College’s FOSS Group gathering with OSM Nepal

OSM Nepal organized small gathering with representative of different college’s FOSS organization. The program was held on sunday, 20th january 2013 at Biruwa Venture Baluwatar. The interaction program was happened for 2 hours, Participants got to know about Open Street Map and also got to know about the activities doing here in Nepal.

Nama Raj Budhathoki who has taken the responsibilities of this moment in Nepal asked for meeting with me, so in his interest I manage all the participants from different colleges including Amrit Campus, Kathmandu BernHerdt, Aberdeen, IOE, WRC, KEC.

Here, are some points that were discussed during meeting [summarized by Nama Raj Budhathoki]

  1. FOSS and OSM nicely go together. There is a plenty of opportunities to work together. OSM maps provide a solid substance for us when we need to talk about ‘open’ stuff and show some tangible product.
  2. Use existing FOSS student communities in different colleges to expand mapping. FOSS ASCOL community will organize a mapping party this coming Friday. OSM Nepal community will provide technical support including GPS devices. Kedar Bhandari and Rajendra Sharma from ASCOL will coordinate with other students and communicate back as soon as possible. Mapping parties will also be organized in other colleges. Respective FOSS community will take lead in organizing mapping parties initially with support from OSM community and later independently.
  3. An event will be organized on Feb. 23, 2013 (International Open Data Day). Please have a look at this site: http://wiki.opendataday.org/Main_Page
    The nature and format of such an event will be discussed later.

List of participants are:

SN Name  College
1 Ashok Lamsal Pashchimanchal Campus
2 Rajan Kandel KTM BernHardt College
3 Prakash Neupane Amrit Campus
4 Deepak Adhikari KEC, Kalimati
5 Kedar Pd. Bhandari Amrit Campus
6 Everest KC IOE, Pulchowk
7 Bidhya Nandan Sharma IOE, Pulchowk
8 Uttamraj Khanal IOE, Pulchowk
9 Prasanna KC Aberdeen Int’ College
10 Jhaman Thapa magar Aberdeen Int’ College
11 Rajendra Sharma Ascol
12 Nama Raj Budhathoki OSM/OpenDRI
13 Manoj Thapa OSM/OpenDRI
14 Sazal Sthapit OSM/OpenDRI
15 Helina Shrestha OSM/OpenDRI
16 Amrit Karmacharya OSM/OpenDRI
17 Len Reitschuster OSM/OpenDRI