'Big Data' Project, Top Priority For UPM - Vice-Chancellor
From Zainal Abdul Jalil
KITAKYUSHU (FUKUOKA), Japan, Dec 22 (Bernama) -- Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) is giving top priority to the Big Data project in its effort to protect national security and interest in the palm oil industry.
Its vice-chancellor, Datuk Dr Mohd Fauzi Ramlan said Big Data could be a weapon used to threaten the economy or security of a country if the information is kept by a third party or country.
Big Data is a collection of information from various sources, including leading national industry players, tweeter and various social media applications on the commodity or topic.
According to Dr Mohd Fauzi, Malaysia has yet to set up a systematic and comprehensive Big Data initiative and that such data was being collected individually by government agencies such as Mardi, Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and UPM.
"In this context, UPM wants to be directly involved in the national food security project, apart from championing Big Data in Malaysia, and as a front runner ahead of other Southeast Asian countries," he told reporters here Monday.
He was leading 110 UPM staff and students to the two-day 'Symposium on Applied Engineering & Sciences 2014' (SEAS) at Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Tobata Campus here which ended yesterday.
SEAS is part of the Sakura Science Plan (SSP) programme sponsored by the Japanese government.
Dr Mohd Fauzi also took the opportunity to meet Fukuoka Prefecture industries interested in developing the Big Data project with UPM.
According to the vice-chancellor, data kept in Big Data covers various aspects such as food production, marketing, sentiments, positive and negative views, diseases as well as demand and supply.
"The data can be used for analysis, strategy and preparation to face various challenges while in Japan it is used to study market and business forecast.
"As a palm oil producing country, we need to be equipped with such information. To allow other countries have it would subject the commodity to be exploited and endanger the country's security, interest and economy," he added.