Open Knowledge Nepal has been organizing the Open Data Awareness Program from the 8th of October to the 11th of November, 2017. The program aims to sensitize youths about the Open Data momentum.
This project is supported by the Data for Development Programme, implemented by The Asia Foundation in partnership with Development Initiatives. The program is also funded by the UK Department for International Development.
The main objective of the program is to make the youth of Nepal more aware of the benefits of Open Data, to fill in the gap of data literacy and to better prepare young people for a rapidly changing data scenario.
The Open Data Awareness Program consists of hands-on training sessions and workshops at different colleges and youth organizations. The participants in the session will be provided with a compiled Open Data Manual to aid their understanding of Open Data.
After concluding all the workshops, a hackathon event will be organized in Kathmandu. At the hackathon, selected participants from training sessions will work on opening up data currently in a closed format. The participants will also share their experiences and discuss ways to engage more young people in the Open Data movement in Nepal.
This program will increase the understanding and the chances of youth population joining the Open Data ecosystem. It will also help improve the chances of more Open Data startups and initiatives emerging in the near future. Moreover, it also increases the chance for open-data-informed development decisions and accountability of responsible bodies.
For more details about this program, visit odap.oknp.org.