2 July 2021

Data Observatory launches call for new partners

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  • The new contributors may come from the public, private and academic sectors, and may be part of the Foundation through direct investment as well as the transfer of technology, knowledge, and human talent.
  • The incorporation of new partners seeks to strengthen collaboration around generating solutions and capabilities in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and related technologies, by means of accessibility, availability, and processing open data with the potential to add value in national high-impact sectors through research, innovation, and sustainable development.

Santiago, July 2nd, 2021. Starting today, Data Observatory (DO) is extending an invitation to proponents from academia, research and innovation centers, the public sector, industry, and the civil society, either as natural persons or legal entities, both national and foreign, as well as consortiums of natural persons or legal entities, both national and foreign, to submit value propositions in pursuance of being established as simple or strategic contributors of the DO Foundation.

Strategic partners will be 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, and high performance laboratories and information technology – including investment in innovation projects.

The current call will contribute to strengthening both the valuable collaboration existent between the public and private sectors, and data Observatory will be able to continue with renewed material and human resources in its quest for enhancing the profit that results from the use and application of public data to its maximum potential.

In the month of May, 2021, the Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) documented the Data Observatory (DO) Foundation statutes, a nonprofit public-private-academia collaboration being led by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, and the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, along with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI), within its Faculty of Engineering and Sciences.

“We are very enthusiastic regarding this first call that will allow for a larger amount of national and international actors from the public and private sectors to join us in building the Chile of the future. We are confident that we will receive powerful proponents with whom we will be able to accelerate both the impact and the scope of Data Observatory, in its multiple areas, ranging from infrastructure, research and innovation to education and entrepreneurship that is based on open data and artificial intelligence”, emphasizes Data Observatory’s executive director, Carlos Jerez.

The Foundation, unique in our country, aims at becoming a world leader in open data accessibility, availability, and processing, making it possible for the different actors that are present in our society to produce capabilities in the training of artificial intelligence algorithms and the professional preparation of human capital in associated areas, therefore adding value for the nation in high-impact sectors through research, innovation, and sustainable development.

Call opening: July 2nd, 2021.

Call closure (final date for presenting proposals): September 30th, 2021 at 12:00 pm, local time in Chile (GMT-4).

Selection of contributors: Maximum deadline October 31st, 2021.

About the Call: Download here

Terms of reference: Download TOR

Enquiries or further information: strategicpartners@dataobservatory.net.

Data Observatory Statutes oy Bylaws: Download here

 

Data Observatory is launching a call for new partners

Data Observatory, a public-private foundation that is unique in our country, aims at becoming a world leader in open data accessibility, availability, and processing, which will make it possible for the different actors that are present in our society to produce capabilities for training artificial intelligence algorithms, along with the professional preparation of human capital in the associated areas, thus adding value for the nation in high-impact sectors through research, innovation, and sustainable development.

Based on this purpose, Data Observatory is inviting proponents from academia, research and innovation centers, the public sector, industry, and the civil society, either as natural persons or legal entities, both national and foreign, as well as consortiums of natural persons or legal entities, both national and foreign, to submit value propositions in pursuance of being established as either strategic or simple contributors of the Foundation, and in accordance with what has been specified in the Terms of Reference obtainable at: TOR

Since it was launched in the year 2019, Data Observatory’s mission has been based on acquiring, storing, processing, analyzing, and providing availability for large-volume and high-quality datasets, in order to contribute to the development of knowledge, science, technology and innovation, thanks to data science and artificial intelligence, in areas such as astronomy, climate change, seismic activity, the availability of hydric resources, and other activities or sources that are relevant for the country.

Initially founded on the interest to contribute to bridging gaps in technological development and increase the prominence of Chile within the fourth industrial revolution, this association articulates academia, public sector, industry, and civil society together in global collaborations that aim at generating solutions and capabilities in various economic sectors. Since its creation, it has participated in scientific and health ecosystems, by developing projects and taking part in collaborative initiatives with the public, private, and academic sector.

 

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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