With the world moving to embrace electronic data, the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) is also doing the same.
The NFA staged a one-day workshop in Lae yesterday to troubleshoot some of the key problems encountered when working with data electronically.
The Post-Courier attended the workshop and found out that through NFA’s observer program, training for raw data processing and storage became a must for the organisation.
A facilitator said the workshop seeks to explore avenues to safeguard information and other usable data for storage and usage when needed.
He added that connectivity and data synchronisation were also among issues that were put on the table for deliberation.
“We have also identified the use of a paperless data system but we are also aware that there are problems that are encountered when employing such technology,” the facilitator said.
He said information sharing was becoming very important because it saved time and was less costly.
“If you have a query, always ask because there is someone there that would have an answer,” the facilitator told participants.
The facilitator said all data are entered through a data form.
“It is important that you organise your data and have it backed up fully so that when something goes wrong with storage, you can access your back up files easily and have them retrieved and used,” he said.
He said backing up data was part of organisational skills and urged the participants to be honest in their data collection, input, storage, and output and even in the reporting process.
“We are officers that are reporting on issues that will improve and protect the livelihood of people so you must ensure that you have information or data that is factual, appropriate and correct so that when you present your data, you report with confidence and integrity,” he said. Post Courier