Republica Daily, 3 April 2018
Bikas Udhyami's Nepal in Data Initiative launched the beta-version of its geo-profile containing key data on each of the 7 provinces and 753 local bodies on Thursday. According to a press statement issued by Bikas Udhyami, the geo-profile allows users to select national, provincial and local level data, and also obtain an overview of key data based on a wide range of indicators related to demography, economy, agriculture, industry, health, education etc.
“Users can opt to select specific indicators themselves as well as to compare different provinces and municipalities with each other to assess the development scenario. The data can be visualized in graph and table format to facilitate easy analysis and can be downloaded for use as CSV and JPEG files,” said the statement. Additional features such as provincial and municipal overview pages and more data will be added in the coming weeks.
The statement said that Nepal in Data Initiative aims to support the federal, provincial and local governments by making relevant data accessible so they that they can use it in their planning and decision-making processes. The initiative also hopes that the data will enable citizens to track local development progress and participate in the process. “With the data, the Initiative also aims to support the media, civil society organizations, development agencies and businesses in their reporting, programming and funding and investment decisions,” the statement further said.