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Dati e donne. Correlazioni pericolose e soffitti di cristallo

- May 20, 2018 in bologna, Cultura, donne, Events, geek girls, Open Data, opendataday

Lo scorso 3 marzo in una Bologna innevata per l’ennesima volta, alla vigilia delle elezioni politiche, a pochi giorni di distanza dalla marcia delle donne promossa dal movimento di Non una di meno e in occasione della giornata internazionale dedicata ai dati aperti, una comunità inedita ha promosso il primo di una serie di incontri […]

Dati e donne. Correlazioni pericolose e soffitti di cristallo

- May 20, 2018 in bologna, Cultura, donne, Events, geek girls, Open Data, opendataday

Lo scorso 3 marzo in una Bologna innevata per l’ennesima volta, alla vigilia delle elezioni politiche, a pochi giorni di distanza dalla marcia delle donne promossa dal movimento di Non una di meno e in occasione della giornata internazionale dedicata ai dati aperti, una comunità inedita ha promosso il primo di una serie di incontri […]

Dati e donne. Correlazioni pericolose e soffitti di cristallo

- May 20, 2018 in bologna, Cultura, donne, Events, geek girls, Open Data, opendataday

Lo scorso 3 marzo in una Bologna innevata per l’ennesima volta, alla vigilia delle elezioni politiche, a pochi giorni di distanza dalla marcia delle donne promossa dal movimento di Non una di meno e in occasione della giornata internazionale dedicata ai dati aperti, una comunità inedita ha promosso il primo di una serie di incontri […]

Open Data got to Paraguay to stay – Open Data Day 2017

- March 27, 2017 in budget, civic tech, Open Data, Open Data Day, Open Knowledge, opendataday

This blog is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2017. On Saturday 4 March, groups from around the world organised over 300 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. 44 events received additional support through the Open Knowledge International mini-grants scheme, funded by SPARC, the Open Contracting Program of Hivos, Article 19, Hewlett Foundation and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. This event was supported through the mini-grants scheme under the Follow Public Money theme. The original post was published Girolabs blog in Spanish and was translated by Oscar Montiel 

Open Data got to Paraguay to stay! This was proven in this year’s edition of Open Data Day which took place at the Loffice Terrace.

  The event brought together more than 40 people and friends of the data community, from Civil Society and Government. The event was organized by Girolabs, TEDIC, CIRD and SENATICs. We started with a small snack to warm up and then we continued with lightning talks and discussions.  

Maps and Open Data

  The first ones to speak were José Gonzalez and the creators of TOPA app. José introduced the Open Street Map (OSM) Paraguay community and how everyone can contribute to open data and this big repository of geodata. Then came the TOPA team, who introduced an app based on OSM to create a Traffic and Transport Information System; an integral, sustainable, collaborative platform where users, transit drivers and government offices collaborate to gather and process information about mobility, traffic and transport in real time, from crowdsourced and their own data.  

Open Data and Civil Society

  In this edition of #ODD17, civil society generated and presented relevant data for better transparency and control by the citizens.   This was the case of CIRD, who presented their project Ñañomoiru, where they try to make more transparent and improve the services provided by the Social Accion Secretary. This office’s goal is to improve the quality of life of people living in a state of poverty and vulnerability, providing easy access to nourishment, health and education, by increasing access to these basic services and strengthening relations to reduce intergenerational poverty. In another CIRD project, called “A quienes Elegimos”, they released their tools of authority monitoring and a data set of municipal authorities that they gathered. Techo presented their project Relevamiento de Asentamientos Informales (RAP) and their platform mapadeasentamientos.org.py which makes the data about life conditions of settlements in Asunción available as open data. Gabriela Gaona told us about her experience working in many apps based on open data and how citizens can request information through http://informacionpublica.paraguay.gov.py/.  

Where’s our money?

  One of the main subjects of the night was government data about public money. Federico Sosa, the director of Open Government in Paraguay showed the progress of the government’s open data.   Right now, everybody can monitor what is done with public money. All the data from the Tax Office about the budgeting, public debt and spending are available in their portal.

Let’s request data!

