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Malay environment minister advocates GIS education

Malaysia: Dato Sri Douglas Uggah Embas, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia, urged to Human Resource Ministry to include GIS in academic syllabus, during National Geospatial Information Symposium 2012 in Putrajaya. He observed that government officers lack GIS skill. However, they can use GIS to enhance public services. He proposed the establishment of GIS unit in all federal and state agencies.

The Minister also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia to enhance human resource development, especially to improve R&D capability and outreach programme.

The biennially Symposium was organised by Malaysian Center for Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MaCGDI), which has developed 1Malaysia Map (www.mygeoportal.gov.my).

During the Symposium, the MaCGDI announced that in collaboration with Malaysian Administrative Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), it has done an Impact Assessment Study of MyGDI implementation in Malaysia. The MyGDI is Malaysian Geoportal (www.mygeoportal.gov.my). According to the study, since the launch of MyGDI, geospatial usage in Malaysia has increased from 14 percent to 90 percent.

During the Symposium, for the first time, the MaCGDI introduced Special Awards for MyGDI Program, to agencies who are pro-active in utilising geospatial information and innovative in developing geospatial technology for better service to the public. The winners include:
– Department of Survey and Mapping – the highest data sharing transaction through MyGDI
– Pahang State Government – most innovation in integrated land database in the State
– Melaka State Government – most comprehensive geospatial data sharing in a State
– Department of Town and Country Planning Peninsular Malaysia – innovative geospatial product development for the National Physical Plan, Structure Plan and Local Plan

Source: Our Correspondent