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No Map, No Plan, No Investment


Dr Asep Karsidi M.Sc
Head, Badan Informasi Geospatial

Starting off as a Mapping & Surveying agency in Indonesia, BIG as we know today has transformed to become one of the most important agency in Indonesia. Find out more from Dr Asep Karsidi, one of the best leader that BIG ever had.

The mission of BIG is to improve coordination and institutional capacity, human resources, quality of research and development of geospatial information. How do you aim to fulfill this mission?

BIG try to fulfill these goals through the implementation of the National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) and Regional Coordination Meeting (Rakorda) once in the year.The goal of Rakornas and Rakorda is to produce the planning platform which is established by all relevant agencies called the national strategic plan in the field of Geospatial Information.It is include the division of labor (who is doing what), cooperation mechanisms in order to optimize its resources, as well as the development of Human Resources (HR) in government / private sector. Rakornas’ participants come from ministries and agencies, academics, and associations at the national level meanwhile the Rakorda’s participants come from the provincial, district and city in Indonesia. There are 4 Working Groups: Basic Geospatial Information, Thematic Geospatial Information, Geospatial Information Infrastructure, and Human Resources.

How and when did the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) initiative begin in Indonesia?

The road to Indonesia's NSDI began with the Presidential Decree No. 85/2007 which is now updated with the Presidential Decree No. 27/2014 to provide ease of sharing and dissemination through optimization network node geospatial data.

So far how much progress has been made at the work on finishing the base map for the whole country? The mandate was to make a base map at 1:1000 scale? Can you elaborate on the One Map initiative?

Gradually, BIG is working on finishing the base map for the whole Indonesia at various scales. The base map includes several data layers such as roads, rivers and water bodies, buildings, and many more.The base map with scale 1:250.000 already available (seamless and digital). The base map with scale 1:50.000 will be completed by the end of this year, while others will be finished gradually. One Map Initiative or what-so-called One Map Policy is a further step in the implementation of Law No. 4 of 2011, i.e. The Geospatial Information Law.The goal is to ensure the establishment of reliable geospatial information through the implementation of an orderly, integrated, effective, and efficient.One Map Policy consist of 4 aspects: One Reference, One Standard, One Database, One Portal.

You once said that Ina-Geoportal is designed to be more sophisticated than the Google Maps. What makes Ina-Geoportal more sophisticated?

Ina-Geoportal is developed with GIS-based and the content of Ina-Geoportal developed by the concerned institution which are data custodians.

Are all ministries, agencies and local governments willing to integrate their data and share it with Ina-Geoportal? How did Indonesia deal with national security problems and concerns when it came to sharing spatial data and making it open?

Yes, with condition and under regulation. The term of sharing spatial data is for the public domain data, while the classified data is treated in accordance with the authority of the trustee institution data.

What kind of efforts has BIG taken for human resource development in the geospatial industry? What is the role of ITB-ESRI Community Center launched in collaboration with ESRI?

BIG already initiated the National Competence Indonesia (SKKNI) for human resource development in the geospatial industry, as stipulated in Minister of Manpower and Transmigration of the Republic of Indonesia Decree No. 331/2013. It applies nationally and as reference to establish the Professional Education and Training, Competency Test and Professional Certification. Collaboration with ITB to ensure that Indonesia can supply qualified geospatial human resources with the skills and know-how that are relevant to needs of a globally competitive geospatial industry. Through this cooperation, BIG also invest in collaborative opportunities to promote geospatial technology.

How is BIG contributing towards the economic development of Indonesia?

No Map, No Plan, No Investment. For example, BIG initiative to support the Government Masterplan for Acceleration, Expansion, and Economic Development of Indonesia (MP3EI) be a breakthrough to enhance the acceleration of national development by integrating regional and sectoral approach to the development of 6 (six) economic corridors across Indonesia, through a spatial approach.

What are other projects which you are planning to undertake in coming years?

Updating and upgrading the basic map and reviving the spatial network node.

Since Indonesia is extremely susceptible to natural disasters, how is BIG contributing towards disaster management?

BIG is one of the member of Quick Reaction Force for Disaster Management (SRC-PB) which is responsible to conduct rapid disaster mapping, including data collecting, data processing, data presentation, and distribution of geospatial information to BNPB.

Do you co-operate with any regional and global agency in promoting the use of geospatial information system and technology? Could you tell one major achievement of BIG so far?

Ina-geoportal and One Map Policy.

As a leader who aims to transform BIG, how do you want to be remembered by the geospatial community?

I want to be remembered as a person who eager to promote the important of the geospatial information for many purposes in our daily life.