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.
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.