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Technology meets government: Digital Governance Hackathon being organized on…

Today was an exciting day because I got a chance to discuss the vision for a Digital Governance Hackathon being organized in Kathmandu on Feb 11-12.

As a member of Open Knowledge Nepal and representative of Code for Nepal, it was pretty interesting to meet the people behind the event and discuss ways to make the event successful.

As it turns out, the event is going to be one of the biggest hackathons in recent times in Nepal. But the real difference I found was that the event has a clear vision to sustain ongoing projects rather than start new ones. I’ve seen and started a lot of projects around open data and open governance in the last few years, and I know from experience that it is almost always easier and productive to support than start.

I had a good discussion over coffee with Punit Jajodia, founder of programiz.com. He is supporting the event by finding the best developers in Nepal to work on projects which span different verticals like Civic Engagement, Digital Accessibility, Journalism, Education and Financial Technology.

American Embassy, Hello Sarkar Nepal, National Federation of Disabled-Nepal(NFD-N), Federation of Nepali Journalists(FNJ), MaxConnect, chakrapath.com, Code For Nepal and Programiz are supporting the event and it will be interesting to see if the hackathon is able to make an impact on the digital governance scenario in Nepal.

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Thanks Shuttleworth Foundation for Shuttleworth Flash Grant

Good news never knocks the door, they just come in and surprise you. October 2016 was one of the awesome months for me, where good news keeps entering my room. October – a month full of festivals and holidays for most of the Nepalese, but for me, it was a month full of scheduled works and meetings. Where I make some important decision like applying for Accountability Lab Incubator and leading Code for Nepal project AskNepal initiative. But more importantly getting chosen as an South Asia coordinator for Global Open Data Index 2016 and being nominated for Shuttleworth Flash Grant 2016, was an highlighted news of an month which will be written in Bold letter but it shadowed some of my other achievement like receiving Statement of Accomplishment from Stanford Online and Open University, OpenLearn for completing MOOC. The updates of Open Access Week 2016 and Nepal Open Data Index 2016 also nearly got shadowed in front of that big news.

One of the news which was unplanned and amazed me was being nominated for Shuttleworth Flash Grant. I would like to thank all the team of Shuttleworth Foundation, special thanks to Rufus Pollock for nominating me and Prakash Neupane for mentoring plus helping me to move forward in this Open Knowledge Field. This fund will definitely play a huge role in my and Open Knowledge Nepal future.

I will be utilizing this fund to carve the future of Open Knowledge in Nepal. Most of the percent of this fund will be utilized for the development and deployment of Open Knowledge Nepal important project MyLocalBudgets and Open Data Handbook Nepali version.

MyLocalBudgets is a portal run by the team of Open Knowledge Nepal which tracks down Nepal Government data related to the financial transaction like budgets, spending, balance sheets, procurement etc and publish them in an interactively visualized way, which are easily understandable, customizable and usable from anywhere without any kinds of restriction.

Open Data Handbook Nepali version is the localization of Global Open Data Handbook. The Nepali version of this handbook will include content from Global Open Data Handbook, including Licensing terms from Open Definition. We believe this Open Data Handbook Nepali Version will help Government policy makers, leaders, and common citizens to understand about Data in their Native language easily and CSO can take their awareness program in next level by using the resources.

 

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I am pretty sure this project will help us to improve the condition and understanding of Open Data and Open Budgets in Nepal. But, we still have a long way to travel and the plan is to keep traveling. At the end, I would like to thanks, everyone who was part of this journey directly and indirectly.

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Global Open Data Index 2015 is live now –…

Open Knowledge International has published the Global Open Data Index 2015, showing that countries outside of Europe, the US & Canada have made some impressive gains in releasing key data. However, progress remains slow for most governments, who are still not providing key information in an accessible formats to be used, without restriction, by their citizens, civil societies, journalists and businesses.

