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Collecting the information of Nepal Government diverse PublicBodies: PublicBodies Datathon

- March 8, 2016 in Data, datathon, db2map, Events, NGOs, odd16, ODDNepal, oddnp, Open Data, opendataday, publicbodies

[5th March 2016] Once again, like past years a bunch of open philosophy believers and lovers gathers for the fourth annual celebration of International Open Data Day 2016 in Nepal. This year Open Data Day was organized in 3 different places of Nepal and was lead by different communities. Open Knowledge Nepal in collaboration with FOSS Nepal Community and CSIT Association of Nepal, hosted a series of presentation and PublicBodies Datathon to celebrate the global celebration of openness in Nepal. The event was held in Nepal Engineers’ Association, Pulchowk, Lalitpur and was stated from 10:00 AM (NST). Event planning and details can be found from the event page.

Mr. Nikesh Balami, Open Government Data Team Lead of Open Knowledge Nepal started an event by welcoming and thanking all the participant for joining the event. He shared what open data day is and how it was celebrated in Nepal during past years. After having basic orientation of event schedule, the presentation session was started.

After making a bit change in the presentation schedule, Mr. Navin Khadka representing db2map was welcomed for the first presentation of a day. Mr. Navin shared about their product db2map and also share about their upcoming planning. Db2map helps normal people to visualize their data into the interactive map of Nepal, easily just by drag and drop method. He also shared about the past work which they had done and how it is making impacts.

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Right after the presentation of db2map, Mr. Shubham Ghimire, Volunteer of Open Knowledge Nepal was called on the stage for the presentation of NGOs in Nepal. NGOs in Nepal is the crowdsourced online directory of NGO’s with their location in map & contact information. Mr. Ghimire shared how the initiative was started after the April earthquake & how people and NGO’s both can be benefits from it. In the end of his presentation, he asked participant to contribute by submitting the information of the NGO’s, which they know and which are within their locality.

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Mr. Chandan Goopta, Co-Founder of The Opnio join the stage after the presentation of Mr. Shubham. Mr. Goopta was their to share information about the Android app project of Nepal Government lead by NITC. Which contains all the info related to the government main body and the plan of an app was to bridge the gap between citizen and government by taking the notices, decision etc made by government within public easily and efficiently. The name of an app was “NepGov Portal” and at the end of his talk, he also asked participants to be engaged with the project with their contribution.

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After that Mr. Nikesh Balami from OKN again joined the stage for his orientation presentation of PublicBodies Nepal. He first shared a little bit about the community “Open Knowledge Nepal” and then shared the whole concept of PublicBodies Nepal. How the data / information will be presented and how it will be collected etc. He also notify participant that all of them will be working for an data collection during the Datathon.

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Last but not the least, Their was an presentation from Mr. Saroj Dhakal, Consultant for Google and the active contributor of Nepali Wikipedia. He was their on the stage to share about the upcoming project named “Open Transits Nepal”. The aim of an project is to collect the data of all transits point used by Nepali Transportation and to release those data in Open Domain. So, that any one from all around the world can bring some innovative ideas from those data. After the presentation of Mr. Dhakal, formal presentation session was completed and the coffee break was started.

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During coffee break, the group division was made for an Datathon and right after the break Mr. Nikesh who is currently leading PublicBodies Nepal project, gave the orientation to participants and shared all the resources with them, which they required while collecting Data. Google form was used for an data collection and participant searched & goes through different government website for one to one data collection. The Datathon was followed by many small lunch and coffee breaks. While going through many websites for an information collection, participants also figure out different mistake and un-upated information in many government bodies websites, which highlights the topic for an discussion. Some participants contributed the information of an public bodies, which are around their locality. At the end of the day, more that 150+ information of Nepal Government diverse public bodies was collected by the participants.

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In the end of an event, Mr. Nikesh shows the basic design of an PublicBodies Nepal portal, which is still in the development phase and takes feedbacks from participants & formally ends the events by asking everyone for the group photo.

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Collecting the information of Nepal Government diverse PublicBodies: PublicBodies Datathon

- March 8, 2016 in Data, datathon, db2map, Events, NGOs, odd16, ODDNepal, oddnp, Open Data, opendataday, publicbodies

[5th March 2016] Once again, a bunch of open philosophy believers and lovers gathered for the fourth annual celebration of International Open Data Day 2016 in Nepal. This year Open Data Day was organized in three different places of Nepal and was lead by different communities. Open Knowledge Nepal in collaboration with FOSS Nepal Community and CSIT Association of Nepal, hosted a series of presentations and a PublicBodies Datathon to celebrate the global celebration of openness. The event was held in Nepal Engineers’ Association, Pulchowk, Lalitpur and started at 10 am (NST). Event planning and details can be found on the event page.

