Tag: Open Knowledge Nepal

Open Data

Summer update of Open Knowledge Nepal

The last couple of months has been quite busy for the team of Open Knowledge Nepal with lots of projects, workshops and events. In this blog, we try to summarize all the activities which were conducted in the past couple of months as part of our quarterly update.

Empowering women

With the aim of strengthening and empowering women towards the Open Data Movement, In April we announced the 10 awesome Open Data Women Fellows. The women fellows have completed their training and one month’s placement at the respective host organization. They did lots of awesome works during the time of placement, and to inspire other women leaders we have started to publish the blog post covering their journey and experience. You can read the blog post written by the fellow from here.

Marking the presences

Our CEO, Nikesh Balami represented Open Knowledge Nepal at two different international events. He joined FOSSASIA Summit 2019, Singapore and 2019 Creative Commons Global Summit, Portugal to give a presentation on “Grassroot awareness and Impact of Civic Tech in Nepal“, where he highlighted how Open Knowledge Nepal conceptualizes the open data awareness campaign to reach diverse people all around Nepal. He also briefed shared about how the different kinds of civic tech project of Open Knowledge Nepal, like Open Data Nepal, Local Boundaries, AskNepal and more, have impacted the lives of many.

Enhancing capacity

On the occasion of the International Open Data Day 2019, we organized a day-long ‘Open Data Expedition in Dang’. The expedition has helped to empower the local youths of Dang district and many participants shared that this event was the first of its kind and these types of events are barely organized in their city. OKN was supported by the Data for Development in Nepal small grants program to mark open data day 2019.

As part of the follow up training of Open Data workshop organized by Data for Development program and facilitated by the representative of Open Data Institute (ODI), Shubham Ghimire and Sagar Ghimire of Open Knowledge Nepal hosted two half-day open data training program at Pokhara and Kathmandu to implement and share their learning with a broader audience. 

Exploring collaboration

To support the growing momentum of data, we recently committed to voluntarily contribute to the Nepal Data Literacy portal, developed by World Bank Nepal with support from DFID, to increase production and usage of data and statistics in Nepal. The portal consists of all the course materials, student workbooks and instruction notes used during the Nepal Data Literacy Program, which is designed to catalyze stronger data-driven decision-making by government and non-government actors (mass media, civil society, and academia) through targeted Data Literacy Workshop to help Nepal achieve its development goals. 

To know more about Open Knowledge Nepal and its activities, please visit their website.

Open Data Nepal

Making Nepal’s Data Accessible Online Perpetually through Crowdsourcing

Open Knowledge Nepal recently launched the beta version of Open Data Nepal – a crowdsourced open data portal with comprehensive features to make data related to Nepal accessible online perpetually in a central hub. The main objective is to make data available in machine-readable formats with open licenses so that anyone can use, reuse and redistribute these data following the open data philosophy.

Data nowadays is a very important factor in major decisions making process and the openness of data is one of the key characteristics to make government transparent, accountable and responsible. As the demand side of the data is increasing constantly but lack of a central data catalog makes the task of searching and using data more difficult. After working in Nepal for all these years, we realized that the main hindrance for the people willing to use data is that all the government data are shared in unstructured formats like PDFs, scanned images without any accessing information and are hard to find on the internet. On many occasions, we have frequently asked journalists, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, and students the problems they are facing while accessing and using the data of Nepal. Most of the points they have highlighted are similar as these data are scattered around the websites, shared in unstructured and non-machine readable formats, licensing condition are not included and the main thing is those data are not permanently available.

As one of the open data pioneers in Nepal, we wanted to address the problems efficiently by building a centralized platform where all the government data are available in machine-readable formats with open licenses and metadata. So, we launched the Open Data Nepal as a solution which can be used by researchers, data activists, students, developers and common citizens can benefit from it. They can use the portal to search, use, publish and analyze data without any restrictions.

