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Announcing Open Data Day Nepal 2018, 3rd March, Patan Durbar Square and Museum

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Open Data Day 2018 is almost approaching, and in Nepal too, celebrations are in store. A full-day free, exciting, interactive event is being hosted at Patan Durbar Square and Museum on March 3, where the general public will get an opportunity to experience and learn the importance of data in the context of Nepal’s development.

Improving the Sharing and Use of Air Pollution Data for Advocacy and Awareness

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Outdoor air pollution has become a matter of grave concern in Nepal. Anthropogenic emissions from various sources such as industry, vehicles, people’s homes, and road construction have increased manifold and have led to many environmental and health problems. Nepal has growing levels of PM2.5, which is considered one of the most harmful air pollutants as it lodges into human lungs and blood tissues thereby increasing the chances of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

The value of working together as an open data community

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With the near completion of the first local elections in two decades and the gearing up for provincial elections in late November, this is an exciting time for Nepal. However, while the federal structure is now taking shape, Nepal continues to face many pressing development challenges related to poverty, transparency, accountability, economic development, inequality and social inclusion. To address these challenges, the use of evidence – reliable, accessible data and information – to inform decision-making, monitor progress and evaluate development outcomes will be key.