Mr. Nikesh Balami, Open Government Data Team Lead of Open Knowledge Nepal started by welcoming and thanking all the participants for joining the event. He explained what open data day is and how it has been celebrated in Nepal during the past few years.

After making a bit change in the presentation schedule, Mr. Navin Khadka representing db2map, was welcomed for the first presentation of a day. Mr. Navin described their product db2map and also shared details about their upcoming planning. Db2map helps people to visualize their data in the interactive map of Nepal, by using a simple  draging and droping method. He also shared work which they had completed in the past and how it is making an impact.

20160305_104207

Right after the presentation of db2map, Mr. Shubham Ghimire, Volunteer of Open Knowledge Nepal was called on the stage for the presentation of NGOs in Nepal. NGOs in Nepal is the crowdsourced online directory of NGO’s located in map with their contact information. Mr. Ghimire shared how the initiative was started after the April earthquake and how people and NGO’s both benefit from it. At the end of his presentation, he asked participants to contribute by submitting additional  information on NGO’s, which they know of within their locality.

20160305_111322

Mr. Chandan Goopta, Co-Founder of The Opnio joined the stage after the presentation of Mr. Shubham. Mr. Goopta  presented information about the Android app project of the Nepal Government lead by NITC. This app contains all the information related to the government administration. The idea behind the app is to bridge the gap between citizens and the government by taking the notices, decisions etc made by government accessible to the public. The name of an app was “NepGov Portal” and at the end of his talk, he also asked participants engaged with the project with their own contributions.

20160305_114230

After that Mr. Nikesh Balami from Open Knowledge again joined the stage for his orientation presentation of PublicBodies Nepal. He first presented a little bit about the community “Open Knowledge Nepal” and then shared the whole concept of PublicBodies Nepal, including how the data / information will be presented and how it will be collected. He also notified participants that all of them will be working together  on  data collection during the Datathon..

20160305_120047

Last but not the least, there was an presentation from Mr. Saroj Dhakal, Consultant for Google, and an active contributor to the Nepali Wikipedia. He presented on an upcoming project named “Open Transits Nepal”. The aim of this project is to collect the data of all transits point used by Nepali Transportation and to release those data in the Open Domain. So that anyone from all around the world can build innovative ideas around this data. After the presentation of Mr. Dhakal, the formal presentation session was completed and the coffee break started.

IMG_20160305_120827

During coffee break, the groups split into  the  Datathon session. Right after the break Mr. Nikesh who is currently leading PublicBodies Nepal project, briefed participants and shared all the resources with them, which they would need  while collecting data. A google form was used for data collection and participants searched and trawled different government websites for one to one data collection. The Datathon was followed by many small lunch and coffee breaks. While going through many websites for the information collection, participants also identified different mistakes and updated information in many government bodies websites, which highlights the topic for further discussion. Some participants contributed the information on local public bodies. At the end of the day, more that 150 information around Nepal Government diverse public bodies was collected by the participants.

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At the end of an event, Mr. Nikesh demonstrated the basic design of the PublicBodies Nepal portal, still in the development, and gathered feedbacks from participants.  The event was ended with a group photo. nd formally ends the event by asking everyone for the group photo.

20160305_154802

Collecting the information of Nepal Government diverse PublicBodies: PublicBodies Datathon

- March 8, 2016 in Data, datathon, db2map, Events, NGOs, odd16, ODDNepal, oddnp, Open Data, opendataday, publicbodies

[5th March 2016] Once again, a bunch of open philosophy believers and lovers gathered for the fourth annual celebration of International Open Data Day 2016 in Nepal. This year Open Data Day was organized in three different places of Nepal and was lead by different communities. Open Knowledge Nepal in collaboration with FOSS Nepal Community and CSIT Association of Nepal, hosted a series of presentations and a PublicBodies Datathon to celebrate the global celebration of openness. The event was held in Nepal Engineers’ Association, Pulchowk, Lalitpur and started at 10 am (NST). Event planning and details can be found on the event page.

Mr. Nikesh Balami, Open Government Data Team Lead of Open Knowledge Nepal started by welcoming and thanking all the participants for joining the event. He explained what open data day is and how it has been celebrated in Nepal during the past few years.

After making a bit change in the presentation schedule, Mr. Navin Khadka representing db2map, was welcomed for the first presentation of a day. Mr. Navin described their product db2map and also shared details about their upcoming planning. Db2map helps people to visualize their data in the interactive map of Nepal, by using a simple  draging and droping method. He also shared work which they had completed in the past and how it is making an impact.

