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Professionals from the ULS Institutional Analysis Office were in charge of guiding the workshop where they showed the PDI team the software tools, hardware and the evolution of the analysis strategies of large volumes of data.

Within the framework of the “BIG DATA ULS: Digital Transformation of the Coquimbo Region” project, which was awarded by the University of La Serena in December of 2018, through the Mineduc Regional Higher Education financing line - which seeks to transfer Information products for effective decision-making among agents of the regional territory-, is that the Director and professionals of the Directorate of Strategic Development and Quality (DIDEC) of the house of studies met with officials of the Office of Criminal Analysis of Elqui Provincial Prefecture of the Investigation Police, with the clear purpose of sharing experiences and working collaboratively in the analysis of large volumes of data.

pdi 2On the occasion, DIDEC professionals showed the tools that are used for data analysis - a unit that already has 9 years of operation - and that has specialized in working with large volumes of data and information, since the use of analytical and business intelligence hardware and software for these processes, as well as the organization of analysis model designs.

For the Director of Strategic Development and Quality of the ULS, Dr. César Espíndola, “this instance is another important opportunity for the University of La Serena to link and share knowledge with the institutions of the regional territory, since as well as the PDI there are other institutions that from their own functions are also faced with work with large volumes of information and are collaborating in this project. Thus, on this day we have carried out a specific workshop to present the analysis work and the strategies that each of the institutions carries out based on their objectives ”.

The manager added that “this work day is the first step in a relationship of collaboration and exchange of technical experience and technology transfer in modeling, analysis, collection and treatment of information with the tools used by each unit and projected in the framework of the execution of the BIG DATA ULS initiative and is part of the digital transformation agenda of this house of higher studies, adopting it as a tool to improve its management processes both academic and administrative ”.

From the Government, special emphasis has been given to the Digital Transformation Agenda, which will continue with the progress made in the so-called Digital Agenda 2020, which will integrate new measures, with a focus on accelerating the process of appropriation and use of technologies in all areas of action of society.

pdi 3That is why the PDI has also added to this challenge, where data analysis is vital for the institution, since they have a Criminal Analysis Center in Santiago; however, they are also providing the different provinces and communes with analysis capabilities. From there that a year ago the prefecture has an analysis office that is working on training its analysts and installing processes and handling information processing and, in that task, which is an innovation work of the same PDI, they are looking for strategic allies that allow him to accelerate this work ”.

Regarding the approach to the police institution, Dr. Espíndola said that “it is an exercise that is being replicated in different parts of the country, but the Elqui Provincial PDI is a pioneer in this approach to a higher education institution, and as a university of The State of Chile is available within the framework of this initiative where the ULS shares knowledge to improve people's well-being ”.

The head of the Elqui Provincial PDI Analysis Office, Deputy Commissioner José Fuentes, stressed that “for us this meeting has been very beneficial, exploring a new area and where the University of La Serena has been a benchmark from the point of view of the analysis of information. The ULS has experience and we, through the Office of Analysis, are taking the recommendations of the professionals ”.

Both institutions were committed to continue with the workshops and make practical meetings, where professionals from the ULS Institutional Analysis Office will be in charge of guiding the police officers who are currently working in the analysis and treatment of large volumes of data.

Written by Patricia Castro, DirCom