Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings to all of the Open Knowledge family and friends!!  

The year 2017 was one of the best year for Open Knowledge Nepal. We started our journey by registering Open Knowledge Nepal as a non-profit organization under Nepal Government and as we start to reflect 2017, it has been “A Year to Remember“. We were able to achieve many things and we promise to continue our hard work to improve the State of Open Data in South Asia in 2018 also. 

Some of the key highlights of 2017 have been: 

Organizing Open Data Day 2017 

For the 5th time in a row, Open Knowledge Nepal team led the effort of organizing International Open Data Day at Pokhara, 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.  

Launching Election Nepal Portal  

On 13th April 2017 (31st Chaitra 2073), A day before Nepalese New Year 2074, we officially released the  Election Nepal Portal in collaboration with Code for Nepal and made it open for contribution. Election Nepal is a crowdsourced citizen engagement portal that include the Local Elections data, the portal will have three major focus areas; visualizations, datasets and twitter feeds. 

Contributing to Global Open Data Index  

In May 2nd, 2017 Open Knowledge International launched the 4th edition of Global Open Data Index (GODI), a global assessment of open government data publication. Nepal has been the part of this global assessment continuously for the four years with lots of ups and downs. We have been leading it since the very beginning. With 20% of openness, Nepal was ranked 69 in 2016 Global Open Data Index. Also, this year we helped Open Knowledge International by coordinating for South Asia region and for the first time, we were able to get contribution from Bhutan and Afghanistan. 

Launching Local Boundaries   

To help journalist and researchers to visualize the geographical data of Nepal in a map, we build Local Boundaries where we share the shapefile of Nepal federal structure and others. Local Boundaries bring the detailed geodata of administrative units or maps of all administrative boundary defined by Nepal Government in open and reusable format with free of cost. The local boundaries are available in two formats (TopoJSON and GeoJSON) and can be easily reused to map local authority data to OpenStreetMap, Google Map, Leaflet or MapBox interactively. 

Launching Open Data Handbook Nepali Version  

After the work of a year followed by a series of discussion and consultation, on 7 August 2017 Open Knowledge Nepal launched the first version of Nepali Open Data Handbook – An introductory guidebook used by governments and civil society organizations around the world as an introduction and blueprint for open data projects. The handbook was translated with the collaborative effort by volunteers and contributors.  Now the Nepali Handbook is available at: http://handbook.oknp.org 

Developing Open Data Curriculum and Open Data Manual  

To organize the open data awareness program in a structured format and to generate resources which can be further use by civil society and institution, Open Knowledge Nepal prepared an Open Data Curriculum and Open Data Manual. It contains basic aspects of open data like an introduction, importance, principles, application areas as well as the technical aspects of open data like extraction, cleaning, analysis, and visualization of data and works as a reference and recommended guide for university students, private sectors, and civil society. 

Running Open Data Awareness Program 

Open Data Awareness Program conducted in 11 colleges and 2 youth organization, reaching more than 335+ youths are first of its kind conducted in Nepal. The representatives of Open Knowledge Nepal visited 7 districts of Nepal with the Open Data Curriculum and the Open Data Manual to train youths about the importance and use of open data. 

Organizing Open Data Hackathon  

Open Data Hackathon was organized with the theme “Use data to solve local problems faced by Nepali citizens” at Yalamaya Kendra (Dhokaima Cafe), Patan Dhoka on November 25th, 2017. In hackathon, we brought students and youths from different background under the same roof to work collaboratively on different aspects of Open Data. 

Co-organizing Wiki Data-a-thon 

On 30th November 2017, we co-organized Wiki Data-a-thon with Wikimedians of Nepal at Nepal Connection, Thamel on the occasion of Global Legislative Openness Week (GLOW). Where we scrapped the data of last CA election and push those data in WikiData.  

 Supporting Asian Regional Meeting  

On 2nd and 3rd December 2017, we supported Open Access Nepal to organize Asian Regional Meeting on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data with the theme “Open in Action: Bridging the Information Divide“. Delegates were from different countries like USA, China, South Africa, India, Bangladesh, China, Nepal. We managed Nepali delegates and participants. 

 

We are looking forward to a prosperous New Year and will be publishing our plans of 2018 soon.