  To end the night, SENATICs, using Open Data Day as a platform, in the presence of Leticia Romero and the Minister David Campos, launched the Ideathon InnovandoPY challenge, where they want citizens to support government, companies and civil society organizations to know which data should be available. The challenge will be open until March 31, 2017. The SENATICs will provide mentorship to show participants how to open data.
This was a relaxed event but full of information, debate and sharing between people committed to transparency, innovation and citizen participation. We also gave people stickers and t-shirts from the event. We want to thank the Open Data Day organizers for the support and for making Paraguay visible in the map of open data communities.

Open Access and Open Data gaining momentum in Nepal

- March 13, 2017 in Events, nepal, ODD17, Open Access, Open Data, Open Map Data, Open Research, Open Science, opendataday

For the 5th time in a row, Open Knowledge Nepal team led the effort of organizing International Open Data Day in Nepal. This year it was a collaborative effort of Kathmandu Living Labs and Open Knowledge Nepal. It was also the first official out of Kathmandu Valley event of Open Knowledge Nepal. Organizations like Code for Nepal, Gandaki College of Engineering and Science and Open Access Nepal were the partners for the event. In Nepal, the event aims to served as a platform for bringing together open knowledge enthusiasts from different backgrounds, and support a series of collaborative events for enhancing knowledge and awareness about free and open source software, open data, open content, and various open knowledge technologies. There were 4 different major activities of the event: Presentation Session, Open Street Mapathon, Open Research Data Hackathon and Treasure Hunt.

The check in started around 10:30 AM (NPT), with the participants, slowly joining the venue and with some informal discussion having around and was formally started by Mr. Ashok Raj Parajuli, Vice-Principal of Gandaki College of Engineering and Science at 11:20 AM (NPT) by giving brief introduction of Open Data and why it is important for the country like Nepal. After him, Nikesh Balami from Open Knowledge Nepal gave an event orientation. He shared how Open Data Day was started and history of Open Data Day celebration at Nepal. After having a brief orientation about major activities, the presentation session was started.

Mr. Ashok Raj Parajuli starting the event

Gaurav Thapa from Kathmandu Living Labs was the first presenter of the event. He gave the presentation about Open Map Data and the concept of 2C (Secondary City) Pokhara. He also demonstrated the work done by Kathmandu Living Labs in Pokhara with the help of other organizations and asked participants to join them for contribution and collaboration. He also shares about the app “Prepare Pokhara”, an app which uses the data of OpenStreetMap with different kinds of filtering techniques, by using that app user can easily filter and navigate all kinds of important places and destination of Pokhara in Map.

Gaurav Thapa from Kathmandu Living Labs presenting about Open Map Data

After the presentation of Gaurav Thapa, Kshitiz Khanal representing Open Knowledge Nepal participated in presentation session, where he presented about Open Access, Open Science, and Open Research. He started from the basic introduction of OPEN and highlighted the condition of Open Access in Nepal. He also demonstrated, how Nepal government and others different bodies of Nepal government are creating Open Access barriers for users. He shared about Open Science Taxonomy and talks a little about the Open Science and Research practices in Nepal. He motivated the participants to read research article frequently so that we can make the best use of publicly funded research. His presentation can be accessed from here.

Kshitiz Khanal from Open Knowledge Nepal presenting about OA, OS and OR

There was a small break after the completion of Presentation Session and the rooms for Open Research Data Hackathon and Mapathon was divided after that break. Participants interested in joining Hackathon moved towards the Lab and those who were interested in Research Data Hackathon stayed in the same room.

Open Research Data Hackathon

Open Research Data Hackathon

Open Research Data Hackathon was facilitated by the team of Open Knowledge Nepal. Nikesh Balami from OKN started the hackathon by giving a short presentation about Data and demonstrating different kinds of tools they can use during Hackathon. After an orientation, the group was divided. There were 4 groups, who worked and brainstorm different kinds of ideas for the entire day. A group pitched a project twice, in the first pitch, they share the brainstormed idea and in the second pitch, they share about how they are doing that project, possible partners, challenges, and opportunity. The proposed idea of all 4 team was entirely different from each other, some work in Election Data and some work in using Machine learning to extract research data from users search queries. Some team worked in the use of data disaster prediction and some in Blood data.

It will be interesting to see the progress of their projects in coming days.

