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Seminar highlights need for ocean data management in Malaysia

Malaysia: The need for a marine component in Malaysian SDI is rapidly increasing, being driven mainly by the need to address environmental, economic and social issues of sustainable development in the country. Stakeholders ranging from oceanographic agencies, research communities, oil and gas industry, and technology providers should communicate with each other and share their data. Speaking at the inauguration of Ocean Data Management seminar held in Putrajaya last week, First Admiral Dato’ PahlawanZaaim bin Hasan, Director General of National Hydrographic Centre, The Royal Malaysian Navy, urged for a better management of oceanographic data to support better government service delivery and R&D activities. He emphasised while there are many data collectors, Malaysia still does not have an agency to disseminate oceanographic data among the stakeholders.

The Ocean Data Management seminar also included eminent speakers from the oceanographic and SDI community in Malaysia. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Nor Aeni Haji Mokhtar, Director of National Oceanographic Directorate in Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI); Fuziah Haji Abu Hanifah, Director of Malaysian Centre for Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MaCGDI) and ZakiahZainol, Head of Geospatial Data, Petroleum Management Unit, PETRONAS were also present at the seminar. The full day seminar was attended by over 80 participants who debated on oceanographic data and information systems available in Malaysia and the ongoing research activities and application development. The seminar was part of the World Ocean Week organised by MOSTI on 3-11 June 2013.

Source: Our Correspondent