In December 2002, Malaysian Centre for Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MaCGDI) was established under the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS) to replace the Secretariat for National Infrastructure for Land Information System (NaLIS). MaCGDI is a centre established by the government to manage and promote the development of Malaysia Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MyGDI) as the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). MaCGDI is also responsible for coordinating access and delivery of the geospatial information held by all government agencies. The main role of the centre is to continuously make available and accessible current and accurate geospatial data that promotes a sustainable living environment, economic growth and social progress for public.
To provide mechanism/infrastructure in supporting the usage and sharing of current, accurate and reliable geospatial information among agencies by employing the latest geospatial technologies; and
To avoid redundancy of duplicating effort in collecting, processing, maintaining, providing and dissemination of required geospatial information.
The Functions of MaCGDI are:
To act as an advisor to the Government of Malaysia in the formulation and implementation of policies concerning geospatial data;
To coordinate activities pertaining to the development of geospatial data and standard for geographic information/geomatics;
To be a technical reference centre for advisory and consulting services with regard to the development and application of geospatial data;
To develop and coordinate MyGDI Clearinghouse activities;
To plan and conduct human resource development program in GIS and the related fields;
To organise various activities in promoting the use of MyGDI throughout the country;
To become a centre for research and development (R & D) for GIS and the related fields; and
To represent the public sector in international forum, conferences and meetings involving geospatial data.
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