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Amateur Nikesh, Amateur Journey: Looking Back 2016

Reflection is something that makes you emotional, at some point, you enjoy the taste of success and at some point, you almost cry remembering the journey you travel. Memories of old new friends make you feel sad and the enthusiasm of making your future bright push you harder to move forward. The year 2016 was one of the confused years for me, where I struggle to make a big decision, in the beginning, lost my Grandfather, planned something and did something else!! Here are some Ups and Downs of my journey of the year 2016, Where enthusiasm of junior was stronger than the pressure of senior, where people criticize me for my childish behaviors and at the same time some people support my never giving up attitude.

1) Joining Acme once again

A confused year and a totally confused decision made in 2015 and realized in 2016. Gaps, Bachelor Degree, Future, Friends and much more. Was Engineering my right decision, I doubt so but I am still confused. Let’s see how long I can go!!

2) Launching Nepal Open Data Index

The work of 2015 but was launched in January 2016, the result of crowdsourced open data survey done in 10 different districts of Nepal, which helps us to understand the condition of open data and technology in the local cities of Nepal.

3) Organizing International Open Data Day 2016

Officially the first event of the year, Yes once again we organize International Open Data Day in Kathmandu. This year we organize Datathon, where we collect the information of different Public Bodies of Nepal. Thanks go to awesome teams, supporters and well-wishers, with limited resources and time, we did something great that day.

4) Loosing Grandfather started drinking alcohol

One of the moments of 2016, which I never wanted to remember, yes never. Maybe that’s the reason why I started drinking alcohol, to forget that pain and memories. The pain of losing grandfather, the pain of being alone.

5) FOSS Nepal PoC and celebrating Software Freedom Day 2016

Working to shape the FOSS Nepal Community structure was another thing where I worked hard by bringing the concept of FOSS Nepal Person of Contact (PoC) but was unsuccessful at the end. Yes or Maybe, I don’t know but the Software Freedom Day 2016 celebration was a huge success. The preparation was good and execution was perfect, Kudos to the team, those new faces, and their enthusiasm. Ohh Gosh, I love them and miss them, they were awesome.

6) Working on Open Data Handbook Nepali Version

One of the 75% completed core project of Open Knowledge Nepal, where we work hard for translation, which isn’t really that much good but we did it. I personally work lots in writing so that we can do fundraising for that project, let’s see, we plan to launch that project in 2017 since the review of the handbook is still left.

7) Virtually marking Open Access Week 2016

For the third time in a row, I decided to mark the Nepal presence in Open Access Week. Since Open Access Week falls in festival season, it’s always challenging to celebrate it through physical events, my previous experience of organizing it says. But this year the plan was something different, We did QA with some know and active Open Access Activist of Nepal so we can gather the info about is the current situation and share it with others.

8) Joining Code for Nepal as AskNepal Initiative lead

I was always the secret well-wishers of Code for Nepal, the things which they are doing or trying to do is really awesome. In October 2016, I decided to join them as an AskNepal Lead. A project which I think is very impactful in the context of Nepal.

9) Receiving Shuttleworth Flash Grant

The highlight of the 2016 end, being nominated by the Founder of Open Knowledge Internation for Shuttleworth Flash Grant to recognize my contribution in the field of Open Knowledge and Data in Nepal. I was one of the grantees of Flash Grant.

10) Structuring Open Knowledge Nepal

Last planning of 2016 and first work in To-Do list of 2017, giving right structure to the work and projects of Open Knowledge Nepal. Lots of works are already done, planning is in the right stage, let’s see how well we can execute it in the year 2017.

2017 I am ready for you, Come on!!

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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/




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.




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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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



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:



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


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

For more images of Day 1st please go to the Link.

Day 2nd | 12th September 2014

For more images of Day 2nd please go to the Link.

Day 3rd | 13th September 2014

For more images of Day 3rd please go to the Link.

Day 4th | 14th September 2014

For more images of Day 4th please go to the Link.


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.


Data Visualization + Mozilla WebMaker @ Open Data Day…

Some of the Communities working under Open Philosophy (Specially FOSS Nepal Community, Wikimedia Nepal, Mozilla Nepal, NOSK, AOSC, OSAC and Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal) decided to celebrate Open Data Day 2014 at GPF Building, Kamaladi Kathmandu in the date of 22nd February 2014. I also decided to join that Event so, with some of my college friends, I moved towards the Venue early in the morning. At the venue, I made different members of different communities. I was quite hungry so I move towards the hotel first for the tea and after I came back from the hotel Ambassador of Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal, Prakash Neupane call us up at the meeting room and tell us what kinds of work we are going to do in Open Data Day 2014.

The different team decided to work on different kinds of a topic like Open Spending Hackathon, Makers Party, Wiki School e.t.c and some decided to join Talk program. I also make my team with one college friend named Suraj Bohara and decided to work on Data Visualization + Mozilla Webmaker because I was quite good with both of it.

Our team decide to work on Total number of Mountain data found in Nepal. So, I download the data from http://welcomenepal.com website in pdf format. Then We used software called Tabula to convert that pdf data into csv. After converting all those data we both filter that data step by step because we don’t want to make the mistake. We filter Mountain name and its Height and then I used https://datawrapper.de to visualized that data and the output comes something like this. Really Cool One!!

For More information, you can visit: http://cf.datawrapper.de/Xnc5M/2/

Now it was time to use Mozilla Webmaker and I think of making one Popcorn Video represent that Visualization but Then my friend suggest me to make one Thimble page too so, I make both of it. (Not that much good but I made it)

Popcorn Video Link: https://nikesh2.makes.org/popcorn/1rv0

Thimble Page Link: https://nikesh2.makes.org/thimble/total-number-of-peaks-opened-for-mountaineering


Journey with Mozilla Nepal Community


Working with FOSS Nepal Community was really cool but after hearing the name of Mozilla Nepal Community I was really socked. Different kinds of the question were running through my mind. It was all started from “Mozilla South Asian Meet-up Kathmandu 2013” during Open Data Day Hackathon 2013. At that event I got a chance to know about Mozilla from closely but the, more importantly, I got chance to know about Firefox OS on that event.


After attending that event is was interested to join Mozilla Community so, I started searching about Mozilla, Mozilla Nepal, Firefox OS etc. and after that, I collect the name of Reps from Nepal and different contributor of Mozilla from Nepal and start adding them at different kinds of Social Sites. That’s helped me to be connected with them more easily and at that time I came to know about Firefox Student Ambassador (FSA) program. Then I joined that program and create on Firefox Club at my College named “Acme Firefox“. After creating college club we decided to have one Orientation Program at our college and at the same time Mozilla Nepal Community did one Firefox Student Ambassador (FSA) Nepal Meetup-I which helps us to get communicate with others FSA from Nepal. We also did one Orientation Program at our college on 1st August 2013 and named it “Acme Mozilla Orientation”
Blog post: http://aoscacme.wordpress.com/about/ and


We also celebrate Mozilla Nepal Anniversary together with lots of Fun and Mozilla Nepal Meetup-III was the most memorable one because I think that Meetup was quite successful. I also got a Firefox Student Ambassador (FSA) badge at 17 December 2013.

Blog :http://www.neekes.com.np/mozilla-nepal-meet-up-iii/


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