It will encourage people to make innovative products and services by using these data and the chances of arising new data-driven entrepreneurial business and startups with innovative services will increases which will improve the welfare of individual consumers and citizens. These days government are seeking opportunities to engage with private sectors, civil societies and citizens for effective planning, decision making to achieve sustainable development through the use of data. The Open Data Nepal will be a great chance for collaboration as it complies with all the significant situation. Opening up a huge amount of data will help to improve transparency and accountability in government. Another benefit of crowdsourcing and openness is many minded principles as fixing is faster with open data. Many eyes make all bugs shallow, your data may be used and analyzed by someone else and if there are any mistakes it can be fixed faster.

The Open Data Nepal have a different kind of comprehensive features like:

Explore: Searching and finding dataset will be easy as there are many filtering techniques like categories, organizations, tags, formats, licenses.

Download: Datasets can be downloaded in machine-readable formats like CSV, TSV, JSON, XML.

Visualization: You can generate visualizations like a bar chart, line chart of every dataset so that the finding facts in the data will be easier. You can embed these visualizations on your websites.

Metadata: Metadata, meta description and data dictionary will help for a better understanding of the data.

Publish: You can publish your dataset easily by providing information and suitable open license.

Data API: Automatically generated APIs to allow for more sophisticated online querying and interaction with datasets.

 

As Martin Luther King said “I have a dream”, we also have a dream to see Nepal achieving sustainable development through the use of open data.

Open Knowledge Nepal is a non-profit civic tech organization working on the field of open data since 2013. For any kinds of suggestion, contribution and feedback please contact us at data@oknp.org or visit www.opendatanepal.com

Open Data Nepal

Beta version of Open Data Nepal – a portal…

As the demand side of the data is increasing constantly but lack of a central data catalog makes the task of searching and using data more difficult. Also, the structured and usable data are hard to find online. So, Open Knowledge Nepal launches the beta version of the Open Data Nepal on the occasion of the International Open Data Day 2018.

3rd March 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal

Public agencies and local government generate and publish an abundance of data publicly. But the main hindrance is that these data are not readily available and are in non-machine-readable formats like PDFs, images etc, scattered into the websites of different public agencies.

The Open Data Nepal aims to make Nepal’s data accessible online perpetually in a central hub. The data available in the portal is harvested and crowdsourced from different public agencies and international organizations who work under the government of Nepal. One of the main features includes converting these data into a machine-readable format like CSV, JSON, TSV etc along with metadata and meta description. The portal can be used by researchers, journalists, private agencies, students, developers and Nepali citizens to meet their data needs. The harvested data will be shared online which can be used, reused and redistributed by anyone from any corner of the world to build innovative products, without any technical restriction. It invites users to download, upload and browse required data using different filtering mechanisms like search by categories, meta tags, formats etc. The user can also generate visualizations of every dataset for a better understanding of data by providing suitable parameters.

Data nowadays is a very important factor in major decisions making process and the openness of data is one of the key characteristics to make government transparent, accountable and responsible. These days government are seeking opportunities to engage with private sectors, civil societies and citizens for effective planning, decision making to achieve sustainable development through the use of data. The Open Data Nepal will be a great chance for collaboration as it complies with all the significant situation. The portal is the initiative of Open Knowledge Nepal – a nonprofit organization comprised of openness aficionadas, mainly self-motivated youths, who believes that openness of data is powerful in order to have a participatory government with civil society, eventually leading to sustainable development.

Open Data Nepal will help everyone who is looking and searching data to build the innovative solution, research, journalism and various other reasons. For example, journalists who want to investigate the pattern of government spending on the field of education over the years or the entrepreneur who wants to make traffic system of Kathmandu valley easier by using a mobile app. It also makes government sectors transparent, accountable and responsible more than ever. By bringing all kinds of government data to a centralized hub, we can easily fulfill the increasing public demand of data.

To know more about the Open Data Nepal, please contact Open Knowledge Nepal at data@oknp.org or visit the website opendatanp.org for more information.

