MASTIC has developed the NMDS database since 1994. This database contains information on S&T human resources such as researchers and experts who are in government departments/agencies, public and private research institutes, higher learning institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private companies conducting R&D activities and other S&T services in Malaysia. The data collection was aimed to find out the availability of S&T experts and the country's R&D capability in various S&T areas.
The NMDS data is collected through a coordinator that appointed by MASTIC from each local S&T organization. Each coordinator is responsible for coordinating the data collection and updating process in NMDS. In addition, this database has an online updating platform that allows researchers to register or update their respective particulars and get validated by the coordinator.
The NMDS database contains information on HRST Profiles such as field of research (FOR), academic background, awards & recognition, publications, research projects and S&T organisations.
MASTIC uses the definition of S&T human resources based on the Canberra Manual as follows:
- A person who successfully completed education at the third level in the field of S&T; or
- A person who not formally qualified as above, but employed in a S&T occupation where the above qualifications are normally required.