Government announces plans for Alan Turing Institute

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 16 April 2014
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Just four months after the pioneering mathematician, Alan Turing was pardoned following a long campaign to clear his name, the UK government has now announced plans for a world-class research institute specialising in data science dedicated to the British WW2 code-breaker.

George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, made the announcement in his Budget 2014 statement last month and the institute will be named The Alan Turing Institute for Data Science.

According to Government news, the Institute 'will benefit from a £42 million government investment over 5 years that will strengthen the UK’s aims to be a world leader in the analysis and application of big data. It will also ensure that the UK is at the forefront of data-science in a rapidly moving, globally competitive area, enabling first-class research in an environment that brings together theory and practical application' (www.gov.uk, 19th March 2014).

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The Centre for Economics and Business Research has estimated that the demand for big data could benefit the UK economy by £216 billion and create 58,000 new jobs within the UK before 2017.

The Institute itself will work closely with other e-infrastructure and big-data projects throughout the UK, such as the Open Data Institute. The location for the Institute has not yet been announced.

After his genius went unrecognised for so long, it is thought that the cutting-edge research to be expected from this Institute will be a fitting tribute to Turing.

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