IPU funds new Data Storage facility for Parliament

Pieyre-Bernard Castelier (IPU IT expert) (R) mentor Parliament IT Officer, Vira Josiah on how to install the Data Storage system.

The Parliament of Vanuatu has taken delivery of a new data storage system with a capacity of 26 terabytes, funded by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

IPU IT expert, Pieyre-Bernard Castelier, accompanied the team of experts from IPU that carried out a needs assessment of the Parliament of Vanuatu last week. He installed the storage and digitalization solutions with the Parliament IT officer, Vira Josiah.

He also provided on-the-job training to the Parliament IT officer while installing the storage and digitalization solutions, training and support on the use, maintenance and trouble-shooting of the storage and digitalization solutions, and provided advice to resolve technical obstacles in the configuration and efficient use of the storage and digitalization solutions.

IPU sponsored two Data Storage (NAS) units and one High-Tech Scanner. One of the Data Storage (Active device) was installed at the Parliament House and can be accessed by all the Parliament staff. The second was installed at the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, which is located at the Meteorological Services Building at Nambatu. It will be used for backup.

The scanner costs Vt466,488 and the two data storage facilities cost Vt450,758vt, a total amount of Vt917,246.

With the cost of the IT expert’s expenses, the total project cost exceeds Vt1 million.

“In February 2017, the Parliament requested technical assistance from the Inter-Parliamentary Union in the area of ICT. The IPU fielded an IPU expert mission that assessed the ICT needs and facilitated the development a strategic plan from in March 2017," Parliament IT Officer Vira Josiah said.

“In providing recommendations and facilitating a strategic plan careful consideration was given to the Vanuatu context and in particular the fact that it has only one ICT officer supporting the parliament. One priority objective of the strategic plan was to create flexible and light storage and digitalization solutions for electronic documents.

“It was agreed with the parliament that the IPU would purchase the basic ICT equipment, install it and train the IT officer.” 

IPU is still yet to fund other ICT projects that were recommended in the strategic plan from the ICT assessment that place in March last year (2017).

The next upcoming project is for IPU to get an expert to set up D-Space which is an Archiving system that is widely used by most Parliament Libraries. That system will be integrated with the current Library Information system, KOHA, to ensure all the Hansard Minutes, Motions, Notices to MPs, Statement by Members, Statement by Ministers, written Questions, Bills, Acts and many more other papers can be searchable by users.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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