 02:30 PM.

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The Ground was already registered by the Event Co-ordinator Ashutosh Dhoj Joshi and the game was said to be started from 03:00 PM so, meanwhile in that free time we break down into Two Teams. A team of Ashutosh consists Five Players (Nootan Ghimire, Avash Mulmi, Srijan Bista, Shashi Khanal & Ashutosh Dhoj Joshi)  and the Team of Samar consists Four Players (Nikesh Balami, Surit Aryal, Manish Jung Thapa & Samar Dhwoj Acharya), After the Teams set-up Moz-Futsal Camp was started. We played football with lot’s of fun and Everyone of us was enjoying it’s so much. The game continues for one hour and Team Samar win the game with high margins of goals.

Score Card of the Game:

Team Samar: 30 Goals

Team Ashutosh: 18 Goals

and Its was Shashi Khanal birthday so, Before Leaving the Venue He and Avasz Mulmi gave us an Party :p, Once again want to wish Shashi “Many Many Happy Returns of the Day, Live Long”.

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[15 June 2014] DataHub Traning @ Internal Data Learning…

Internal Data Learning Session is a Weekly informal event where we meet every Sunday 05:00 to 07:00 PM (Changed Day and Time) for some new Discussion, Training, Workshop etc. Every week one of the members of OKFN Nepal community share their ideas to the new Participant of Internal Data Learning Session and motivate them to get engaged with the community, because of this reasons our community is getting bigger slowly and a lot of people are interested to work with us.

With the same idea and vision, We again gather at Smart Samaj, Kamaladi, Kathmandu in the date of 15 June 2014 and this time there where 15 people with us. In between those 15 people 9 were very new to our community so, we decided to give them Training of DataHub.

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There was a short introduction about the DataHub at first and then we discuss the importance of DataHub in Nepal, everyone gave their views. So, after a short introduction, we decide to add some municipality data of different place of Nepal in our Hub, Participant start searching for data but unfortunately, we didn’t find good data to upload. Then the plan was changed, we decide to upload data from data.opennepal.net, participant choose different categories of data and start uploading it at our DataHub.

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After working for one hour 9 participant uploaded 63 datasets at our DataHub, Which was really cool and fast. If you also want to add your data to our DataHub just go through http://datahub.io/organization/nepal.

Participant Name: Pukar Subedi, Firoj Ghimire, Shubham Ghimire, Srijan Bista, Milan Koirala, Surendra Gurung, Prantik Pokhrel, Mousam Sapkota, Ashutosh Dhoj Joshi

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Internal Data Learning Sessions 1st Saturday

On the latest meeting of Open Knowledge Foundation Network Nepal which was held on 13 March 2014 Kshitiz Khanal proposed a topic to run Internal Data Learning Sessions on different kinds of Data topics in every Saturday of the week and at the same day all the member of OKFN Nepal decided to start if from 22 March 2014.

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With the aim of learning something, new everyone gathers at GPF Building, Kamaladi, Nepal at sharp 4:00 PM and Kshitiz Khanal told everyone to see the course launched by Google at 18 March 2014 named “Making Sense of Data” at the starting.

That was really good course launched by Google where we can learn about different types of Data Classes, Data Types, Data Process, Data Structuring and Cleansing, Data Visualization, using Google Fusion Table etc.
So, at the very first day of Internal Data Learning Sessions we decided to go through the introduction of that course and all participant gain the knowledge about :

  • Data Process
  1. Prepare
  2. Analyse
  3. Apply
  • Google Fusion Tables
  • Data Types
  • Visualization and Cleansing by using Google Fusion Table.

At the ending of the day, everyone gives the Pre-Course Assessment found on the course Page and while leaving we discuss that Course, Assessment, Project etc.

According to the Announcements, the final project and assessment of the course will be released March 28, 2014. If you also want to join and learn more about the data, be there in the coming Saturday 29 March 2014.

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Open Data Day 2014 celebrated in Nepal

With the help of different Open Communities working under Open Philosophy like FOSS Nepal Community, Wikimedia Nepal, Mozilla Nepal, NOSK, Acme Open Source Community (AOSC) and Open Knowledge Foundation Network Nepal etc. Open Data Day 2014 starts from 11 AM on the date of 22nd February 2014 in GPF building, Kamaladi, Nepal. On that day Participants where taking part in Five different Program:

1) Open Spending Hackathon

2) Makers Party

3) Wiki School

4) Talks

5) Open Community Consortium

Open Spending Hackathon was organized by Open Knowledge Foundation Network Nepal and the team were working on the Budget of Kathmandu Metropolitician City. They were Visualizing the budget by using their own portal openspendingnepal.org which was going to be launched on the same day.

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Makers Party was organized by Mozilla Nepal with the aim to visualized Open Data using Mozilla Webmaker and Firefox Student Ambassador (FSA) was helping them to do that.

