19 June 2020

A terrestrial and maritime satellite observation platform will be the next Data Observatory project in Chile


The announcement marks the debut of Australia’s scientific and industrial organization, CSIRO, as a new strategic partner of the Data Observatory Foundation, a public-private, non-profit initiative created by the Economy Ministry in conjunction with the Science Ministry, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI). After its creation in 2019 with a pilot project inspired by astronomy, this new platform would position Chile as a leader in the exploration of open source “data cubes” in Latin America.

Based on an open source data cube access model from Australia’s leader in Data Science innovation, CSIRO; Data Observatory Foundation announced the development of a second project, this time based on satellite monitoring of the land. The initiative constitutes a Terrestrial and Maritime Observation Platform, and will be financed by Australia in alliance with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC), between 2019 and 2021, reporting profits of up to $ 5.2 million for our country

Using the satellite data and in a revolutionary alliance between the Data Observatory Foundation and CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and Australia’s National Computing Infrastructure, the information generated by the world’s first open source “Data Cube” and brings with it a set of pre-built scripts and tools that make it easier to integrate and use, combining cloud computing infrastructures and specialized data systems that enable better decisions to be made and more assertive policies and strategies to be developed on topics as varied as global warming, water shortage, tidal monitoring, telluric behavior, among others.

As an antecedent in infrastructure, the EASI Platform -Earth Analytics and Science Innovation-, in Spanish “Earth Analysis and Scientific Innovation”, is built on the open source data cube and offers real, updated and reliable information, in addition of tools to analyze large volumes of data and information crossings, and is capable of automatically scaling its processing power to deliver local, regional or global indicators. This type of technology enables a new wave of digital innovation applicable in various industries and sectors, such as agriculture, mining, geology and oceanography. Thanks to Data Science or data science, it is also possible to incorporate intelligence into the analysis layer of this large volume of information.

Samuel Varas, executive director of the Data Observatory Foundation, points out the importance of this path in innovation towards a future and a sustainable economy, capable of meeting business requirements and building an eco-responsible society. “Chile is a natural laboratory with privileged conditions in biodiversity that includes climatic and environmental extremes, from desert areas to glaciers, and that together with state-of-the-art technologies could provide answers with predictive strategies to face global challenges.” The first Data Observatory (DO) project was carried out based on the information gathered by astronomy and this time the gaze will turn towards our planet, helping to solve problems as urgent as global warming.

Satellite, terrestrial and marine observation represents an important opportunity for Chile in the management of nature events.

From the application of this project, our country would access revenues of 4.2 to 5.2 million dollars. The project would be implemented in three stages; the first partially insured through 18-month financing from the Government of Australia through the Asia-Pacific Economic Community (APEC), including access to the open source data cube and a series of regional trainings for its use; a second stage in which specific applications compatible with the data cube will be delivered to the DO, possibly intelligence in areas such as climate, water, agriculture, mining and aquaculture, in addition to prototypes of new business models with local partners; and a third stage, aimed at identifying opportunities to scale this model in other countries in the Americas, such as Colombia, Mexico and Brazil.

More about Data Observatory

Data Observatory (DO) is a public-private, non-profit collaboration created by the Ministry of Economy together with the Ministry of Science, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Adolfo Ibáñez University (UAI) with the mission of acquiring, processing , store and make available data sets to contribute to the development of science, technology, innovation, knowledge and economic development due to their volume, nature and complexity. More information at dataobservatory.net

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