National Geospatial Centre (PGN)
National Geospatial Centre (PGN) was established in December 2002 to replace the Secretariat for National Infrastructure for Land Information System (NaLIS). PGN is a centre that manage and promote the development of Malaysia Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MyGDI) as the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). PGN is responsible for coordinating access and delivery of the geospatial information held by all government agencies, private sectors and public.
A leader in sustainable geospatial shared services and information for a prosper country.
Strengthening geospatial shared services and information with efficient and optimum use of resources based on the law and legislation.
National Geospatial Centre History
On 23rd September 1997, in accordance with Paper No. 500/1597/187, the Malaysian Cabinet has decided to develop the Land Information System. In 1994/1995, the Ministry of Land and Cooperative Development has taken the lead by developing the National Infrastructure for land Information System (NaLIS). Renong Berhad was tasked by the Ministry to carry out the research that would bring NaLIS into existence.
On 2nd January 1997, the NaLIS Secretariat was set up underneath the Public Service Circular No. 1/1997 (PKPA 1/1997), and was officially launched by the Chief Secretary to the Government on 22nd September 1997. The Circular was published to highlight the objectives of NALIS establishment, principles, roles and responsibilities of the relevant parties in association of NaLIS management at both Federal and State authorities. The development of geospatial data infrastructure encompasses issues related to policies, standards, technology, regulations, laws, security, funding, as well as data preparation by Federal, State, and Local Authorities.
On 27th September 2002, the National Geospatial Centre (PGN) was established to replace NaLIS Secretariat through the Employment Warrant No. E59 2003, which was subsequently approved by the Treasury and the Public Service Department, following suggestions to restructure Government agencies and to Study Organizational Structures underneath the New Malaysian Remuneration Scheme No. 13/2002.
On 1st December 2003, PGN was realized as an agency, functioning as a Department, in the Ministry of Land and Cooperative Development. Since 27th March 2004, PGN comes under the purview of the Ministry of Natural Resouces and Environment (NRE). With this new development, PGN will now provide services on support, consultation, and coordination in terms of geospatial data to the relevant authorities in Malaysia. As on 2nd July 2018, The Ministry of Natural Resouces and Environment (NRE) was restructured to form the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS).
With this new development, PGN will now provide services on support, consultation, and coordination in terms of geospatial data to the relevant authorities in Malaysia. As on 2nd July 2018, The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) was restructured to form the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS).
National Geospatial Centre Functions
- To be the lead agency to coordinate the development of geospatial standards in consultation with Federal Government, State Governments, academia and private sector;
- To be the one-stop centre for sharing national geospatial data by working and coordinating with the Federal Government, State Governments and with academia;
- To develop a web services platform for sharing geospatial information and its utilisation by the Federal Government, State Governments, academia and private sector;
- To plan and conduct human resource development programs in GIS and the related fields;
- To organise various activities in promoting the use of MyGDI throughout the country;
- To represent the public sector in international forum, conferences and meetings involving geospatial data; and
- To be a technical reference centre for advisory and consulting services with regard to the development of geospatial data application and also for research and development (R&D) in geospatial related field.
National Geospatial Centre Objectives
To provide an efficient geospatial information and shared services through :
- An integrated action mechanism that includes proper governance, policy and legislative formulation and strengthening strategic collaborative which involves all parties at every level to support the National Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MyGDI);
- Strategic synchronization / coordination by main and custodian agencies to avoid overlapping of geospatial information for national planning and development;
- Geospatial related investments by creating new products and services to generate a sustainable economy; and
- Reinforcing expertise, technology and consulting services in Research, Development, Innovation and Commercialisation (RDIC) for geospatial.
To ensure the quality of geospatial data services are reliable, meet the needs of customers and are updated every year in accordance to the Data Quality Review Guidelines;
To collaborate with the Technical Committee 2 (TC2) SIRIM to provide geospatial data standards for sharing of geospatial data within one year when there is a need/ or when necessary;
To provide access to applications/systems in order to retrieve geospatial information every 24 hours x 7 days, with the applications/systems uptime are not less than 99%;
To conduct outreach programmes in order to promote geoinformation technologies to targeted groups at least 3 times a year;
To organize human capital geoinformation development programmes least once per month; and
To take action on inquiries of geoinformation services and products within 3 working days. / To give feedback on geoinformation services and products within 3 working days.