20160305_104207

Right after the presentation of db2map, Mr. Shubham Ghimire, Volunteer of Open Knowledge Nepal was called on the stage for the presentation of NGOs in Nepal. NGOs in Nepal is the crowdsourced online directory of NGO’s located in map with their contact information. Mr. Ghimire shared how the initiative was started after the April earthquake and how people and NGO’s both benefit from it. At the end of his presentation, he asked participants to contribute by submitting additional  information on NGO’s, which they know of within their locality.

20160305_111322

Mr. Chandan Goopta, Co-Founder of The Opnio joined the stage after the presentation of Mr. Shubham. Mr. Goopta  presented information about the Android app project of the Nepal Government lead by NITC. This app contains all the information related to the government administration. The idea behind the app is to bridge the gap between citizens and the government by taking the notices, decisions etc made by government accessible to the public. The name of an app was “NepGov Portal” and at the end of his talk, he also asked participants engaged with the project with their own contributions.

20160305_114230

After that Mr. Nikesh Balami from Open Knowledge again joined the stage for his orientation presentation of PublicBodies Nepal. He first presented a little bit about the community “Open Knowledge Nepal” and then shared the whole concept of PublicBodies Nepal, including how the data / information will be presented and how it will be collected. He also notified participants that all of them will be working together  on  data collection during the Datathon..

20160305_120047

Last but not the least, there was an presentation from Mr. Saroj Dhakal, Consultant for Google, and an active contributor to the Nepali Wikipedia. He presented on an upcoming project named “Open Transits Nepal”. The aim of this project is to collect the data of all transits point used by Nepali Transportation and to release those data in the Open Domain. So that anyone from all around the world can build innovative ideas around this data. After the presentation of Mr. Dhakal, the formal presentation session was completed and the coffee break started.

IMG_20160305_120827

During coffee break, the groups split into  the  Datathon session. Right after the break Mr. Nikesh who is currently leading PublicBodies Nepal project, briefed participants and shared all the resources with them, which they would need  while collecting data. A google form was used for data collection and participants searched and trawled different government websites for one to one data collection. The Datathon was followed by many small lunch and coffee breaks. While going through many websites for the information collection, participants also identified different mistakes and updated information in many government bodies websites, which highlights the topic for further discussion. Some participants contributed the information on local public bodies. At the end of the day, more that 150 information around Nepal Government diverse public bodies was collected by the participants.

20160305_131012

At the end of an event, Mr. Nikesh demonstrated the basic design of the PublicBodies Nepal portal, still in the development, and gathered feedbacks from participants.  The event was ended with a group photo. nd formally ends the event by asking everyone for the group photo.

20160305_154802

Collecting the information of Nepal Government diverse PublicBodies: PublicBodies Datathon

- March 8, 2016 in Data, datathon, db2map, Events, NGOs, odd16, ODDNepal, oddnp, Open Data, opendataday, publicbodies

[5th March 2016] Once again, a bunch of open philosophy believers and lovers gathered for the fourth annual celebration of International Open Data Day 2016 in Nepal. This year Open Data Day was organized in three different places of Nepal and was lead by different communities. Open Knowledge Nepal in collaboration with FOSS Nepal Community and CSIT Association of Nepal, hosted a series of presentations and a PublicBodies Datathon to celebrate the global celebration of openness. The event was held in Nepal Engineers’ Association, Pulchowk, Lalitpur and started at 10 am (NST). Event planning and details can be found on the event page.

Mr. Nikesh Balami, Open Government Data Team Lead of Open Knowledge Nepal started by welcoming and thanking all the participants for joining the event. He explained what open data day is and how it has been celebrated in Nepal during the past few years.

After making a bit change in the presentation schedule, Mr. Navin Khadka representing db2map, was welcomed for the first presentation of a day. Mr. Navin described their product db2map and also shared details about their upcoming planning. Db2map helps people to visualize their data in the interactive map of Nepal, by using a simple  draging and droping method. He also shared work which they had completed in the past and how it is making an impact.

20160305_104207

Right after the presentation of db2map, Mr. Shubham Ghimire, Volunteer of Open Knowledge Nepal was called on the stage for the presentation of NGOs in Nepal. NGOs in Nepal is the crowdsourced online directory of NGO’s located in map with their contact information. Mr. Ghimire shared how the initiative was started after the April earthquake and how people and NGO’s both benefit from it. At the end of his presentation, he asked participants to contribute by submitting additional  information on NGO’s, which they know of within their locality.

