KRSTE.my (Knowledge Resource for Science and Technology Excellence, Malaysia) is an initiative by MOSTI and spearheaded by MASTIC to address science and technology issues and challenges faced by the community, the ministry and the country. KRSTE.my is designed to be a Single Point Access Facilities (SPAF) providing intelligent collaborative knowledge management and learning services platform on Science and Technology and Innovation.
Since April 2004, The Malaysian Science & Technology Information Center (MASTIC) of MOSTI has dedicated significant efforts to develop the richest possible Knowledge Resource for Excellence in Science and Technology. That has today, taken shape via The KRSTE.my Portal. The KRSTE.my Portal will serve as a Single Point of Access to the wealth of knowledge artifacts from various internal and external systems and sources. It will become the biggest reservoir of information on anything and everything to do with Research, Development & Commercialisation in the area of Science, technology and Innovation.
It's definitely the most comprehensive reference point for those seeking the most elusive of data and information, whether one's looking for general data about all the organisations and institutions involved in R&D, or specific, seemingly classified information about funds available for R&D, to even valuable breakthrough advice about accessible R&D Facilities (i.e. labs, specialised equipment etc.) as well as information on relevant personnel, researchers and experts, including their CVs. Such data have never been as easily accessible ever before and never from one site, as easily as now, ONLY with the the KRSTE.my System
The KRSTE.my Portal is aimed at overcoming the shortfalls relating to accessibility and sharing of information among agencies and organisations that has resulted in the creation of countless "islands" of information. Sadly, invaluable research-related information are residing in individual organisations who are not optimizing or sharing it and it is accessible ONLY to those within that organisation. The majority at large are seeking such information and are unaware of the existence of such information and spend "valuable months and years re-creating that which has already existed".
MASTIC, as the center for S&T information, aspires to prevent such redundancy by creating a central repository of all the national knowledge artifacts.KRSTE.my is a central part of MASTIC in its efforts to enhance its service delivery and ensure those seeking for data and knowledge have instant and unprecedented access to such information to propagate a quantum leap in the end results among those involved in STI and RD&C. It is the ardent desire of MASTIC to use KRSTE.my to prevent wastage of funds, resources and time while simultaneously becoming the platform for Knowledge to be shared and benefited by all.
We live in the Information Age. Information is power. It affects everything. Information can shape and destroy individuals and society and nations. It saves time, cost and helps mobilize valuable resources where and when they are needed. Such information can also drastically reduce wastage and redundancy.
Hence, the KRSTE.my Portal will ultimately become the most sought after resource and information base for individuals and organisations ranging from Decision Makers and Policy Formators, to Research Officers, Educationists and Students as well as those in the Public and Private Sectors, Ministries and Industries.
Upgraded as an Integrated Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Data and Information Platform;
Designed with a better web interface and more user-friendly system features such as elastic search, dynamic reporting, option for bulk upload, Web-based equipment & services booking and more;
Intensified KRSTE.my 2.0 data collection and promotion activities.
KRSTE.my has so much to offer the abovementioned Groups and Individuals. Certainly, top most on the list of beneficiaries are Government Groups, Decision Makers, Policy Formulators and Research Officers will find all the data that are made accessible via KRSTE.my decisive in providing valuable input for analysis and for the formulation of strategic national policies. Besides these, it can also be used to track and analyze careers and mobility , check on-going research efforts, build upon previous research, and help reseachers complete their projects more successfully. Such access to local and indigenious research output and strategic indicators will help researchers optimize funding, align R&D output, support commercialisation and national development, and significantly enhance the economic analysis of potential technologies.
Those involved in making decisions and formulating policies for Educational Groups will view KRSTE.my as their greatest ally. It will provide them priceless data and input on how to seek funding to execute educational policies and how to formulate strategic direction for educational as well as R&D Programmes and Projects. The valuable input that is available in KRSTE.my will enable them to formulate policies aligned with the national agenda. The enhanced knowledge sharing will result in the development of technopreneurs who will be able to utilize such data to enhance the final outcome of all their research projects.
Similarly, Students, Faculty Researchers, Teachers and Trainers will find the KRSTE.my as a valuable resource for group discussions and to conduct forums. They can also gain crucial input to create new knowledge, inspire and pave the way for new inventions and innovations which will boost the outcome of their research projects. They will also know where to solicit funding for their Projects.
Obviously, the quality of decisions made and the overall end results of all those who patronise KRSTE.my and those who don't can be significantly contrasted!
Those in industry ar enot left out, they will also benefit most from KRSTE.my. That is because a huge expenditure, time and effort on R&D, will be saved. By analyzing previous, related R&D initiatives and outcomes, Industry experts will gather valuable input on what to avoid and where to channel their limited resources and how to align with exisiting resources to best save time while ensuring better end results.
Their Boardroom Analysis of lesson learned by others, will enable them to focus on where the new economic, technology and commercialisation opportunities are and how to access the funding to execute them, while safeguarding themselves, their Organisational IPs, and the new breakthroughs they intend to commercialize and market.
Thus KRSTE.my will therefore promote the development of technical and scientific knowledge and skills which will pave the way for improved products and service development and innovations. The growth of multiple industry related knowledge bases will then further contribute to greater competitiveness in the local and global marketplace.
The KRSTE.my Portal has been developed over numerous phases.
|Phase 1||Which covered the platform setting was started in April 2004 and took 6 months to complete.|
|Phase 2 & 3 (KRSTE.my R2)||Focused on the enhancement and expansion of the KRSTE.my Portal's features and capabilities. It took off in March 2005 and was completed by December 2005.|
|Phase 4 & 5||Began covering the tedious and laborious task of enriching its content and enhancing its capabilities, in line with ST&I and RD&C's national strategies.|
Since then and to date, the enhancement of the KRSTE.my services, which has expanded into its Third Generation Version (KRSTE.my R3), has become the Main Focus. The evolution of the KRSTE.my Portal from KRSTE.my R2 to KRSTE.my R3 is also in response to the need for a National R&D Databank.
In short, the KRSTE.my Portal will become one of the most sought-after resource-rich platforms for all knowledge and information seekers. It will connect and network all those involved in Research, Development & Commercialisation (RD&C) and stretch to all those who seek to the advancement of knowledge. The availability of various Dashboards will facilitate systematic and easier benchmarking and measurement of indicators, while the constant on-going upgradement of its features and functionalities will keep enriching its knowledge-base and make the KRSTE.my Portal.