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‘Geospatial info should be ready-to-use for the public’

Jakarta, Indonesia: The National Coordinating Agency for Surveys and Mapping Indonesia (BAKOSURTANAL) has urged all geospatial players in the country to work together to develop the Indonesian Spatial Data Infrastructure, INA-SDI. Dr. Asep Karsidi, Chairman, BAKOSURTANAL, made the pledge during a panel discussion at Indonesia Geospatial Industry Meet, hosted in Jakarta recently by Geospatial Media and Communications Pvt. Ltd. (formerly GIS Development Pvt. Ltd.). At the same event, Geospatial Media and Communications released Asia Geospatial Forum 2011 brochure as a pre-launch of the actual event happening on 17-19 October 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. About 70 attendees representing the local geospatial industry and a few international players witnessed the whole event.
In conjunction with the newly approved Geospatial Act in the country, Dr. Karsidi also encouraged the private sector to participate in the implementation of geospatial through value-added services and products. The Indonesia Geospatial Act will ensure that geospatial data in Indonesia is better organised and more accurate with all mapping activities to use only one common reference.
Another panelist at the discussion, Dr. Arifin Rudiyanto, Director for Regional Development in Indonesian Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), shared the Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia’s Economic Development (MP3EI). The Master Plan aims at promoting new growth centres outside Java and creating six economic corridors to facilitate efficient goods and human movement in Indonesia. 
According to Dr. Rudiyanto, MP3EI needs to be elaborated into a workable action plan, which also requires detailed spatial plan to ensure sustainability of each corridor. This will create huge opportunities for the local geospatial industry, especially in the marine and trans-border areas.
Representing the academic sector at the panel discussion, Prof. Dr. Hasanudin Z. Abidin, Head of Geodesy Research Division in InstitutTeknologi Bandung (ITB), expressed hope that the implementation of MP3EI will encourage establishment of more geospatial educational institutions outside of Java. He looked forward to the geospatial educational institutions and industry to be well and proportionately distributed across the six economic corridors.
Laksito Pararto, President, Association of Indonesian Survey and Mapping Enterprises, urged all private companies to upgrade quality and quantity of human resources through education and training in order to compete with international enterprises.
The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Irawan Sumarto, Director, Base Mapping in Indonesian National Land Agency. BAKOSURTANAL also handed over the Indonesian Geospatial Act to InstitutTeknologi Bandung, as part of its “Geospatial for Nation” programme.
Source: Our correspondent