20160305_111322

Mr. Chandan Goopta, Co-Founder of The Opnio joined the stage after the presentation of Mr. Shubham. Mr. Goopta  presented information about the Android app project of the Nepal Government lead by NITC. This app contains all the information related to the government administration. The idea behind the app is to bridge the gap between citizens and the government by taking the notices, decisions etc made by government accessible to the public. The name of an app was “NepGov Portal” and at the end of his talk, he also asked participants engaged with the project with their own contributions.

20160305_114230

After that Mr. Nikesh Balami from Open Knowledge again joined the stage for his orientation presentation of PublicBodies Nepal. He first presented a little bit about the community “Open Knowledge Nepal” and then shared the whole concept of PublicBodies Nepal, including how the data / information will be presented and how it will be collected. He also notified participants that all of them will be working together  on  data collection during the Datathon..

20160305_120047

Last but not the least, there was an presentation from Mr. Saroj Dhakal, Consultant for Google, and an active contributor to the Nepali Wikipedia. He presented on an upcoming project named “Open Transits Nepal”. The aim of this project is to collect the data of all transits point used by Nepali Transportation and to release those data in the Open Domain. So that anyone from all around the world can build innovative ideas around this data. After the presentation of Mr. Dhakal, the formal presentation session was completed and the coffee break started.

IMG_20160305_120827

During coffee break, the groups split into  the  Datathon session. Right after the break Mr. Nikesh who is currently leading PublicBodies Nepal project, briefed participants and shared all the resources with them, which they would need  while collecting data. A google form was used for data collection and participants searched and trawled different government websites for one to one data collection. The Datathon was followed by many small lunch and coffee breaks. While going through many websites for the information collection, participants also identified different mistakes and updated information in many government bodies websites, which highlights the topic for further discussion. Some participants contributed the information on local public bodies. At the end of the day, more that 150 information around Nepal Government diverse public bodies was collected by the participants.

20160305_131012

At the end of an event, Mr. Nikesh demonstrated the basic design of the PublicBodies Nepal portal, still in the development, and gathered feedbacks from participants.  The event was ended with a group photo. nd formally ends the event by asking everyone for the group photo.

20160305_154802

Collecting the information of Nepal Government diverse PublicBodies: PublicBodies Datathon

- March 8, 2016 in Data, datathon, db2map, Events, NGOs, odd16, ODDNepal, oddnp, Open Data, opendataday, publicbodies

[5th March 2016] Once again, a bunch of open philosophy believers and lovers gathered for the fourth annual celebration of International Open Data Day 2016 in Nepal. This year Open Data Day was organized in three different places of Nepal and was lead by different communities. Open Knowledge Nepal in collaboration with FOSS Nepal Community and CSIT Association of Nepal, hosted a series of presentations and a PublicBodies Datathon to celebrate the global celebration of openness. The event was held in Nepal Engineers’ Association, Pulchowk, Lalitpur and started at 10 am (NST). Event planning and details can be found on the event page.

Mr. Nikesh Balami, Open Government Data Team Lead of Open Knowledge Nepal started by welcoming and thanking all the participants for joining the event. He explained what open data day is and how it has been celebrated in Nepal during the past few years.

After making a bit change in the presentation schedule, Mr. Navin Khadka representing db2map, was welcomed for the first presentation of a day. Mr. Navin described their product db2map and also shared details about their upcoming planning. Db2map helps people to visualize their data in the interactive map of Nepal, by using a simple  draging and droping method. He also shared work which they had completed in the past and how it is making an impact.

20160305_104207

Right after the presentation of db2map, Mr. Shubham Ghimire, Volunteer of Open Knowledge Nepal was called on the stage for the presentation of NGOs in Nepal. NGOs in Nepal is the crowdsourced online directory of NGO’s located in map with their contact information. Mr. Ghimire shared how the initiative was started after the April earthquake and how people and NGO’s both benefit from it. At the end of his presentation, he asked participants to contribute by submitting additional  information on NGO’s, which they know of within their locality.

20160305_111322

Mr. Chandan Goopta, Co-Founder of The Opnio joined the stage after the presentation of Mr. Shubham. Mr. Goopta  presented information about the Android app project of the Nepal Government lead by NITC. This app contains all the information related to the government administration. The idea behind the app is to bridge the gap between citizens and the government by taking the notices, decisions etc made by government accessible to the public. The name of an app was “NepGov Portal” and at the end of his talk, he also asked participants engaged with the project with their own contributions.

