Five years ago, on 29 October 2018, the Philippines achieved a remarkable milestone in space technology by launching the Diwata-2 microsatellite. This satellite, part of the Philippines’ initiative to expand its space capabilities, has since provided valuable insights into Earth observation, remote sensing, and more. As we commemorate its fifth anniversary, there is another reason to celebrate—the release of its data as open data.
During the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-funded STAMINA4Space Program implemented by the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman and DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute, Diwata-2 data has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license which allows anyone to use it for any purpose, as long as attribution is provided.
This was done to simplify access and open possibilities for innovation, research, and collaborative efforts. The release of Diwata-2’s data as open data is a testament to the Philippines’ commitment to democratizing space technology.
In honor of Diwata-2 and the STAMINA4Space Program, PhilSA is making the data available again for public access: https://diwata-browser.philsa.gov.ph/
As we mark the fifth anniversary of Diwata-2, we celebrate the satellite’s achievements that represent the myriad possibilities that open data can unlock. It’s a gift that keeps on giving, with the potential to benefit Filipinos, today and in the future.