international open data day 2017

Open access research
for students.

Open Access Workshop,
Saturday, 4 Mar 2017 Pokhara, Nepal
Venue: Gandaki College of Engineering and Science (GCES), Lamachaur, Pokhara

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Open Data Day is a global celebration of openness.

With the overarching goal of encouraging and showing support for the adoption of open data policies by local and national governments alike, citizens throughout the world join hands to liberate open public data through writing applications, creating visualizations and publishing analyses using the same.

In Nepal, the event aims to serve as a platform for bringing together open knowledge enthusiasts from different backgrounds, and support a series of collaborative events for enhancing knowledge and awareness about free and open source software, open data, open content, and various open knowledge technologies.

This year International Open Data Day 2017 is going to be held on 4th March, Saturday.


Presentation Session

In this session, leaders from different government and non-profit organizations present their ideas and views on openness, open data, open source and will highlight the importance of open access. They will also be sharing their experiences and sheding light on the role of open data on their respective organizatios.

Mapathon - Kathmandu Living Labs

A mapathon is a coordinated mapping event. Facilitatd by Kathmandu Living Labs, the event will provide hands-on training to workshop participants on how to add/update local geographical features on OpenStreetMaps. By inviting and training the public to make online map improvements in their local area, the event seeks to improve availability of geographical data which could then be used in areas ranging from disaster risk assessment to energy management.

Open Research Data Hackathon - Open Knowledge Nepal

Open Knowledge Nepal will lead Open Research Data Hackathon during the event. During the hackathon developers, designers, statisticians, analysts and data geeks will sit together and use research data freely available in the public domain to create applications and products that seek to give more meaning to, and therefore improve the usabilty of the data.

Treasure Hunt - Kathmandu Living Labs

A treasure hunt is one of many different types of games with one or more players who try to find hidden objects or places by following a series of clues. A team of Kathmandu Living Labs will be running this game during the workshop to make the event more interesting and interactive.

Event schedule

Time Key Activities
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Registration/Check In
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Presentation Session
Presentation Topic Presenter
Open Map Data Gaurav Thapa, Kathmandu Living Labs
Open Access, Open Science, and Open Research Kshitiz Khanal, Open Knowledge Nepal
12:00 AM - 04:00 PM Workshop / Hands on Training
Workshop/Training Room Number
Kathmandu Living Labs
Research Data Hackathon
Open Knowledge Nepal
Treasure Hunt
Kathmandu Living Labs

04:00 PM - 04:30 PM Discussion and Networking
04:30 PM Closing Ceremony


Kathmandu living labs (KLL)

KLL seeks to establish itself as a leading civic tech group in Nepal and the region. We activate, inspire and lead a community of young changemakers who are excited about using high impact technology to transform our societies. We strive to co-create digital tools and information infrastructure so that government, nonprofits and businesses can use 21st century technology to provide everyday citizens the best services. At KLL, we put problems before solutions, people before technology and data before opinions. We like to look at problems from unusual angles and get excited to tackle challenges that are deemed ‘impossible’ using traditional tools and methods.

Open Knowledge Nepal

Open Knowledge Nepal is a working group of international Open Knowledge International in Nepal. Open Knowledge Nepal has been working as a civil society organization involved in training, advocacy, networking, research, and including organizing events about everything open including open data, open access, open government, open source and open science since 2013.


Open Access Nepal

Open Access Nepal are Nepal’s representatives in the Right to Research Coalition (R2RC), a US based organization dedicated towards advocating and educating the policies and principles of open access worldwide. The objective of Open Access Nepal is to disseminate information to student and researchers about open access and promote its policies and principles in Nepal.

Code For Nepal

Code for Nepal is U.S. registered non-profit organization founded in 2014 by co-founders Mia and Ravi with the dream to empower Nepal by increasing digital literacy and the use of open data. It's a volunteer lead organization with more than 25+ volunteer working today in the U.S, Nepal, and India. Code for Nepal Focus on Increasing digital literacy, Building apps to improve lives, Increasing access to open data, Service delivery to earthquake survivors, Right to information.


Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City

Pokhara is a sub-metropolitan and the second largest city of Nepal. It is the headquarter of Gandaki Zone and Kaski District. It is located 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu. Pokhara Municipality was established on 2016 B.S. and then transformed into Sub-Metropolitan City on 18th Magh 2052 B.S. It's total coverage area is 225.69 According to CBS data of 2011 A.D total population of PSMC is 313841. The city is growing at a staggering rate of 6.952 percent per year compared to a meagre national average of 1.35 percent per year. Beyond the rapid urban growth and administrative importance to the region, Pokhara is also the preeminent tourist (both domestic and international) destination of Nepal.

Gandaki College of Engineering and Science (GCES)

The Gandaki College of Engineering and Science (GCES) is an independent non-profit institution co-located with the Gandaki Boarding School (GBS) campus in Lamachaur, Pokhara-16. Pokhara have the modest climate all the years round and refreshing panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayas in the front. In 1998, with the genuine effort of Dr.P.V.Chandy, the then Principal of GBS/GCES, GCES was founded as an extension to GBS with the approval of the GBS board and the United Mission to Nepal (UMN). It is managed by the U.M.N. G.B.S. G.C.E.S. Public Education Trust. It is affiliated to the Pokhara University (PU) and compiles with the PU semester system and examination procedures. In 2003, GCES was admitted as a permanent member of Nepal Engineering Council.

Registrations Now Open!

If you have an idea for using open data, want to find an interesting project to contribute towards, learn about how to visualise or analyse data or simply want to see what's happening, then definitely come participate! Participation is a core value of Open Data Day, everyone is free to voice their opinions in a constructive manner. No matter your skill-set or interests, we are encouraging organisers to foster opportunities for you to learn and help the global open data community grow.

You can register for the event by clicking here.