20160305_114230

After that Mr. Nikesh Balami from Open Knowledge again joined the stage for his orientation presentation of PublicBodies Nepal. He first presented a little bit about the community “Open Knowledge Nepal” and then shared the whole concept of PublicBodies Nepal, including how the data / information will be presented and how it will be collected. He also notified participants that all of them will be working together  on  data collection during the Datathon..

20160305_120047

Last but not the least, there was an presentation from Mr. Saroj Dhakal, Consultant for Google, and an active contributor to the Nepali Wikipedia. He presented on an upcoming project named “Open Transits Nepal”. The aim of this project is to collect the data of all transits point used by Nepali Transportation and to release those data in the Open Domain. So that anyone from all around the world can build innovative ideas around this data. After the presentation of Mr. Dhakal, the formal presentation session was completed and the coffee break started.

IMG_20160305_120827

During coffee break, the groups split into  the  Datathon session. Right after the break Mr. Nikesh who is currently leading PublicBodies Nepal project, briefed participants and shared all the resources with them, which they would need  while collecting data. A google form was used for data collection and participants searched and trawled different government websites for one to one data collection. The Datathon was followed by many small lunch and coffee breaks. While going through many websites for the information collection, participants also identified different mistakes and updated information in many government bodies websites, which highlights the topic for further discussion. Some participants contributed the information on local public bodies. At the end of the day, more that 150 information around Nepal Government diverse public bodies was collected by the participants.

20160305_131012

At the end of an event, Mr. Nikesh demonstrated the basic design of the PublicBodies Nepal portal, still in the development, and gathered feedbacks from participants.  The event was ended with a group photo. nd formally ends the event by asking everyone for the group photo.

20160305_154802

Catch us if you Can: The #OpenData party moves to Calabar!

- October 28, 2014 in #OpenData Party, Events, Journalist, NGOs, Nigeria, Obudu Mountain Resort, Open Data, Open Data in Calabar

So what’s the fuss about this #Opendata party in the South South of Nigeria – It will be held in one of the cleanest city in AfricaCalabar, and will be hosted in a state that has the most comforting tourist attraction in West Africa – the Obudu Mountain Resort! If you think there is another like it in the region, please comment below ;) and one other thing about Calabar is the attributes to their women, and just for clarification – Calabar remains the capital city of Cross River State. Right on time at the popular Mirage Hotel on October 15, 2014 was the Open data party that had 15 participants from different NGOs, citizens and this time we had some government officials – thus making it interesting. Whenever you have these three groups locked on a round table – questions like: why didn’t you make the data available, why didn’t  you reply our FOIA, didn’t we make funding available for you to monitor, what happened to all the international aid you get, all come up, and as a facilitator – you are lost!
Break out session at the Open Data Party in Calabar

Break out session at the Open Data Party in Calabar

With my experience teaching data with NGOs, journalists and citizens, it is still clear that few of the practitioners know where even the little data available is hidden online. “It is appalling that we all here don’t know where the federal government budget is being published” affirmed Onoche Mokwunye. I get this answer often in all my sessions, which makes us conclude at times that the simple skill of finding data (secondary) itself and what their interest was in data, remains important. In trying to figure out what kind of data they were interested in 40% of the participants were interested in budget data of the country; 30% were interested in contract data  (in essence, the issue of money, and how it’s been used is important), while the remaining 30% was shared amongst election data, environmental data, infrastructure data, and transport data (which seems not to be available). Going forward did they really know where to find this data? KNOW! Well, it will be important to state that the Nigerian government has recently focused on some open data initiatives, even though it is not as if these portals make data available in machine readable format.
See what kind of data our participants were interested in

See what kind of data our participants were interested in

One may think, since we wouldn’t know where to find, or how to get the data, analyzing data might be a great challenge, of course NO! This group had great knowledge of diving into excel spreadsheets – maybe I knew only one way of handling some task before, now I learnt two more ways – that was the most interesting part of this data party! So what else, how do we present this datasets using several visualizations and infographic. “I have seen several colourful visualizations (online) that people in our communities cannot relate with, as such we still need to break it down in the language they will understand (offline) – maybe that’s an added task for us” explained Benny from AfterSchool Peer Mentoring Project When our Open Data party ends within 8 hours, participants are at times heartbroken! “Are we going to continue tomorrow, I seem to be an information and skill overload in a short time” – mentioned Ndoma Mayor in a phone call with me. Truly, does our party end in 8hours? What happens to the” party” behind Open data – we always rock the club, after all, we are in Calabar, where the female become goddess at night! And if you want to know where our next open data party will be happening: most definitely – Abuja, No thanks to Connected Development [CODE] and Indigo Trust UK flattr this!