Mapathon

Mapathon

Mapathon was facilitated by the team of Kathmandu Living Labs. In Mapathon participants used satellite image to map Bardiya district of Nepal at OpenStreetMap, where participants got an opportunity to play with Open Map Data and OpenStreetMap. The team of KLL also led Treasure Hunt in-between to make Mapathon interesting and interactive, where participants went to the fields in the search of treasures which was hidden at different places by the KLL team. Participants used OpenStreetMap for this and enjoyed the activities so much. In fact, Mapathon was interactive where participant got hands-on training on how to contribute at OSM, did some contribution and also tried using it in their real life.

 

The whole event was closed at 04:30 PM by thanking participants and supporters. The promise of organizing this kind of International events outside of the main valley of Nepal was made by the representation of Open Knowledge Nepal and Kathmandu Living Labs. This year International Open Data Day 2017 was organized at four different places of Nepal. Two inside Kathmandu, one by YoungInnovation Pvt. Ltd. and one by Accountability Lab. In Pokhara, it was organized by Open Knowledge Nepal and Kathmandu Living Labs. Kathmandu University Open Source Community (KUOSC) also organized ODD first time in Kavre. This clearly shows that the momentum of Open Data is increasing in Nepal, which we (Civil Society Organization) can take it as a plus point.

Group photo and selfie ?

Event Page: https://oddnepal.github.io

More photos from our Facebook page here.

Open Access and Open Data gaining momentum in Nepal

- March 13, 2017 in Events, nepal, ODD17, Open Access, Open Data, Open Map Data, Open Research, Open Science, opendataday

For the 5th time in a row, Open Knowledge Nepal team led the effort of organizing International Open Data Day in Nepal. This year it was a collaborative effort of Kathmandu Living Labs and Open Knowledge Nepal. It was also the first official out of Kathmandu Valley event of Open Knowledge Nepal. Organizations like Code for Nepal, Gandaki College of Engineering and Science and Open Access Nepal were the partners for the event. In Nepal, the event aims to served as a platform for bringing together open knowledge enthusiasts from different backgrounds, and support a series of collaborative events for enhancing knowledge and awareness about free and open source software, open data, open content, and various open knowledge technologies. There were 4 different major activities of the event: Presentation Session, Open Street Mapathon, Open Research Data Hackathon and Treasure Hunt. The check in started around 10:30 AM (NPT), with the participants, slowly joining the venue and with some informal discussion having around and was formally started by Mr. Ashok Raj Parajuli, Vice-Principal of Gandaki College of Engineering and Science at 11:20 AM (NPT) by giving brief introduction of Open Data and why it is important for the country like Nepal. After him, Nikesh Balami from Open Knowledge Nepal gave an event orientation. He shared how Open Data Day was started and history of Open Data Day celebration at Nepal. After having a brief orientation about major activities, the presentation session was started.

Mr. Ashok Raj Parajuli starting the event

Gaurav Thapa from Kathmandu Living Labs was the first presenter of the event. He gave the presentation about Open Map Data and the concept of 2C (Secondary City) Pokhara. He also demonstrated the work done by Kathmandu Living Labs in Pokhara with the help of other organizations and asked participants to join them for contribution and collaboration. He also shares about the app “Prepare Pokhara”, an app which uses the data of OpenStreetMap with different kinds of filtering techniques, by using that app user can easily filter and navigate all kinds of important places and destination of Pokhara in Map.

Gaurav Thapa from Kathmandu Living Labs presenting about Open Map Data

After the presentation of Gaurav Thapa, Kshitiz Khanal representing Open Knowledge Nepal participated in presentation session, where he presented about Open Access, Open Science, and Open Research. He started from the basic introduction of OPEN and highlighted the condition of Open Access in Nepal. He also demonstrated, how Nepal government and others different bodies of Nepal government are creating Open Access barriers for users. He shared about Open Science Taxonomy and talks a little about the Open Science and Research practices in Nepal. He motivated the participants to read research article frequently so that we can make the best use of publicly funded research. His presentation can be accessed from here.

