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Education Freedom Day celebrated in Nepal

With the vision to empower all people to freely connect, create and share in a digital world that is participatory, transparent, and sustainable, for the first time Education Freedom Day has celebrated on 18th Jan 2014. It was decided in 2013 to celebrate this day from the same organizations, who has been celebrating Software Freedom Day. The major objective to educating the educators, librarians, students about the benefits of making and sharing the open knowledge and the tools already in place to achieve that objectives. We in Nepal had started to celebrate this day with the joint effort from Open Communities like FOSS Nepal Community, Mozilla Nepal, Wikimedia Nepal, VTS and GPF Nepal.

DSC_0037The program was hosted in GPF Premises in Kamaladi. Start from 11 AM, It was networking sessions where the people/communities has time to knowing each others, sharing cards, making connections. There were some stalls of communities like FOSS Nepal Communities, VTS, Mozilla Nepal and Wikimedia Nepal.

After 1 hour, Everyone entered to seminar hall, where we were suppose to present 3 topics in 1 hour. Prakash Neupane started the program with the objective of Education Freedom Day.

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Prabin Gautam from FOSS Nepal Community also working as the lecturer in Kathmandu University was there for presenting FOSS for Education. He showed the example of open source software that educational institution can use.

 Ganesh Poudel, from Nepali Wikimedia Community shows how professors and teachers can use wikipedia in class. He shows some case study of it. He explain about pilot program of Wikimedia Education Program in Nepal.

 Martin Dluhos from Czech Republic, who is currently volunteer on OLE Nepal for OPLC program, and working in Free Software Foundation on past One Laptop Per Child : Universal Educational FOSS Platform, He presented the overview of OLPC, vision and demonstration of it.

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Around 50 people actively participated this event. Probably the first event in 2014 where all the open knowledge activist gather up for mission. 

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Interaction with CSIT Girls: Empowering Girls through ICT

Gender issue is the one of the most critical and prioritize issues happening in this age. Different strategy, policy and actions has been implemented in order to eliminate and empower Gender Equality. Being an Social ICT Activist, I feel ICT could be the best weapon to tackle with and get the best result. ICT will help the Girls in 3 dimension : Education, Empowerment and Employment. Smart Samaj Foundation is coming with this idea on very starting of 2014. Before it, We tried to understand the current problems and issues in different ways. Last time we organized interaction program with 26 ICT studying girls. The program was also marked the 16th day of activism for Violence against Women.

girlsinictThe program had 2 dimension, first to motivate them for social change and understand their perspective over it and second to teach them some technical skill/knowledge. In program, I prepare them by giving group work to find out more about the Powerful Women Leaders in ICT World, where each two of them have to work together to find out more about her, and need to share to all. It was the way to make them comfortable to talk about the reality….We say it is the icebreaker session.

On the base of their very personal thinking I have found following things:

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From above illustration we found : Most of the girls were interested in Technical Skill sharing/learning and then inspirational/empowerment activities. They think ICT course will help them to acquire global and international job and also believe their education could help for revolutionary and social development. But the interesting things is some of them are still confused with the decision of taking this course and very few are sure they will get their aim. When we asked them what is the major problem/obstacle that they are facing today. 45% were saying lack of professional learning environment, 27% think lack of useful curriculum and other think lack of learning environment in college.

When we ask them Why Girls are less interesting in ICT in Developing Country comparatively? Most of them were not agree on this point, they said most girls are interesting but due to lack of information, support and some time the environment created by our society

In the second part of program, We teach them Webmaker tools and make them work on Thimble. As they already had the knowledge of html and css, they understood quickly. Some of their work are snapped here…..

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Thanks Shuttleworth Foundation for fellowship

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When I got an email stated that I have been nominated by Rufus Pollock to receive a Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant in support of my work on open knowledge in Nepal, I was totally astonished. It was like beyond the expectation and also the first time getting support for my work. It make me thinking for a long, what should I do next. I was doing lot of things in Nepal to support and promote open knowledge but I though this is the golden opportunity for me to do some thing special, and make real impact. After then I talked to few experts about my ideas and finally but lately I came to conclusion with an idea to implement the Right of Citizen of Nepal, guaranteed by Government of Nepal. I named it “mero RTI

Most of the countries, Government has protected the Right to Information of their citizen. In Nepal, Government has also consider it through the ACT called Right to Information Act, 2064 (2007 ) (https://www.google.com.np/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.moic.gov.np%2Facts-regulations%2Fright-to-information-act.pdf&ei=JZGIUuitKI2FrgeJ64HgDQ&usg=AFQjCNFmgNGLNwFJhMM3cPVKvebjDPap3g&bvm=bv.56643336,d.bmk) . But the implementation is still very traditional and not well known status of it‘s progress. The idea of meroRTI is to facilitate this act using technology and monitoring the accountability and responsibility of government and civil servant over citizen’s right . This will help the people to find the information they need from Nepali Government, Political Parties, NGO, and other charities organizations who run from the citizen’s money and support. The person who want information will simply make the question to specific department or office, where we help to connect the responsible person to connect with that question. So that he/she can provide information.

