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A new IT National Import System introduced at Customs Department

As part of an ongoing effort to improve their IT systems, on 31st July 2017, the Customs Department, in collaboration with the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA), launched the New Import and Export System, abbreviated as NIES. The new system replaces NES, the old import system and upgrades the Customs Electronic System.

Publication Date: 17/08/2017 Author: Alex Vella, MITA Project Manager for the Customs Programme

eSkills Malta Foundation kicking off the European Code Week

The eSkills Malta Foundation is Malta’s Code Week Ambassador.

Publication Date: 17/08/2017 Author: Bernadatte Zerafa, eSkills Malta Foundation Manager

A Corporate Financial Management Solution for Government

On 10th July 2017, the Government of Malta (Contracts Department) signed a contract with the Grant Thornton Malta - Unit 4 Consortium for the implementation of a Corporate Financial Management Solution (CFMS) in Government for a total contract value of €11.6 million.

Publication Date: 10/08/2017 Author: MITA Corporate Finance Project Team with the Programme Management Department

Supporting our community through MITA Cares

Six months have passed from when the MITA Cares Committee was setup to drive the agency’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

Publication Date: 06/08/2017 Author: MITA

The case for hosting websites on the cloud

Cloud computing is a term used, or perhaps overused, to refer to the opportunity of traditional computing resources to be made available as a commodity to the public in general.

Publication Date: 03/08/2017 Author: Michel Bugeja, MITA Enterprise Architect – Technology Team

Security information and event management

In some organizations, there is the dire need to manage a large inventory of system logs.

Publication Date: 03/08/2017 Author: Glenn Camilleri, Manager - MITA Information Security and Compliance Department

Training the 329 professionals of the future!

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest!” These words by Benjamin Franklin still resound in my mind hours after the successful Student Placement Programme event that was organised by the Malta Information Technology Agency - an initiative that was also supported by the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, Honourable Mr Silvio Schembri.

Publication Date: 27/07/2017 Author: Darren Mizzi

FITA ICT Training Courses

FITA first started organising ICT training courses for persons with an intellectual disability in 2003 via a pilot project and volunteer students from the MCAST ICT institute.

Publication Date: 27/07/2017 Author: Stanley Debono

Abolishing repetitive submissions of personal information to different Government Departments

For many years, Government departments have operated through a silo approach, where each department protected its own information and data of consumers, thus requiring them to provide their personal details each time they required a service from a different department.

Publication Date: 20/07/2017 Author: Dr Joseph Azzopardi, MITA Manager in Enterprise Data Management

The EC INSPIRE Directive – Overview and implementation

Roy L. Smith, a famous author, once said that “the greatest difficulty with the world is not its ability to produce, but the unwillingness to share.” Through this article, we explore one of the European Commission’s Directives related to data sharing and the active involvement of MITA in its implementation; with the aim to promote spatial data sharing and reduce “the unwillingness to share” data.

Publication Date: 20/07/2017 Author: Martin Saliba, MITA project manager for the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive

#14: Kultura Malta

An interesting feature of this app is that it allows the user to log in to have a personalised experience. However, the user can decide not to log in and still use the full menu.

Publication Date: 20/07/2017 Author: MITA

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Digital Economy visits MITA’s Data Centre

The Honourable Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, Mr Silvio Schembri has this week visited MITA’s Data Centre, where he had the opportunity to get further insight about the Agency’s role in driving Government’s ICT policy, programmes and initiatives.

Publication Date: 13/07/2017 Author: Melvin Farrugia, MITA Social Media, PR & Communications Executive

Know your data… and your processes!

Big data, data analytics, data modelling, data governance, data science, MetaData, data architecture, data catalogue, data standards, data protection, data stewardship, data quality, data management or perhaps even master data management and so on and so forth.

Publication Date: 13/07/2017 Author: Elizabeth Olivieri, MITA Project Manager – Land and Public Registry

#13: Malta Flora and Fauna

This app offers various functions that can be very helpful and interesting for the enthusiast.

Publication Date: 13/07/2017 Author: MITA

At the junction of corporate governance and cyber security

Cyber security risks do not affect only Governments, but also large institutions, SMEs and citizens alike.

Publication Date: 06/07/2017 Author: MITA

THATSpace - a Maltese startup aiming to transform restaurants and hotels into mobile offices

THATSpace was created by envisioning how people will be working in the near future. Instead of working from offices, coffee shops or homes, this Maltese startup is planning to convert vacant spaces such hotels, restaurants, banks and idle spaces into mobile offices that are convenient and affordable for everyone.

Publication Date: 06/07/2017 Author: Eman Mifsud, ThatSpace Co-Founder & Managing Director

The EU Code Week and the Code Week Ambassadors

“Europe Code Week is a grassroots initiative which aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everybody in a fun and engaging way.”

Publication Date: 06/07/2017 Author: Bernadatte Zerafa, eSkills Malta Foundation Manager

#12: Malta Animal Welfare

An interesting app which allows the users to navigate easily through it.

Publication Date: 06/07/2017 Author: MITA

Calling all educators interested in Game Based Learning!

MITA is currently running an Erasmus Plus Strategic Partnership Project, ‘Game Based Learning to Alleviate Early School Leaving’ (GBL4ESL) in collaboration with St Margaret’s College and the Faculty of ICT at the University of Malta locally, and with Danube University Krems, Austria and Nystromska School, Sweden.

Publication Date: 02/07/2017 Author: Sarah Farrugia, MITA Project Leader in Digital Outreach

SEMIC 2017 – The Semantic Interoperability Conference

The annual Semantic Interoperability (SEMIC) conference, organised by the ISA2 Programme of the DG Informatics of the European Commission, was this year held in Malta on the 14th June.

Publication Date: 02/07/2017 Author: Dr Joseph Azzopardi, MITA Manager in Enterprise Data Management

Account owners are the first line of defence against attackers

In today’s cyber world, social networks are very commonly used by the public and business societies that form part of a global community made up of millions of users.

Publication Date: 02/07/2017 Author: Raymond Azzopardi, MITA Senior Team Leader

The SUNFISH Cloud Federation Solution – part (2) setting the scene

In the introductory part of this series, we explored the concept behind the SUNFISH cloud federation solution. In this part, we will explore the basic ingredients of a cloud federation, which are the federated services and the functionalities.

Publication Date: 29/06/2017 Author: SUNFISH Consortium where MITA is a partner

An overview of Public Key Infrastructures and cryptography

With the ever increasing digital and online transactions that corporations have now been familiarized with, corporations are now relying on the use of secure technologies to control access to corporate assets and sensitive information.

Publication Date: 29/06/2017 Author: Robert Muscat, MITA Technical Services Officer within the Information Security and Compliance Department

#11: Malta Customs

The Malta Customs App provides all the necessary information for the user who needs to either calculate the imports; keep abreast with the different notices or amendments thereof, or keep informed about any custom seizing items.

Publication Date: 29/06/2017 Author: MITA

A Maltese Presidency with an impressive delivery in the digital domain

As part of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Malta has last week hosted the EU Digital Assembly 2017, through its collaboration with the European Commission.

Publication Date: 22/06/2017 Author: Melvin Farrugia, MITA Social Media, PR & Communications Executive

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