Open Access

ओपन नलेज नेपालद्वारा खुल्ला डाटा पुस्तिकाको पहिलो संस्करण प्रकाशित

ओपन नलेज नेपालद्वारा आयोजित “खुल्ला डाटा पुस्तिका” को प्रथम नेपाली संस्करण बिमोचन कार्यक्रम  २०७४ साल साउन २३ गतेका दिन मुड्स लंज त्रीपुरेश्वोरमा भब्य कार्यक्रमका बीच सम्पन्न गरियो।  उक्त कार्यक्रममा ओपेन डाटाको क्षेत्रमा  लाग्नुभएका विभिन्न व्यक्ति तथा संस्थाहरुको उल्लेखनीय सहभागिता थियो। कार्यक्रमा राष्ट्रिय सूचना आयोगका प्रमुख सूचना आयुक्त्त श्री कृष्णहरि बास्कोटा, काठमाडौँ लिभिंग ल्याब्सका कार्यकारी निर्देशक डा. नम राज बुढाथोकी र ओपेन नलेज नेपालका प्रमुख कार्यकारी अधिकृत निकेश बलामीको हातबाट विमोचन गरेर  सुसम्पन्न गरियो | यस पुस्तक सरकार, नागरिक समाज तथा खुल्ला डाटाको क्षेत्रमा काम गर्ने संघसंस्थाहरुले खुल्ला डाटा परियोजनाहरुको लागि परिचयात्मक पुस्तिकाको रुपमा प्रयोग गर्दछन् ।

खासगरी यस पुस्तकको मूल संस्करण अंग्रेजी भाषामा उपलब्ध छ । उक्त अंग्रेजी संस्करण ओपेन नलेज इन्टरनेसनल द्वारा लिखित तथा व्यवस्थित गरिएको छ । ओपेन नलेज इन्टरनेसनल एक गैर नाफामुखी संगठन हो जो समाजमा खुल्ला डाटाको महत्वमा केन्द्रित रहेर नागरिक समाज समूहहरूलाई डाटाको पहुँच र प्रयोग गरेर सामाजिक समस्या समाधान गर्न मद्दत गर्दछ । यो पुस्तिका चाईनिज, फ्रेन्च, जर्मन, स्पानिश, रसियन र अहिले नेपाली गरि १८ वटा भन्दा बढी भाषामा अनुवाद भइसकेको छ । सबै भाषामा अनुवादित पुस्तकहरु www.opendatahandbook.org वेबसाइटमा उपलब्ध छ ।

यस खुल्ला डाटा पुस्तिका नेपाली संस्करणमा खुल्ला लाइसेन्स, सूचनाको हक, अङ्ग्रेजि खुल्ला डाटा पुस्तिका र खुल्ला डाटामा आधारित विभिन्न नेपाली परियोजनाहरुको बारेमा समावेश गरिएको छ । यसकारण यो पुस्तिका सरकार, नागरिक समाज र पत्रकारहरुको लागि धेरै नै आवस्यक देखिन्छ ।

ओपेन नलेज नेपालका प्रमुख कार्यकारी अधिकृत निकेश बलामीले उक्त पुस्तिका  नीतिनिर्माणकर्ता, नेतृत्वकर्ता  लगायत सम्पूर्ण नागरिकले आफ्नै मात्री भाषामा  खुल्ला डाटाका बारेमा जान्न र बुझ्न सहयोग गर्ने कुरामा बिस्वस्त रहेको जानकारी गराउनुभयो । साथसाथै स्थानीय समाचार पत्रकारिता गर्ने व्यक्तिहरु जो  रिपोर्टको लागि डाटाको खुल्लापनमा निर्भर रहन्छन्  तथा  नागरिक समाज संगठनले गर्ने खुल्ला डाटा जागरुक कार्यक्रमको लागि पनि  उक्त पुस्तिका प्रयोग गर्न सकिने  कुरा अवगत  गराउनुभयो । अन्त्यमा  पुस्तिका अनुवाद गर्न, समिक्षा गर्न र आफ्नो अमुल्य प्रतिक्रिया दिएर  सहयोग गर्नुहुने सम्पूर्ण योगदानकर्तालाइ धन्यवाद दिनुभयो ।