The name meroRTI itself express it’s connotation “which means My Right to Information”.Well, this project will be online, so it help lot of people to find out the information very easily and due to the archive of information no need to spend time to ask the same question, even the government office don’t need to replicate/response for same things. This project concept is very similar with https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/. You choose the public authority that you would like information from, then write a brief note describing what you want to know. We will be the liaison to play the connecting role where we will send your request to the respectivepublic authority or officer. Any response received is automatically published on the website for you and anyone else to find and read.

As We can see this project need multi-stakeholder approach ranging from technical organization, CSO working on Right to Information domain, media and government , so this project will be the joint share by Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal and some other strong organization working on Right To Information in Nepal (preliminary discussion with Freedom Forum and further scheduling with Accountability Lab). Where Open Knowledge Foundation take the responsibility of technicality and other organizations will take the charge for operational role.

I am going to use this grant very effectively for this project preparation, I will do research/study, mapping and cooperation with other organizations to make the favorable situation to implement this project. I am sure we will have better situation for People’s RTI in Nepal. I have to go though a long way …. right now only i can say thanks Shuttleworth Foundation for fellowship ….

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Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 in South Asia

Transparency International launched Corruption Perception Index of 2013 among 177 countries. The index scale from 0 [extremely corrupted] to 100 [very clean], and interesting none of country has achieved 100% and result stated majority of countries has scored less than 50. Most of the European countries has good position and top score (91) is also hold by Denmark and New Zealand . Mostly the low score has occurred by Asian and African Countries: Somalia, Afghanistan and North Korea are the lowest scorer with value of 8 in 177 Countries.

Here I am going to more focus on the situation of South Asia, unfortunately Maldives isn’t in list and We already knew Afghanistan’s situation is worst, beside it we will try to explore more about Bangladesh, Bhutwan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
Here is the Ranking position of these countries:

Rank Country Score
1 Bhutan 63
2 Sri Lanka 37
3 India 36
4 Nepal 31
5 Pakistan 28
6 Bangladesh 27
7 Afghanistan 8

 

You may wonder to know, who has progressed much. Here is the data table:

Country 2013 Score 2012 SCORE Difference
Bhutan 63 63 0
Sri Lanka 37 40 -3
India 36 36 0
Nepal 31 27 4
Pakistan 28 27 1
Bangladesh 27 26 1
Afghanistan 8 8 0

If we checked the status of Nepal from 2009 to current, it seems Nepal has done some progress these years. 2010 and 2011 seems persistently poor.

The Next step toward being clean for Nepal should be comes from opening all the gates from government to their citizens to know what is happening. They should respect the right of people and should be more proactive information provider. Being Civil Society, Our mission will be make our Government to think about the “Open By Default” and prepare Nepal for Open Government Partnership.

Announcing Open Election Data Week in Nepal

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In Nepal, CA election result is coming on. very unexpected result has seen, Everyone is observing the things happening here. People are starting to predict the outcomes of new constitution While the time, we have decided to organize full week election data activities, where we can present the result in more better way, so more people can understand it.
Open Election Data Week is happening from 24th Nov to 30th. This is only online event, so you can contribute from anywhere so matters where u reside.

If you like to contribute, please participate by filling this form…you will get confirmation with some guidance.

Deadline from filling this form is upto 23rd 11:59 PM

One Young World matters

Before One Young World
I was very simple person with extensive intense of make impact. I left my job (s/w programmer) year ago and start living life with people, issues and actions. I believe in technology and people, so I always ready to spend time with communities. I worked with Free and Open Source Communities, Google Developers Group, Mozilla Nepal, Wikimedia Nepal, CSIT Association of Nepal, ITS Nepal, Nepal Russia ICT Society, UNICTS and many other communities. This makes me learned and inspired to deal with issues. My most amazing experience with FOSS Nepal Community to work for promoting and flourishing the no option open source software in country like Nepal. Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal is perfect field for me to deal with Open Data, Open Content and so on, which make me contributed for people’s Right to Information, making more transparent and accountable country. So I must say, it make me more confident on technology rules.

