Astroinformatics Program – Chile: An example initiative using astronomy for economic development in Chile
The Astroinformatics Program is funded by the Ministry of Economy. Its mission is to identify and initiate measures and investments to diversify and grow Chilean digital economy, using our natural resources for Astronomy and the field data-driven challenges. According to the strategy of CORFO, the capacity to add data-driven value will be critical for competitive edges across industries over next decade, and a driver for diversification of the Chilean productive matrix. We worked with scientific and industrial communities to facilitate multi-sector agreements about what are our opportunities to achieve this mission. In our first year of work, we produced a high-level system concept that is potentially fit for increasing Chilean protagonism in Astronomy, digital capacity development, technology transfer and is sustainable from an economic point of view. This presentation is a progress report and an invitation to collaborate in the next steps of implementation.