MapaTanda: Mapping for and with the Ageing Population
2021-09-29, 11:30–12:00, Ushuaia

The MapaTanda Project (a portmanteau of Mapa -- which means a map -- and Tanda -- which can mean older adult but can also mean remember) is a project that seeks to improve the number and quality of data in OpenStreetMap that are important and relevant to older adults (senior citizens) and the ageing population (60+ years old) in the Philippines such as nursing homes, retirement homes, community centers for older adults, facilities for adult learning, and other facilities that provide services or perks to the older adults (e.g. discounts, promos, etc.). The project will utilize SmartCT's partnerships with local government units in the Philippines to map this gap and train new OSM volunteers in the process. "Mapa-bata man o MapaTanda, kailangang kasama at isinasama sa pagmamapa."

In a nutshell, MapaTanda 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. This involves adding and cleaning features in OpenStreetMap such as nursing homes, hospitals that provide specialized care for the elderly, retirement homes, local offices for senior citizen affairs, community centers and other facilities that cater to or provide perks and services to older adults, etc. These data can then be used by local and national organizations for policy-making, planning, and implementing projects and interventions.

The project will leverage an existing partnership of SmartCT with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region IV-A and the Municipality of Arteche in Eastern Samar. An initial list of the facilities to be mapped will be acquired from the partner local government units.

We aim to train at least 120 new OpenStreetMap volunteers with monthly online workshops and training. Mapathons will also be held for each of the provinces of Region IV-A and the municipality of Arteche which will introduce OpenStreetMap, its uses, and how to map facilities for senior citizens on OSM.

Aside from these, the project seeks to directly engage and work together with members of the older adult population as well as organizations working with or representing them in order to determine other relevant data and information that they need which can be added in OSM. We will ensure the participation and inclusion of senior citizens in the mapping and decision-making process of the project and seek to empower them to contribute to OSM. As a result of the project, we would like to train at least 30 “older adult” OSM volunteers.

Because most of the activities will be held online, part of the budget for the project will be allocated for mobile data / internet stipends for volunteers who want to participate in the training and mapping.

Authors and Affiliations

Villanueva-Libunao, Kristel Anne (1) and Pintor, Ben Hur (1) SmartCT, Philippines


Community / OSGeo


FOSS4G implementations in strategic application domains: land management, crisis/disaster response, smart cities, population mapping, climate change, ocean and marine monitoring, etc.


1 - Principiants. No required specific knowledge is needed.

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A Certified Sustainability Practitioner and Project Management Professional, Kris is the Executive Director at SmartCT. She trained under the ASEAN Smart Cities Leaders Programme of ASEAN Foundation and Data Stewardship under Gov Lab of New York University. She is also a Smart Sustainable Cities Instructor with IoT Academy/ITU-Academy.