Wikimedia Nepal launched Wiki School on the same day. It is the place where one can take a week of free training and learn to edit and update Wikipedia in both Nepali and English language.

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Others participants who were not taking part in the Hackathon was attending Talks program.The entire open source activist was gathered together on the fine occasion with an aim to form a new community which can be a common umbrella for all those people who work for Open Source.

The major topic of discussion was:

1 What is our comfort contrast reflect Back/Feedback?

2 Who is doing What?

3. What is possible Collaboration Scenario?

4. What could have come Better?

5. Involvement in open Process/Community or Contribution

6. Our challenges and Future Plan.

At the Talk Program:

Ambassador of OKFN Nepal Prakash Neupane, Speak about the need of Open data in Nepal told:

“Government release different type of data every year. This is formality. Technically it should be platform Independent, Machine Readable, Published in soft form, Accessible, these all are components of Open Data. Various organizations like World Bank release data in open format, the recipient do not. When data is open, it is easy to interpret and manage. Various organizations under Open Government Partnership have made their data open”.

He also told,” Various organizations are working in Nepal to have open data in and Nepal Government has begun the work from MOF but there is a lot to do. Researchers, Students, and Other Scholars would be better if they are given the opportunity to work. Our organizations also should start to release data in open format.”

Prabin Gautam from FOSS Nepal Community told:

“Open source is all about Collaboration, lobbying, Development to promoting OS. There are different projects on GitHub and still, we are lagging to deliver our products. Although there are various initiatives from a personal level, we are building up the repository. FOSS Nepal Community is working on Standardizing and content.”

He added, Different Programming communities are working from their side; Meetups are sharing experience to make efforts easy. Hackathons conducted different events is one benefit. But still, there are things to work on so that the efforts bring a color. The different programming based community are working in their own way or own group but yet collaboration is necessary.

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Talking about GLAM Saroj Dhakal from Open GLAM (Gallery, Library, Archive, and Museum) told:

Culturally we come from close culture; therefore we are lacking Open GLAM. Government is not giving a lot of concern in this. We can do GLAM activities through Wikipedia, Commons, and other platforms. We can produce Quality and Quantity articles on GLAM. Our history can be documented through this. OKFN Started, Wikimedia Nepal has conducted Wiki Loves Monuments. We can do a lot but have to do a lot.

Open Hardware activist Sunoj told:

Ujjwal Shrestha begun open hardware concept in Nepal. We have not set a standard of Open Hardware; communities are collaboration to form this. Robotics Association is working in this. We are working in electronics now but there is lot of subjects. Open Source Hydro, Windmill etc exist there. This ecology will help our development a lot. Open Hardware Association an organization is working.

Makey added: An open source Hardware that interacts with a computer in a funny way. We have made a clone of it. The objective of its use in Education. e.g. it focuses on the concern of the kids. We’ve used apple as a tool that is connected to a pin. 2008 Barcamp there was a CD Drum.

Open Web expert from Mozilla Avash Mulmi told :

Web developed using open standard. Objective of open web is that it should be easily accessible to all. Coding, Publishing, Access are the three basic requirement of open Web, W3C, Mozilla. In Nepal, PHP, Flash, etc are shifted to open platforms. Open apps can be run in all browser. Google is in between, amazon and Facebook are in close almost all other webs are in open web. A lot of works have to be done.

Prabin Gautam told, “Most of the government sites are dependent on IE. to be worked in implementation and policy both in the government agencies.”. “ Concerned organizations should give documentation to the government to make a change. The government can work if there is pressure” told, Hempal Shrestha.

Arun Karki from NTV / Open Media told:

Collection and use of data, future of journalism, and publishing data in open format and easy access to the data is the concern of open media. What is hidden information in information? This should be clear. Election Commission published data but it was not an open format. Media face problem by data in close format. Data should be freely available.

He added: Realization and awareness building is necessary for media regarding open data. Policymakers should be familiar with technologies and situation as well. IT Device should be compulsory to the legislators. Realization, publicity, and use should be there. Open standard- Government should make a standard and Creative Commons should open a chapter in.

Open Community Consortium named OCCC: Open Community Collaboration Consultant was also founded in the Same Day after the discussion.

Hash Tag: #oc3np #occc #oc2c #occ2

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At the end of the day the Output of the Hackathon was shown and discuss, Open Knowledge Foundation Network Nepal Launched a budget portal named openspendingepal.org and Group photo was taken.

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Blog from the participant: http://www.neekes.com.np/data-visualization-web-maker-open-data-day-2014/

Video From participant: https://nikesh2.makes.org/popcorn/1s46

For More Photos: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Open_Data_Day_2014

Blog based on the Documentation of Shristi Baral