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Malaysia's Big Data drive continues: MIMOS launches national lab

AvantiKumar | April 30, 2015
MIMOS' BDA Digital Government Lab is based at the MIMOS campus in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.


Photo - (From left) Dato' Yasmin Mahmood , Chief Executive Officer, MDEC; YB Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin, Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation; Datuk Wahab Abdullah, President & CEO MIMOS Berhad; and Dr. Suhazimah Dzazali, Deputy Director General, MAMPU.


Another step in Malaysia's national Big Data Analytics (BDA) initiative is the launch of a national analytics lab by national applied research agency MIMOS.

Based at the MIMOS campus in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, the BDA Government Lab will be the hub for BDA technologies for the public sector. The launch was officiated by the minister of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, who said the centre is part of the wider Digital Government Innovation Network (DGOIN), to speed up BDA adoption in Malaysia.

"The BDA-DGL is an initiative resulting from a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU] between MIMOS, the Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) and the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) signed in January 2015," said Dr Ewon. "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 also said "MOSTI hoped to attract, groom and retain data scientists through the facilities available at MIMOS" and that MOSTI would work with the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia to enhance data security and sovereignty.

The lab, which will host government data, would help to "cross-fertilise data" across different agencies and possible integration with social media data mainly from Malaysians, said MIMOS chief executive officer Dato' Abdul Wahab Abdullah.

"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," said Abdul Wahab.

 BDA initiatives

In addition, four government agencies involved in proof-of-concept (PoC) BDA initiatives were recognised: the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM) and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS).

MAMPU director-general Dato' Seri Zainal Rahim Seman said that the new laboratory will also act as "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."

Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, MDeC's chief executive officer said:  "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."


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