The Ministry of Justice is spending more than $1 million on a new data warehouse centre in Wellington. The project has received funding approval for this financial year, and the ministry is conducting a scoping study to decide whose technology to use.
Development should be complete by year-end, with the system being built or almost complete by mid-2002.
Work on the centre will be spearheaded by a new chief information officer the ministry is seeking, to replace Dean Martin, who recently left for another government department.
At present the ministry uses SAS software for data manipulation, but the new system will be more comprehensive, covering the entire justice sector, including the Department of Courts, Department of Corrections and the Land Transport Safety Authority.
Deputy secretary of corporate services Miriama Evans says the warehouse will enable the ministry to project what might happen in future or evaluate better what has happened in the past. Issues might include prison populations, youth justice issues, in fact anything “using high quality data”.
Evans says the government is looking to decommission several departments in the law enforcement system, so each are setting up their own information systems for data. But systems will have to be able to talk to each other across the relevant sectors.
Evans says the CIO will need to oversee the information services, management and co-ordinate the way the justice sector responds to managing the data flow. “The CIO will contribute to ensure that none of us drop the ball.”
Evans has no preconceived ideas as to what previous role the successful candidate maybe doing now. “But they need to be a really good strategic thinker, a good manager, with IT knowledge,” she says.
The Wellington-based job will also include working on e-government matters, developing related projects, and “probably” pay more than $100,000. Applications close on Friday.