Last week we the team of Open Knowledge Nepal and Code for Nepal launched the first Beta version of Election Nepal Portal. It’s a crowdsourced open portal that brings all kind of Data related to Nepal’s Local Election together in Open and Visual Format. Election Nepal project will contain data forms various sources which are accumulated in the local election which is due on 31st of Baisakh, 2074 (14th May, 2017).
Today I this post, I wanna share how it all started and the awesome story behind it. Personally, I consider this as one of the cool examples of working openly. On 20th March 2017, I started this discussion of Twitter quoting “Let’s run an #LocalElection data camping for a month, visualizing data and publishing facts at the newspaper, who is with me, let’s discuss” and shared the same post on Facebook too.
Let’s run an #LocalElection data camping for a month, visualizing data and publishing facts at newspaper, who is with me, let’s discuss..
— Nikesh Balami (@nikeshbalami) March 20, 2017
The response was simply amazing, within 3 days more than 15 volunteers who were interested in contributing were already with us. Sad part none of them were girls and good part many of them were also new to me. Once again we failed in making the diverse team in terms of gender. But, that didn’t stop us, the process of asking email address for starting email thread started.
And from there we didn’t look back and we never met physically for discussion. Everything we did was completely online and collaborative. We made the best use of technology, using Slack for discussion and introduction, GitHub for code collaboration, Google Docs for content collaboration and Google Hangout for virtual discussion. Yes, try everything and this thing worked. I think 2 weeks were enough for us to partially complete everything with showable results. Project name, mockup discussion everything 🙂
All these things were possible because of the contribution of many on the same project. We used the partially open methodology for it and today there are people who contribute data, code and contents with regular feedbacks about improving it. There is still some question about making the project sustainable but we will constantly work on it and I am super proud of those open minded people who were part of this journey.
Let the world know, what we had built: http://electionnepal.org