Journey to One Young World

I was Flag Bearer
1I was suppose to attend the Mozilla Summit in San Fransisco on Oct 4-6, I was on preparation of it. One day I saw email from One Young World which stated that I am selected for attend the One Young World and some one has sponsored for it(It was 2 week earlier than program). I was undecidable, I didn’t know One Young World very well, I even forgot when I had applied for it. Program sounds not much compatible with me as compare to Mozilla Summit. So I took 2 days to decide it, I started to research on One Young World, learned a lot about it. And finally I found this is incomparable with anything. I felt like I am one who is lucky in this world. And most important thing I was one one from Nepal, flag bearer for my country. 190 countries was expected there, if I missed to go there, then obviously it would be 189 missing Nepal. So I gave me more effort in my decision.

flight delay for 15 mins because of me
It was not very easy, I need visa to go South Africa. Organizer sent me Visa Wavier Document, and invitation letter to make it easy, so it means I didn’t require to apply visa. I confirmed it I went to the Immigration Office in Kalikasthan, talked with them and confirmed everything. On the day of my flight I went Airport 3 hours prior than time. I got boarding pass from Airlines. But Immigration Officer of TIA stop me because of not having visa, they were on point that visa wavier document in not enough to secure my status to getting green signal immigration, They complain the document itself don’t mention my name. They aborted me, airlines took back their boarding pass . I fought with them for 1.30 hrs but it couldn’t work. At the end I asked them to give me one letter explaining why I was being aborted. They agreed and meantime one officer ask me what will you do with it. I simply replied I will talk with media about this. It made them to think and with the discussion and suggestion of Airlines of such cases they finally gave me signal to go but with one contract stating “If some thing went wrong with me, Immigration Department has not any responsibility” I smiled and signed that contract. I really like to thanks that two guys of Jet Airlines (one was Indian and another Nepali). They made 15 minutes delay flight because of only me.

What make me inspired

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Johannesburg City
The World Class African City, The development of this city itself is inspiration for world. The progress done after the revolution proved how it can works, it was the great story for us. Story of Nelson Mandela is the divine guidance for us. But more than that, We really amazed to know how the youth are working to solve problem in the nation. The achievement from cooperation and coordination is the great learning for new and old generations for rest of the world.

Delegates
8Can you imagine 1300 people from 190 countries in same floor, and whomever you talked they are awesome. These 1300 young people has the capability of changing this world. They are doing interesting works. This is only program who has the biggest participation after Olympics.

It wasn’t possible to hear all but some of the best are here http://www.oneyoungworld.com/speakers

Counselors
7They are idol for this world. It was like a dream, when I saw Kofi Annan, Bob Geldof, Sir Richard Branson, Prof Yunus, Arianna Huffington, Winnie Mandela ….. in front of me. Every word they expressed are still ringing in my ears. I must say they changed my life, they changed the world I used to see. You can check it here http://www.oneyoungworld.com/who-we-are/counsellors

Organizer
The whole credits goes for Organizers. I didn’t see any pitfalls. The correspondence with each and every member, managing resources, program management were also the uncompetitive.

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After One Young World

I can’t measure but I can say I am changed, I feel more confident, I feel more lucky and blessed. My thought process has been changed, my observation on anything has been changed. So after back First, I changed the business model of my company, We have decided to go for Social Business. But this is not enough, I have to go more…. I have to think for Youth Employment inside Nation, inside Locality. I have to think for Better Education System. I have to think about Gender Balance and Women Empowerment.

One interesting thing, I am starting to telling the story that I heard there, that I learned there…… Thanks Russian Center for Science and Culture and Nepal Russia ICT Society to provide me the opportunity to share my experience with young people.

Analysis of the role of governments and private companies in the surveillance of Internet users. Impact of current developments such as PRISM on universally recognized human rights such as freedom of speech.

As we know, due to the tremendous development of technology and Internet surveillance became more easier than ever. What ever we do in internet and phone can be collected, saved and analyzed. So obviously, these technology allows more value in role of government and private companies in the surveillance of internet users. But the path might be different. The private companies collect the information about special one over time and now it seems the path has been moving from minimal to maximal(might be reduction of cost of storage and time make significance ). Some example of surveillance are : “ Telephone companies collected long-distance calling information because they needed it for billing purposes. Credit cards collected only the information about their customers’ transactions that they needed for billing. Stores hardly ever collected information about their customers, maybe some personal preferences, or name-and-address for advertising purposes. Even Google, back in the beginning, collected far less information about its users than it does today. “ But due to the reduction of cost of storage and processing they are starting to collect everything.