Kshitiz Khanal from Open Knowledge Nepal presenting about OA, OS and OR

There was a small break after the completion of Presentation Session and the rooms for Open Research Data Hackathon and Mapathon was divided after that break. Participants interested in joining Hackathon moved towards the Lab and those who were interested in Research Data Hackathon stayed in the same room. Open Research Data Hackathon

Open Research Data Hackathon

Open Research Data Hackathon was facilitated by the team of Open Knowledge Nepal. Nikesh Balami from OKN started the hackathon by giving a short presentation about Data and demonstrating different kinds of tools they can use during Hackathon. After an orientation, the group was divided. There were 4 groups, who worked and brainstorm different kinds of ideas for the entire day. A group pitched a project twice, in the first pitch, they share the brainstormed idea and in the second pitch, they share about how they are doing that project, possible partners, challenges, and opportunity. The proposed idea of all 4 team was entirely different from each other, some work in Election Data and some work in using Machine learning to extract research data from users search queries. Some team worked in the use of data disaster prediction and some in Blood data. It will be interesting to see the progress of their projects in coming days. Mapathon

Mapathon

Mapathon was facilitated by the team of Kathmandu Living Labs. In Mapathon participants used satellite image to map Bardiya district of Nepal at OpenStreetMap, where participants got an opportunity to play with Open Map Data and OpenStreetMap. The team of KLL also led Treasure Hunt in-between to make Mapathon interesting and interactive, where participants went to the fields in the search of treasures which was hidden at different places by the KLL team. Participants used OpenStreetMap for this and enjoyed the activities so much. In fact, Mapathon was interactive where participant got hands-on training on how to contribute at OSM, did some contribution and also tried using it in their real life.   The whole event was closed at 04:30 PM by thanking participants and supporters. The promise of organizing this kind of International events outside of the main valley of Nepal was made by the representation of Open Knowledge Nepal and Kathmandu Living Labs. This year International Open Data Day 2017 was organized at four different places of Nepal. Two inside Kathmandu, one by YoungInnovation Pvt. Ltd. and one by Accountability Lab. In Pokhara, it was organized by Open Knowledge Nepal and Kathmandu Living Labs. Kathmandu University Open Source Community (KUOSC) also organized ODD first time in Kavre. This clearly shows that the momentum of Open Data is increasing in Nepal, which we (Civil Society Organization) can take it as a plus point. Group photo and selfie ? Event Page: https://oddnepal.github.io More photos from our Facebook page here.

インターナショナル・オープンデータ・デイ2017開催地募集開始

- December 12, 2016 in Events, Featured, iodd2017, opendata, opendataday, OpenGovernment, インターナショナル・オープンデータデイ, オープンガバメント, オープンデータ

international-open-data-hackathon 既に一部でお知らせしておりますが、恒例となりましたインターナショナル・オープンデータ・デイ(IODD)の開催日程について、次回は2017/3/4(土)に正式決定しました。 前回(2016年)は国内では67か所の会場(都市)で約2266人の方々にご参加頂きました。世界全体でみても、日本は全参加都市の25%と、大きなプレゼンスを示しています。
iodd_participants 日本では「官民データ活用推進基本法案」がつい先日衆参両院を通過し、成立しました。これによりオープンデータの推進は法的な後ろ盾を得たことになります。世界の動きからも目を離せませんが、私たちOKJPとしては引き続き多方面よりオープンデータの推進を支援する活動を継続していきたいと考えています。 IODDはオープンデータについて、やりたい人がやりたいことを世界中でやるお祭りです。基本的に当日の計画や運営等は各地のみなさまに自主的に進めていただきます。つきましては本日よりIODD2016の国内開催地の募集を開始致します。下記参加登録フォームよりお申込みください。 【参加登録フォーム】 https://docs.google.com/a/georepublic.de/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdteZzgqGWnENJ8Wt8z_G_r_KrUyBaAhQbhV-naAvyuB-Kw8Q/viewform 登録内容は開催規模の把握や、主催者の方との直接連絡に利用させて頂きます。全体的な連絡事項等は主にfacebookの公開グループ「Open Data Day 主催者連絡用」にて行う予定ですのでそちらもご参照ください。 OKJPとしては前回は内閣府IT室のご協力を得て当日メディアセンターより情報発信致しましたが、次回のプランは未定です。決まりましたら改めてお知らせ致します。 それでは多数のみなさまのご参加をお待ちしております。Enjoy International OpenData Day! 【参考】前回の様子

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.

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