The functions of research and data collection are crucial for the improvement of any organization. Conducting the research can assist in knowing the comprehensive process of any subject whereas the data collection contributes to correct decisions and planning.
Generally, Myanmar does not have the practice of collecting data in all subjects. Hence, the country has a weakness in data. Such weakness can be found not only at present but also during the past successive governments. The country does not have proper records. There is one of the significant points, which the records were erased during the time the country was under servitude.
If so, one seeks the reference, one may face hardship to find it. Some of the information can be discovered in the English version publications. Some of the records were written on palm leaves, and most of them are traditional medicine treatises.
Moreover, most people do not know the value of ancient objects and data. If they do not understand or accept that something is not related to them, they would close and lock it up. They do not try to understand such kinds of objects. Hence, the chains of data are lost gradually.
For example, some rare documents of the National Museum are in Yangon but Nay Pyi Taw. Some of the materials in connection with culture are in Yangon while others are in Nay Pyi Taw. Relevant departments and organizations need to distribute the proper copies of the ancient data such as microfilms, departmental databases and records on paper related to bodies on time. If so, all the data are reachable for researchers and these can be collected in a short period.
Indeed, departmental officials, researchers and those related to the data collection process need to have a wider scope of knowledge on the importance of keeping records, which show how the ministries, functions, national economy and business models changed and developed.
Indeed, departmental officials, researchers and those related to the data collection process need to have a wider scope of knowledge on the importance of keeping records, which show how the ministries, functions, national economy and business models changed and developed. What are the changes in development in rice, beans, edible oil, and rubber cultivation methods? How do rubber products change? To know, they all need records.
Studying the data can shrink the timeframe of gaining experiences from data and records which last for decades. All the researchers and departmental officials need to shrink the timeframe with a collection of data to be studied contributing it to the development of the nation.