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24 May 2012, 16:17

UK government supports Open Data Institute with £10 million

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The UK government has pledged that it will support the planned Open Data Institute (ODI) with £10 million over the next five years. The institute is being created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of HTML and chairman of the W3C, and Nigel Shadbolt, professor for artificial intelligence at the University of Southampton. The ODI plans to open its doors in September and will be studying ways of making use of the increasing amounts of public data being released by the government.

The institute was first announced in November 2011, and since then, a full implementation planPDF for the institution has been released. The document outlines plans for the institute to train interested parties in the handling of large amounts of data, but the organisation is also meant to act as a type of incubator for startups that want to use the information published by the government.

According to current plans, the ODI will be located in Shoreditch, near "Silicon Roundabout", which has become established as a hub for technology-related startups.

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