On the government case, When surveillance was manual and expensive, it could only be justified in extreme special case. The warrant process limited police surveillance, and resource restraints and the risk of discovery limited national intelligence surveillance. Specific individuals were targeted for surveillance, and maximal information was collected on them alone. But now due to the development of technology they are easily collecting the information of everyone very easily. Most of the common example they are spying every communication channel from telephone to internet. Now, instead of watching one person, the NSA can monitor “threehops” away from that person. Government has advantage over all other private sectors, they have always used their authority to access on corporate surveillance. They never go through making their own distinct surveillance program. In short, Due to the development of technology and reduction of cost, Corporate Companies are collecting almost all information(wheather they need it or not) and Government is taking advantage of it and surveillance all the internet users’ activities.

In my opinion the regulation of these surveillance should be in some framework. First, the person/user should be aware about his/her being surveillance, most of the case they don’t know about the situation. Second, the depth and width of surveillance should be maintain, it doesn’t make sense of recording every activities of users. Third, the way of taking information should be transparent and respectable, it means while Security Agencies need information from internet vendors, they should have clear written objective that should make public.

 

The disclosure of U.S. government surveillance programs( PRISM ) has destroyed any remaining expectation of online privacy. So how could anyone protect the human right more. Again because of development of technology and Internet, we have lot of evidences people got lot of privilege to protect democracy and act for their right. The Pew Internet & American Life Project survey found that 36 percent of social networking site users say the sites are “very important” or “somewhat important” to them in keeping up with political news. It also found 25 percent of social network users surveyed said they became more active in a political issue after discussing it or reading posts about it, and 16 percent said they changed their views about an issue after discussing it or reading about it on the sites.

US President Barack Obama speaks during a “Twitter Town Hall” in 2011 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are playing a growing role in US politics by helping users stay informed and energizing activists. In Nepal, Fomer PM Baburam Bhattarai was one of the most active politicians in social network and web, and it plays crucial role for him to become prime minister. One thing is clear people love to speak virtually rather than physically and it matters. But now how people feel free to speak on internet when some one is observing, on them and may be take some action after it. It’s like threating them individually. 

If you were a lawmaker in your country and had to present a bill related to the surveillance of communications (online and offline), what are the key dimensions you would propose?

In the very small, least developed countries like Nepal also clear mentioning on constitution about Right to Information and Right to Privacy. We even have also very clear act on Right to Privacy to protect the right of citizen of nation. How the developed democratic countries like United States, United Kingdom and other are changing it’s form.

To support my word I wanna go through the some points over the result of research done in Pew Research survey on Internet privacy. Which shows: For the first time since the organization began asking the question in 2004, more respondents believe the government has gone too far in restricting civil liberties (47 percent) than believe the government hasn’t done enough to protect the country from terrorism (35 percent). So there is not more weight on saying that Government is doing all these for security and terrorism.

However, half of the 1,480 U.S. citizens polled in the recent Pew Research survey approve of the government’s surveillance of Internet and telephone data to combat terrorism, while 44 percent disapprove. At the same time, 70 percent of the respondents believe the government uses the data for more purposes than anti-terrorism.

When asked about the overall impact of personal data collection, 55 percent of respondents to the Heartland Monitor poll said the practice is “mostly negative,” while 38 percent consider the data collection “mostly positive.”

As I am aware on the situation of security that may comes as the priority of nation, I would like to suggest my government to maintain the way to achieve the same objectives. As I mention earlier government or any private companies should maintain at least guidelines for themselves and my opinion is simple:

  • First, the person/user should be aware about his/her being surveillance, most of the case they don’t know about the situation.
  • Second, the depth and width of surveillance should be maintain, it doesn’t make sense of recording every activities of users.
  • Third, the way of taking information should be transparent and respectable, it means while Security Agencies need information from internet vendors, they should have clear written objective that should make public.

