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.
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.
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