Full text: Sharing and cooperation in geo-information technology

the database by applying a cross check with corresponding 
information, such as, names, dates of birth, addresses, phone 
numbers, or photographs. In doing so, the very best interest of 
consultants, also other professionals under this program can be 
This inventory will be accessible - nationally and 
internationally - through INKINDO’s regional offices (DPD) 
located in all twenty-seven provincial capital cities and the 
association’s website on the Internet. It will essentially 
comprise of two major groups of information regarding the 
companies listed and the experts involved in the projects carried 
out. Just over 1,400 field of expertise as guided by the World 
Bank (although they may not all be available in Indonesia), 
including detailed information regarding their numbers, their 
distribution, their whereabouts and their specific line of work, 
will also be accessible. 
Assuming that each INKINDO member has undertaken ten 
consulting projects involving ten experts in each project, it is 
anticipated that there will be some 350,000 A4 sized pages of 
information for the whole 3,500 members. On top of that, there 
will be some 35,000 Indonesians experts documented in the 
database - planned to be completed in the middle of this year. 
In carrying out this project, INKINDO has successfully 
developed a computer program that will enable each member to 
input the data in-house in such a format that the National 
Governing Council (DPP) in Jakarta can easily merge it at 
national level. This program is coded with reference to standard 
formats provided by the World Bank namely DACON (Data on 
Consultants) and DICON (Data for Individual Consultants). 
The aforementioned formats will - in the future - guarantee that 
the information gathered is agreeable with international 
The development of professionalism for quality assurance 
Contrary to public assumption, consulting is a profession 
demanding high professional standards, including feasibility 
studies, engineering design, detailed design, project 
management, project supervision, quality control, human brain 
and technical skills. It is the nature of its business that prevents 
a consulting company from being necessarily a big company in 
terms of the size of its office, or the number of people that are 
employed in it. Even a reputable world class consulting 
company, for example, may only employ tens of professionals. 
However, the consulting service by itself should always be 
placed as the forefront of any project. Therefore, despite the fact 
that the profession will only take up a small portion of the 
inventory, its presence is plainly of much importance. 
The availability of the INKINDO human resources database 
ensures compatibility and efficiency, as it will put all INKINDO 
members, as well as other professionals, nation-wide, on equal 
ground for free and fair competition. Their profiles, including 
all personal (e.g. phone number or e-mail address) as well as 
technical/professional information will be available and 
accessible through the database. Meaning, it will simplify the 
process of correspondence, negotiation and even the 
constituting of a contract if necessary, between professionals 
and their prospective clients, employers or partners. 
Certification Programs for Indonesian Experts 
International accreditation and recognition for Indonesian 
professionals can only be obtained through transparent and 
secure certification programs. Thus certification for 
professionals is something that should be accepted by 
Indonesian experts in the free trade era, in order to withstand 
the incoming international competition. In Indonesia, 
certification programs only work well in the areas of medicine 
(physicians and pharmacists), finance (accountants), whereas, in 
other areas, especially, engineering, this is not the case. 
For the last few years, the Association of Indonesian Engineers 
(PII) has initiated certification programs for professional 
engineers (civil, mechanical, electrical, geodesy, etc.) via peer- 
to-peer assessment. However, this method has given reason to 
suggest that it will only be successful if it is followed by the 
development of a comprehensive database for Indonesian 
engineers and the strengthening of other infrastructures like the 
Board of Examiners and a transparent and reliable examination 
system. In time, PDLI-INKINDO will invite all that hold 
interest in the professionalism development of Indonesian 
experts to work hand-in-hand and use this database. 
Preparing certification programs for Indonesian consulting 
firms specializing in construction services, have become the 
grounds for the present collaboration between INKINDO and 
the Ministry of Public Works. An arrangement between 
INKINDO and BAPPENAS has also been formed for a wider 
range of professionals to be included in the certification 
programs. In addition, laws to legitimize the role these 
programs are also in the process of making. 
In order to be able to utilize the PDLI-INKINDO’s new 
database program effectively and efficiently, it is realized that 
the presence of qualified trainers in abundance is crucial. 
Accordingly, in November and December last year, training 
courses for this very purpose have been rendered by INKINDO 
in all twenty-seven provinces, categorized into six training 
groups. Although, in the beginning, DPP-INKINDO was 
pessimistic of the reaction of INKINDO’s members outside 
Jakarta towards this program, the increasing enthusiasm that has 
been showed has completely erased all doubts. PDLI-INKINDO 
therefore believes that this program represents the aspiration of 
INKINDO members in all of Indonesia. 
Management Strategy for the Development of National 
Human Resources 
Although INKINDO’s inventory program was originally 
designed to comply with the internal needs of INKINDO

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