त्यसैगरी राष्ट्रिय सूचना आयोगका प्रमुख सूचना आयुक्त श्री कृष्णहरि बास्कोटा ज्युले सरकारी कार्यालयहरुमा खुल्ला डाटाको महत्व बुझ्ने अधिकारीहरुको आवस्यकता रहेको जानकारी दिनुभयो । मन्तब्यको क्रममा उहाँले युवाहरुलाई  खुल्ला डाटाको  क्षेत्रमा योगदान गर्न प्रोत्साहन गर्नुभयो साथै  नेपाल सरकारद्वारा आफुसँग  भएको विभिन्न किसिमको  डाटाहरु खुल्ला गर्नका लागि भएको कामको  प्रगति बारे जानकारी गराउनुभयो ।  

काठमाडौँ लिभिंग ल्याब्सका कार्यकारी निर्देशक डा. नम राज बुढाथोकी ज्युले आफ्नो मन्तब्यको क्रममा डाटाको आपूर्ति र माग पक्ष बीच सन्तुलन हुनुपर्ने र यो समय सिर्जनाबाट प्रयोगको  चरणमा फड्को मार्नको लागि उपयुक्त समय भएको कुरामा प्रकाश पर्नुभयो । उहाले OpenStreetMap तथा घरेलू सर्वेक्षणको माध्यमबाट खुल्ला डाटा सिर्जना गरेको आफ्नो अनुभवहरु सहभागीहरु बीच राख्नुभयो । र अन्त्यमा खुल्ला डाटाको प्रयोग अहिलेको आवस्यकता भन्ने कुरा स्वीकार गर्दै आफ्नो मन्तब्य टुंगाउनुभयो ।

यस पुस्तकले बिशेष गरि खुल्ला डाटाको बिभिन विषय : नागरिक सशक्तिकरण, अवसरहरू सिर्जना र सामाजिक समस्या समाधान गर्ने जस्ता विषयमा सकारात्मक प्रभाव रहने कल्पना ओपेन नलेज नेपालले गर्दै आएको छ । उक्त बिषयमा केवल डाटाको पर्याप्त आपूर्तिले मात्र प्रभाव पार्न सकिदैन । जसकारण प्रकाशित भएको डाटाको प्रयोग बाट नवीनता, सहभागिता र पुन: उपयोगिता बनाउन आवश्यक पर्दछ, जसले डाटाको माग पक्षमा पनि बलियो र भरपर्दो भएको सुनिचित गर्दछ ।  

यो पुस्तिकाले सरकारी कर्मचारी र नेपाली जनतालाई आफ्नै मात्री भाषामा खुल्ला डाटाको बारेमा सजीलै बुझ्न मद्धत गर्दछ । यसो गर्नाले डाटाको आपूर्ति र माग पक्ष बीच एक संतुलित वातावरण सिर्जना गर्न मद्दत मिल्नेछ, जसले गर्दा  लामो समयसम्म पारदर्शिता, नागरिको  उत्तरदायित्व र संग्लग्नता लाई बढावा दिन साथै  व्यवस्थित गर्न मद्दत मिल्दछ।

Event Participant

यो खुल्ला डाटा पुस्तिका नेपाली सस्करणलाई ओपेन नलेज इन्टरनेसनल, काठमाडौँ लिविंग ल्याब्स, रूस्टर लजिक, पाथवे टेक्नोलोजी एन्ड सर्भिसेस, लोकल इन्टरभेनसन्स समूह र सिटिजेन क्याम्पेन फर राइट टु इन्फोरमेसन नेपालले समर्थन गरेको छ ।

AskNepal

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!!