Freedom Forum, in collaboration with YoungInnovations, organized the data literacy training to journalists on Dec 2013. YoungInnovations team conducted the hands-on trainings to 7 journalists from various print and online media. The media personnels found the training very useful and left us with encouraging feedbacks. The training was more of an introduction to data and basic analysis and was completed in two and half hours.
Many of us in Nepal, mostly urbanites, don't know our constituency. It's a pity, but understandable. There's no easily available data. Election Commission (EC) of Nepal doesn't seem to have ‘easy to find information.’ Even if you manage to find those information, those will be in pdf format.
Open Nepal organized a series of half-day workshops titled Open Nepal stakeholder workshops – How Can Open Nepal Help You? on 25th and 26th Septemberfor different stakeholder groups including media, civil society organizations and technologists each on separate hours.
Opendata Mini Hackathon on Election was indeed a mini one with around 20 participants and 5 projects on Election data. The hackathon projects made use of available dataset in the election website. There were very few data in the site and those listed were also in pdfs, and in different kind of encoding. One of the interesting datasets is on Election Results of CA Election 2064 http://www.election.gov.np/reports/CAResults/reportBody.php.
To raise awareness on Open Data in Nepal and create an ecosystem to make those data more accessible to information intermediaries and subsequently to citizens, Open Nepal Week commenced on 2nd June, 2013 in Kathmandu with a series of events organized by Open Nepal partners – Freedom Forum, Young Innovations, the NGO Federation of Nepal and the aidinfo programme at Development Initiatives with support from Open Aid Partnership.
How do you choose the best from the best? I am sure judges had really hard time to select the best ones from the pool of 19 unique projects. However there has to be the winners at the end. The first prize of OpenNepal Hackathon of Rs. 30000 went to "Aid Flow Data Analysis and Visualization" which visualizes the aid data in the world map, showing the flow of money from donors to recipient countries. Similarly Bloodplus bagged the second award with cash prize of Rs. 20000.
While advocating about the concept of open data and its usefulness, it is also important to know the demand of data of the specific region. The kind of data that people from various sectors are looking for needs to be identified. Therefore, to understand the level of awareness about open data and the demand of data in Nepal, we conducted a survey during the Open Data Day. Out of 56 participants of the survey, there were 35 students and 21 professionals working in various sectors.