10 May 2021

Controller gives the green light to decree for Data Observatory Foundation


● Upon the completion of this milestone, Data Observatory will release a call for new simple and strategic contributors within the public, private and academic sectors, offering participation through direct investment or through the transfer of technology, knowledge and human talent.

Santiago, May 5th, 2021.- The Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) has recorded ex-ante the statutes for the Data Observatory Foundation (DO), a nonprofit public-private-academia collaboration, led by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, and the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, together with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI), through its Faculty of Engineering and Sciences.

This milestone represents a great step forward for Data Observatory – whose directorate highly regards that the CGR has integrated the revisions proposed by the Ministries of Economy and of Science – since this ratifies a unique and valuable collaboration between the public and private sectors, and makes it possible from now on for DO to move forward with renewed physical and human resources in its quest for harnessing the maximum benefit that is possible to be obtained from public data.

Once the legal formalities are met, Data Observatory will announce a call to extend the invitation to new simple contributors and strategic contributors, the latter being able to participate in the Strategic Contributors Council under the same terms as the private founding members, either by supplying talent and knowledge transfer, the use and analysis of strategic databases, instrumentation and infrastructure – such as cloud services, laboratories, and high performance information technology – or by financing projects for innovation.

Data Observatory’s mission is based on acquiring, processing, storing, and making large volume and high-quality open datasets available, in order to contribute to the development of data science and artificial intelligence enterprises. As a result, it has been incorporated as one of the National Policy for Artificial Intelligence’s initiatives.

Launched early in the year 2020 at an ALMA Observatory site, its origin is based on the interest to be able to contribute to the closure of gaps in technological development, as well as to promote the growth of Chile’s prominence within the fourth industrial revolution. This association, as one that is unique in our country, links academia, the public sector, industry, and the civil society together in global collaborations, with the purpose of generating solutions and capabilities in Data Science -and related technologies- that are useful and that increase revenue in several economic sectors. Since its creation, it has been active in the scientific and health ecosystems, by developing different projects and partaking in collaborative initiatives with the public, private and academic sectors.

DO Project Portfolio:

Open Data Cube (earth and marine satellite data monitoring): Since the year 2020, Data Observatory and the Chilean office of the Australian agency for scientific development, CSIRO, have developed a revolutionary OpenDataCube project for earth and marine satellite monitoring in Chile, which in its initial phase used Landsat satellite data from Chile to progress in the investigation of matters such as water, drought, agriculture, red tides, and urban development, at different locations. The project will be carried out in three stages, beginning with the development of an open data cube prototype, making it completely available for Chilean society, and connecting it to other open data cubes that are being developed in Latin America.

ALeRCE (astronomical broker): ALeRCE (Automatic Learning for the Rapid Classification of Events) is a project led by the Center for Mathematic Modeling (CMM) at Universidad de Chile, and the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics (MAS), together with Data Observatory (DO) – the latter having been incorporated in the year 2020. ALeRCE aims at positioning Chile as an astronomical broker in charge of the artificial intelligence layer that will process the enormous volume of alerts generated by gigantic telescopes, such as the Vera Rubin Observatory – also called LSST due to its monitoring program – in a sustainable manner over the next ten years.

FACH Hackathon (virtual applied data science tournament for academia and society): Virtual contest organized by the Chilean Air Force’s Aerial Survey Facility (SAF), Data Observatory, and the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI), in alliance with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, the Ministry of Economy, Development, and Tourism, Amazon Web Services (AWS), CSIRO Chile – the local office for the Australian research agency – and Fundación País Digital. Developed in the year 2020, it included the participation of 47 teams that designed solutions for climate problems such as forest fires in outer metropolitan areas, glacier retraction, and wetland degradation, with the use of satellite imagery.

Earth Analysis Interoperability Lab – EAIL (open satellite data for space agencies):
In alliance with CSIRO, DO is collaborating with the development of a platform that aims at collecting open satellite data, and making it available on a new platform, which is to be used by 34 space agencies that are members of CEOS, the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites.

COVID-19 Database (support to Ministry of Science – MinCiencia – availability automation of data from the Ministry of Health). MinCiencia’s COVID-19 database on Github is a massive-use platform that offers open access to data analysis communities. In the year 2020, Data Observatory (DO) collaborated with the startup of this repository in order to promote the access and use of the database, which is fed with data from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications, the Ministry of the Environment, and data on national mobility that is supplied by third parties.

More information at www.dataobservatory.net

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