Today we are facing a great technological revolution in which the value and availability of large volumes of data, the development of the capacity to learn from them and the technologies that make it all possible are critical to the social well-being of nations. Chile and Latin America have the opportunity to take an important step along this line.

Data Observatory (DO) was created to help close gaps in technological development and increase the role of our country in the fourth industrial revolution. As a public-private non-profit organization, the DO seeks to maximize the benefit we obtain from the public data, of global value and unique that are being generated in our country. In this way, it contributes to making Chile the capital of Data Science.

The DO is an innovative development engine that links academia, the public sector, industry and civil society in global collaborations, generating solutions and capacities in Data Science and related technologies that are useful and have returns in various sectors of the economy. In this way, through strategic alliances the DO is already exploring the opportunities opened up by open source “data cubes” in various areas of science and economics.

Thus, this project seeks to unite and consolidate efforts between actors belonging to different productive and knowledge sectors, being led in its initial stage by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation; the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism; Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez University (UAI).

These actors participate in the DO through the transfer of knowledge and talent, strategic databases, instrumentation and infrastructure – such as cloud services, laboratories and high-performance computing – and also financing for innovation projects.