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JUPEM Geoportal Launch

The Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM), established in 1885 is one of the oldest government departments in Malaysia. It has experienced the tide of technological advancements for more than two decades, ever since the advent of information technology in the field of surveying and mapping. The modern day department has refocused its mission to include the management of digital spatial databases as well as the dissemination of geographical information.

In the era where Web technology have matured and broadband Internet connectivity is easily available, JUPEM felt it is the right time to deliver its digital geospatial products via the Internet or through a sophisticated one-stop-counter service for the efficient dissemination of all its geospatial products to the public. This was translated in the form of developing the so-called JUPEM Geoportal, which was a novel initiative in support of the government’s objective to provide a more efficient and customer-oriented public delivery system. The launching of JUPEM Geoportal was held at the Palace of the Golden Horses hotel, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25 July 2006. The ceremony was officiated by the Honourable Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE).

The JUPEM Geoportal leverages the power of geography through an intelligent mapping and web services interface against which JUPEM delivers smart, user-friendly technology with the best available spatial data available on demand to meet user’s geospatial information needs. The system will help users find and do business with JUPEM online or in person. Through an online map-based interface, the user may search and find exactly what he or she needs. For example, from the computer, the user can identify a location on an on-screen map, and subsequently discover what data exist for that specific location. The user is then able to purchase the selected data or place an order for the data online. Alternatively, the user may choose to do business in person at any of JUPEM’s State sales counter or JUPEM One-Stop-Centre at JUPEM’s headquarter.

The arrival of the Honourable Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of NRE, Y. Bhg. Dato’ Sazmi bin Miah accompanied by senior officials

Y. Bhg. Datuk Hamid Ali, Director General, JUPEM delivering the welcoming speech

In his keynote address, Y. Bhg. Dato’ Sazmi Miah, the Honourable Parliamentary of MNRE congratulated JUPEM on its pioneering initiative in developing the JUPEM Geoportal to further enhance the efficiency of the public delivery system. He emphasised that capitalising on ICT applications is actually in-line with the government’s commitment to the national IT Agenda. An exhibition was also organised on the occasion. The Malaysian Survey and Mapping Conference 2006 was also held in conjunction with the launching for a period of two days, ending on the 26 July 2006. Six different sessions were conducted where 17 papers were presented, i.e. as follows:

  • Session 1 – Aerial and Space Borne Imaging
  • Session 2 – Mapping Inisiatives and Services
  • Session 3 – Cadastral Issues and Iniatives
  • Session 4 – Location Based Services and Spatial Information Systems
  • Session 5 – Underground Utility Mapping
  • Session 6 – Panel Discussion

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