MTDC invests in knowledge portal

Malaysian Technology Development Corp Sdn Bhd (MTDC) is investing RM7.2mil to develop and establish the infrastructure for Research and Information Database Homepage Project (Raidah), a web-based knowledge management portal to help local and global businesses keep abreast with current relevant information. 

Raidah was expected to be up and running within a year, MTDC chairman Datuk Raja Zaharaton Raja Zainal Abidin said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday at a ceremony to appoint Heitech Padu Bhd as technology enabler of the system. 

Raidah contents will focus on the technology cluster covering areas such as industry trends, market conditions, products, new discoveries, inventions, research and development (R&D) initiatives, and applications of new technologies. Raidah will crawl, track, retrieve, index, filter and categorise information from various sources on the Internet. These multi-format and multi-lingual content will then be aggregated, published and stored. 

Datuk Dr Jamaludin Jarjis.

“We hope that with Raidah, users will be able to dispense with the hassle of scouring through the Internet and other online sources for information on science and technology required and often endless hours spent on such a process.  

“Raidah would also eliminate a certain degree of analysis of this information as it is envisaged that it will be able to produce a report on such information in a specified manner to suit user requirements,” said Zaharaton. 

HeiTech would develop, manage and maintain an advanced network and Internet data centre (IDC) infrastructure on which the state-of-the-art portal would run. The network, operated through Frame Relay Cloud of PaduNet, would ensure MTDC enjoys high availability and stability of real-time online system. 

Meanwhile, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Jamaludin Jarjis, who graced the function, said the Government was committed to promoting the development of bio-technology in the country.  

He said bio-technology was a relatively new industry with “exponential growth potential” and Malaysia, with its bio-diversity, should ride on the bio-tech wave just as it did the information communication technology (ICT) wave with the setting up of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). 

“Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would be launching Malaysia's initiative on bio-tech very soon,” he said.  

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