To celebrate Nepal’s advancements in open data and sensitize a broad range of new audiences to its potential benefits, the D4D Program supported seven Nepali organisations to collaboratively host a large scale 2018 Open Data Day event.
Open Data Day provides an annual opportunity for groups working on agendas related to data, innovation, mapping, transparency, accountability, and evidence-based decision-making to showcase their data initiatives and raise awareness of the importance of data for development. The D4D Program took this opportunity to engage partner organizations to work collaboratively in marking the importance of open data, and to introduce the concepts involved to a wider and new set of audiences. Accordingly, on March 3rd, the D4D Program coordinated Nepal’s largest Open Data Day celebration to date, with collaboration from seven partner organizations – Accountability Lab, Bikas Udhyami, Center for Data Journalism, Freedom Forum, Kathmandu Living Labs, Local Interventions Group, and Open Knowledge Nepal.
Preceding the event, Bikas Udhyami held a Data Poster Competition that built the data visualization skills of over 20 participants on key issues such as poverty, education and youth. The winning teams were announced during Open Data Day and their data posters were exhibited on Patan Durbar Square and shared via social media. In addition, the Center for Data Journalism and Open Knowledge Nepal held a journalist Data-a-thon with almost 30 journalists and techies with a view to inspiring data-driven storytelling.
The Open Data Day 2018 celebrations on March 3rd, themed ‘Open Data for Everyone’, took place in the historic Patan Durbar Square and Museum. The day featured:
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