Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Kathmandu University, Nepal, celebrated International Open Data Day in Kathmandu University Central Campus, Dhulikhel on 4th March, 2017. The event was organized by Kathmandu University Open Source Community(KUOSC) an autonomous wing of Kathmandu University Computer Club in order to mark, promote and encourage use of Open Data in Nepal. Open Data Day is celebrated every year throughout the world to bring together the people and organizations based on shared enthusiasm for open data.

During the talk program Volunteers from KUOSC shared their ideas and experience on Open Source Technology and use of Open Data. Pratit Raj Giri explained the motive of the program. He further talked about what is open data and the state of open data in Nepal. Rishi Raj Gautam  shared about how could we contribute for Open Data in Nepal. Sandeep Neupane shared his idea and experience from the survey he had done in Kavre district related to Open Data. He shared his experiences and findings on the program. Mahesh kafle new open source enthusiast of KUOSC, talked about how to get involved in open data. He shared his experience from the Recent Open Data Hackathon that was organized in the Kathmandu. Sanjog Sigdel also added few points on contributing to Open Source Community and Open Data. He also talked about his contribution on Open Street Mapping, Ubuntu Localization and Wikipedia at the end of the program.

Everyone who attended the program came to a conclusion to make a commitment to contribute for Open Data.They also did some brainstorming and came up with an idea of Hackathon within the University to promote Open Source Technologies. They came to a conclusion that this Hackathon could identify possibilities of doing a long term Open Source Project which could be continued by their juniors.

In different part of country, Open Source Enthusiasts and Open Hacktivists are celebrating OPEN DATA DAY. You can find the hash tag #OpenDataDay trending on  Social Networking Sites.

Here are some glimps of today's wonderful event:

Open Data Day 2017

Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analysis using open data. It is an effort to show support and encourage the adoption of open data policies by worlds local, regional and national government.

Open data is yearly event based on shared enthusiasm for open data since 2010. This year also with the same enthusiasm we are celebrating Open Data Day on March 4, 2017. Last year 262 cities celebrated open data day. During this event, participants are able to grab an opportunity to share their experiences with open data, open map, future projects, etc.

Why is it celebrated in Kathmandu, Nepal?
Kathmandu is one among many cities around the world taking part in international movement on open data to create awareness of what and how it can be greater use to government and to general public. With the communities like Open Nepal, Kathmandu Living Labs, Open Knowledge Foundation, FOSS Nepal, Mozilla Nepal, Wikimedia Nepal; open data has now established an important concept and these communities played a role in promoting transparency, accountability and citizen engagement in Nepal.

What will happen during Open Data Day in 2017 in Kathmandu?

Open Data Day is all about motivating data enthusiasts around the world. Following the same spirit Open Data Day 2017- Kathmandu will provide opportunities for people to explore and collaborate on open data for solving issues regarding public procurement and health in Nepal. They are organizing a various programs such as:
Thematic presentation and Panel Discussion
Lightning talk session
Hackathon showcase ( P. S. this event has began from 25th February, 2017)

Who can participate?

Open Data Day 2017 is for everyone. Anyone with an interest in open data , open map, transparency, accountability and civics can participate. Participation is free of cost BUT they must come with passion to learn, share and collaborate.