Indonesia: The Geospatial Information Agency (In Bahasa Indonesia: Badan Informasi Geospatial or BIG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Lambung Mangkurat University (LMU), as part of the Geospatial Information Agency’s ongoing efforts to increase the quality and quantity of human resources specialising in GIS and Technology in South Kalimantan.
“One of the important things needed to promote geospatial information is to reduce public ignorance about it. As such the MOU between BIG and LMU will seek to promote and explore the potential uses of geospatial information from day-to-day decision making to critical socio-economic development planning,” the agency said.
The MOU aims to promote the joint collaboration and sharing of geospatial data and information, promotion of R&D activities in the field of geospatial information, implementation of technical capacity building workshops to improve the competence of human resources, the development of a University Network Node, and the creation of a Spatial Data Infrastructure Development Centre.
Furthermore, the MOU also seeks to address shortages in geospatial technical skills. In the long run, the government hopes to increase the domestic supply it needs to achieve a thriving GIS industry and a spatially-enabled Indonesia.