BUKIT JALIL, April 23, 2015: National research and development agency, MIMOS, has launched the Big Data Analytics (BDA) Digital Government Lab (DGL), which is part of the wider Digital Government Innovation Network (DGOIN), an initiative to accelerate BDA adoption in Malaysia. The launching ceremony was officiated by Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, at the MIMOS campus, here today.
The BDA-DGL is an initiative resulting from a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding between MIMOS, the Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) and the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) signed in January 2015.
Dr Ewon said the Government was serious in implementing BDA in line with expanding the country’s science, technology and innovation agenda. “With the Lab, we want to accelerate the implementation of BDA in the Government towards ensuring efficient service delivery, knowledge generation, wealth creation and societal well-being towards national economic growth,” he said.
He also said that MOSTI hoped to attract, groom and retain data scientists through the facilities available at MIMOS.
Dr Ewon said that MOSTI would work closely with the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia to ensure data security and sovereignty.
MIMOS Chief Executive Officer Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah said that the laboratory, which would host government data, would be the platform for the “cross-fertilisation” of data across different agencies and possible integration with the social media data mainly from the rakyat.
“The BDA technology platform developed in MIMOS will facilitate various ministries and agencies to have a greater level of analytics of the collected data, in strict adherence to the Government’s data security, integrity and sovereignty guidelines,” he said.
At the launching ceremony, four government agencies participating in pilot BDA initiatives were recognised. They were the Ministry of Finance, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM) and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS).
Meanwhile Director-General of MAMPU Dato’ Seri Zainal Rahim Seman said that the laboratory would provide a test bed for facilitating the Government in understanding the processes for the smooth implementation of BDA, and assist MAMPU in evaluating the impact that the technology could create on society.
Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood said that “The National BDA Innovation Network is key in forging public-private sector partnerships towards driving adoption of BDA, cultivating innovation and building a BDA ecosystem that will impact all sectors of the economy”.
MIMOS is Malaysia’s Premier Applied Research and Development Centre in Information and Communications Technology As a strategic agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), MIMOS contributes to raising Malaysia’s competitiveness by pioneering market creation for Malaysian technopreneurs through patentable technology platforms, products and solutions. Over the past 10 years, MIMOS has filed more than 900 Intellectual Properties in various technology domains and across key socio-economic areas. Serving a central role in Malaysia’s transformation journey and ICT Vision, MIMOS endeavours to create a culture of innovation by nurturing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, in the spirit of smart partnerships and inclusive growth models and strategies. To learn more about MIMOS, please visit www.mimos.my