References:

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57596008-285/internet-privacy-in-an-age-of-surveillance/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/06/us-tech-giants-nsa-data

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/16/opinion/schneier-surveillance-trajectories/

http://www.moic.gov.np/acts-regulations/right-to-information-act.pdf

The Interim Constitution of Nepal, Right to Privacy, Section 23, 2063 (2007) http://www.lawcommission.gov.np/en/prevailing-laws/constitution/func-startdown/163/

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Nepal kicks off Wikipedia Education Program pilot

This article was published on http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/09/18/nepal-wikipedia-education-program-pilot/

The Nepali Wikipedia has a great history. In 2002, one year after the establishment of the English Wikipedia, the Nepali Wikipedia was formed, but our journey was not as fast as it perhaps could have been. After 11 years, in 2013, Wikimedians of Nepal was recognized as a user group, and one of our first steps as an official group was to do a pilot of the Wikipedia Education Program in Nepal. It was not easy, as we didn’t have any kind of existing organization at a university, but our pilotwas a success!

Wikipedia_Education_Program_NepalFirst, we looked for a suitable educational partner for our pilot course. We used the criteria that the college must have an acceptable minimum of resources, including individual machines (computer/laptop), Internet availability, electricity backup and available time. We talked with a few institutions and ultimately selected Islington College in Kathmandu.

The journey started with an orientation for roughly 150 students, covering what Wikipedia is and background about the Wikipedia Education Program. We distributed a registration form to participate in our pilot program, and from the people who filled out the form, we selected 50 students. These students participated in a three-day training to make them more familiar with Wikipedia. Based on their interest and performance in this training, we selected 25 final participants for the Wikipedia Education Program pilot in Nepal. Students we selected were supposed to complete a 12-week assignment to write Wikipedia articles.

We scheduled the class two days per week (Monday and Thursday). We started the course by teaching skills needed to write Wikipedia articles, and we cultivated an understanding of free licenses and copyright. After a few weeks, the real work started. Students working in a team or a pair selected one location near the college as topics for their articles. Students went to the venue and collected all the information, snapped some pictures of it and researched it. After that, students worked together to create the articles.

This approach provided students a good level of confidence and taught them how to explore, how to write, and how to collaborate. Here are some articles they wrote:

In the second phase, teachers again asked students to write a new article for Wikipedia, but this time each student had to write individually. The idea of choosing topic was to write an article on something the student was interested in, but the condition was that the article should not exist in any language (so students were not permitted to just translate existing articles). Soon, everyone started working on their selected articles. Each class had different topics, like how to add a reference or citation, how to use infoboxes, or how to assure toic notability and neutrality. Some nice articles they wrote include:

WEP_Nepal2_by_SrijanaIn the third stage, all of the students worked together, so we chose the common interest topic Pashupati Temple. The world heritage site is a popular and prestigious place for Nepalese people. The Executive Secretary of Pashupati Development Trust gave us an hour of his time and explained the site’s historic value, its development, its current status and more. Two staff helped all of the participants visit the temple and explain each important detail and they provided published books to us for more information. Students worked together to build a beautiful article: पशुपतिनाथ मन्दिर.

Some of the other articles they worked on are here: विकिपीडिया शिक्षा कार्यक्रम १

In the end, 15 students presented what they built and what they learned. As recognition, we provided the students with a certificate showing the score they obtained and a special “Wikipedia Driving License.” This was the journey from 150 students to 15 excellent students, so I must say this was also one of the most important learnings for our team.

last week we had a review meeting with the college administration. We discussed the result, the achievements from both sides, and ways that we can improve the program. Getting 15 students sounds good, but still we felt like we missed some students who joined and our task is to find out why. We talked about the best case for next time and we are thinking about implementing a Train the Trainers model.

After this exercise, we are feeling more confident about running this program and we are looking forward to implementing our learnings in the next course we run!


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Open and Participatory Election

Development of time and experiences results the people to be more conscious and participatory on the activities around it. As compare with everything, politics and policy is in always in priority, either people beloved or hatred. So the developed counties seems like are already in the practice of Open Government. Even some developing countries are also moving, but this is only possible when the tremendous untapped resource of government become accessible as open definition, which ensure use, reuse, modify and redistribute.

Election is central interest of citizen of every nation and the Constitution Assembly Election is even more than other. It is the base for law, need, demand, voice and driven way of direction of further way. It is the right of every individuals to know about the activities and agendas of it. In other word, people has the chance of closely participating(not just limited with vote) in CA Election. They want to participate each step of development from election to constitution. It means the whole way of election should be accessible for single person. The one of the way of doing this is possible through internet and mobile. We know Election Commission of Nepal has already practiced to do it through website, but still it is not accessible. This is happening due to the vendor dependent platform. They are using strict platform like Internet Explorer, file are on PDF, So it already blocked the further development.

