CMM researchers joined workshop of the Ministerio de Bienes Nacionales to normalize public geospatial data

CMM researchers joined workshop of the Ministerio de Bienes Nacionales to normalize public geospatial data

The Center for Mathematical Modeling at Universidad de Chile hosted the ‘Information and Standards Workshop 2018: IDE Chile working groups: Establishing standardized geographic information for decision making and the development of the country’, organized by the Sistema Nacional de Información Territorial (SNIT) under the Ministerio de Bienes Nacionales.

The event, held at the Enrique D’Etigny auditorium, aimed to disseminate the work of the Information Standardization Groups in the national geospatial community.

“We are mandated by all state agencies to work with standardized data to be able to interoperate with other systems,” explained Macarena Pérez, SNIT executive secretary. “This information will allow us to plan public policies.”

For James McPhee, vice-dean of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, “this convergence of actors who have a common theme is appreciated. The advent of geospatial data has changed the way we do engineering and management. “

He raised the importance of this meeting to obtain more accurate and standardized data, a key factor for public policies to have citizen legitimacy and to innovate: “Innovation that represents new and different sources of information require new approaches to work for that information”.

Jaime San Martín, scientific director of the National Laboratory of High-Performance Computing, announced the scope of the agreement that Bienes Nacionales and the University will sign to use the capacity of Leftraru, the most powerful supercomputer in Chile, to through the installation of a geonet and the storage of territorial information for the benefit of the institutions that are part of the Working Group of Images of the Geospatial Data Infrastructure (IDE) Chile that generate and use geospatial information.

“The data has always been important in decision-making, but today we have a huge flowering in the good use of this data,” he said before announcing Leftraru will quadruple its capacity reaching 5148 cores and a RAM of 21.3 terabytes.


The CMM has been invited to the IDE meetings within the framework of Copernicus Chile, a reference center that provides coordination and national dissemination of Earth observation and monitoring initiatives. This Project offers information and help regarding the resources of the Copernicus program of the European Union, which is putting into orbit a series of 12 satellites called Sentinels to observe the Earth and contribute to continuously provide quality information about our planet, its environment and the systems that support its operation free and free.

“Chile has decided to join forces with Copernicus, signing an agreement with the European Union that allows it to keep all data from the Sentinel satellites online and in Chile, available to all who wish to use them,” explained Florencio Utreras, researcher CMM leader of the project with Jaime Ortega.

For Ortega, “the University of Chile, assuming its role as a public entity that contributes to the benefit of the country, has offered its help and has signed an agreement with the State of Chile to maintain and operate this database for the benefit of our country” .

Posted on Sep 27, 2018 in Frontpage, News