MapaTanda Launch : Mapping with and for the Older Adults (Senior Citizens) and Ageing Population in the Philippines - Event Report

Sunday 7 March 2021
13:30 (PST)
Online, Philippines (Asia & The Pacific)
Kris V. Libunao, SmartCT

On Saturday 6th March 2021, the eleventh Open Data Day took place with people around the world organising hundreds of events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. Thanks to generous support from key funders, the Open Knowledge Foundation was able to support the running of more than 60 of these events via our mini-grants scheme.

This event received an Open Knowledge Foundation mini-grant thanks to support from Microsoft.

Photo of MapaTanda Launch : Mapping with and for the Older Adults (Senior Citizens) and Ageing Population in the Philippines

How did your event celebrate open data?

On the 7th of March 2020, we launched the MapaTanda project which seeks to improve both the quantity and quality of data in OpenStreetMap that is important and relevant to members of the older adult and ageing population (60+ years old) in the Philippines. During the event, we engaged with members of OpenStreetMap community, the representatives of the local governments and most importantly, the older adult population as well as organisations working with or representing them to seek their support in the MapaTanda project.

Lessons learned from your event

  1. The enthusiasm of the audience during the event confirmed that due to a growing number of elderly people, it is a necessity to create the cities and communities that are aware of the special needs of all their citizens including the needs of aging populations.

  2. Timely, open and updated information on the needs, opportunities and other data related to the ageing population and building a community around these are needed to develop a coherent strategy and projects which will truly benefit the elder population.

Why do you love Open Data Day?

We love Open Data Day because it not only promotes awareness on the importance and use of open data but it also give us an opportunity to work and mingle with like-minded individuals in order to build and strengthen the community.

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