 

The Global Open Data Index is the result of civil society collaboration to track the state of open data in countries and places around the world. This tool is used by some governments to set their open data priorities, and by civil society actors as an advocacy mechanism to encourage governments to improve their performance in releasing key datasets. The Index ranks countries based on the availability and accessibility of data in thirteen key categories, including government spending, election results, procurement, and pollution levels. We held a public consultation which saw contributions from individuals within the open data community as well as from key civil society organisations across an array of sectors. As a result of this, we expanded the 2015 Index to include procurement data, water quality data, land ownership data and weather data; we also removed transport timetables due to the difficulties faced when comparing transport system data globally.

 

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Last year in 2014 index our country Nepal was ranked #63 but this year we had made some improvements on our ranking. We are ranked #61 this year with 30% open percentage. This result show that our government is still running far behind in comparison with others country.

 

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Please find more information from index page and you can check details about Nepal ranking from Index page of Nepal.

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In memory of Michael Bauer

Reblogged from School of Data Blog, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike v3.0 License

 

“It was with great sadness that we learned last week that we had lost one of our greats. Michael Bauer passed away suddenly on 13th September 2015 while running the Wachau half marathon. In this post, the School of Data team (both past and present) remember what he gave to the project, and our favourite moments from working with him.”

 

Michael joined School of Data as one of the first team members in 2012 and worked on the project up until October 2014. In this time, he trained and helped hundreds of activists from across the world and built an amazing community of likeminded people – a community which is now thriving, in large part due to the contributions and skills that Michael gave.

 

His extraordinary intelligence and skills gave School of Data an “edge”; for him, anything done on the project had to be both educational and fun, else there was no point in doing it. He taught all of us personally a huge amount about what it means to be a ‘data trainer’. He was a great colleague, and an even better friend.

 

The School of Data team is largely remote – we work from wherever we like and connect with each other online. This means we don’t see each other so often and most of our contact is done via emails, online meetings or, as usually was the case with Michael, Skype chats from airport lounges…

 

Playing ‘Where is Michael?’ was always a fun game.

Playing ‘Where is Michael?’ was always a fun game.

 

It also means that when we do meet in person, the time is precious. We travelled together across the world – and wow, did Michael travel. He was always up for spontaneous trips (sometimes with as little as twelve hours notice before intercontinental travel), for throwing himself into getting to know new communities, to spend nights dancing even with early starts due the next day. Colourful both in personality and turnout, we will always remember Michael in his shiny cape at Mozfest when we ran our first ever data expedition – our Data Diva.

 

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People genuinely never forgot Michael – he was charismatic and commanded people’s attention. He managed to understand data and people, and he could inspire every single person he met, no matter how many were in the workshop. He was a true polymath, too – he went from medical doctor, to academic, to data trainer/coder, to a journalist – and all before the age of 35.

 

To us, Michael was intelligent, always ready to help people, honest (sometimes painfully), funny and, as all the best people are, wonderfully awkward. Most of all, he was generous with his time, humble, and thoughtful. He managed to foster an environment where anyone could ask him a question, or for help on building something – and he would answer without any fuss, and with contagious enthusiasm.

 

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As a key architect of many of School of Data’s workshop styles, particularly Data Clinics and Data Expeditions, his legacy lives on through the character sheets he made just 10 minutes before the first expedition started, and in many of the materials the community use today

 

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When he moved on to derStandard.at, we were torn between happiness for him – that he was starting a new stage in his life – and sadness, that he was leaving our team. He was so excited about it though: finally, he would “stop talking about data journalism and start doing it.”

 

As a leaving gift, we made him this video to show him how much we appreciated him. Watch it from YouTube.

 

We “the Team of Open Knowledge Nepal” met him during his visit at Nepal for “Open Aid Data Bootcamp 2014 Nepal”. Bedside being an awesome Data Diva, he was a really good Human Being. May his soul rest in peace. Here are some photos from his Nepal visit:

 

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Open Standards Seminar on the Occasion of Document Freedom…

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

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

Event Day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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