In other countries, It doesn’t means all the innovative development has to done by government(election commission) itself, they just always open the possibilities by opening up the whole information and make it easily accessible. So the election commission should be implement open data as per the open definition principle. For simple example, if election commission put the information about the registered parties of election, their candidate and other related information, then other organizations or individuals can build simple mobile application to profiling those information, so every Nepalese can easily find the information about their candidate. So they can vote to right deserved individuals rather than party.

There are different model and platform have been using for election purpose. Some applications can use for information, some for monitoring, some for proofing. Ushahidi platform, one of the mostly used platform initiated for election of Kenya can be better option for Nepal as well. This is the simple reporting platform, for reporting the status of anyplace anonymously, people can report using their computer/laptop or smartphone or simple mobile through sms. As we already have report of 75% mobile usage in Nepal, so this could be the right option to use.

What ever I said above my concern is on adopting technology to enhance the whole election process, maintain transparency and engaging the citizen. The only way of doing this is only if the whole things related to election is open.

Kathmandu Metropolitan Spending Party

Kathmandu, city of temple, capital of naturally enriched (Mountains, lakes, Hills, River) palace Nepal. Where people believe more than 4 millions (but record shows 2.5 millions) people reside in 50.67 square km area. All the governance body(ministries, departments, commissions), legislative body(Supreme Court, Armed Court), Security Force (Nepal Army, Nepal Policy, Armed Police Force) are centralized in Kathmandu. People have to come Kathmandu for going outside from Nepal, because only one international airport (Tribhuwan International Airport) is in Kathmandu. So it is obvious, the huge budget is spent for Kathmandu.

Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal, organized City Spending Data Party on July 19-21. The objective was to work on the budget of kathmandu metropolitan that was announced just 1 week back. The program was invitation only , so the announcement for participation was done in 12 july http://np.okfn.org/2013/07/12/city-spending-data-party-kathmandu-2013/ . And finally selected 12 participants on the base of first come(this was for first two days while last day was public).

As it was the first time event, every one worked hard, here is the summary:

First Day:

Everybody arrived on time, we discussed on what we are going to build, what could be the expected plan of three days. First task was group division, we have 4 groups

Data Wrangler: Kshitiz, Manish, Sanjeev Khadka, Nikesh Balami, Rajan Silwal

Code Hackers : Everest, Bidhya, Utshav, Rajendra

Designer: Rajesh and Ashish

Documentation and Social Media : Sajjan and Spandan

Data Wrangler team download the pdf file of 22nd Kathmandu Metropolitan City council budget for fiscal year 2070/71from the official website of Kathmandu Metropolitan.

Download some tools like tabular pdf to csv and tableau

Differentiate the data into two topics, Aaya(Income) and Byaya(Expenditure) of Kathmandu Metropolitan

Decided to work on Byaya (Expenditure), which include:

Pujigat Kharcha(Capital Expenditure)

Talab, Parisramik, Subidha Kharcha(Salary and Facilities Expenditure)

Karyalaya Sanchalan Kharcha (Office Running Expenditure)

Purwadhar Sudhar tatha anya bikash Kharcha (Infrastructure and Development Expenditure)

 

Second Day

Day 2 kicked off with data wranglers completing remaining works of day first (completed total conversion)

Code hackers and designers worked on the visual par

Visualizing the information from the budget of Kathmandu Metropolitan city in simple charts and spending visualizations.

Designs, banners and slides for next day

 

Third Day

Around 25 participants including Former Minister, Media, Students and others

We presented what we had made in last two days.

DashboardDiscussed issues and problems we had faced while working.

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Output

We have written this post explaining the output. The output from openspending.org is at the top of the post or you can find it on OpenSpending.

Impact and Learning

The event was good learning for all, The first challenge was to extract the budget information from pdf, so it took almost whole day to properly extract the data from it.

Second major problem was the language, the font was preeti, which means it was not in nepali unicode, the interesting thing is, Nepal’s government has already address this through policy but due to the lack of proper management, it is not implemented in many place.

Third was, lacking of technical knowledge of platform, later we studied and made it finally.

After doing this event, Kathmandu Metropolitan appreciate our working and suggest us to give them feedback and also invite us there to resolve those issues.

After this event, different social organizations, media are willing to collaborate us for the event like this.

 

Future Plan

We are planning to continue this event in schedule(might be in every 3/3 months)

We are planning to start a class to learn more technical skill with schoolofdata.org as well as a regular class with experts.

We are going to work on whole government budget soon.