UCL and Big Data: funding announcement

13 February 2014

Big Data

UCL is involved in a number of projects under the £73 million ‘Big Data’ initiative announced today by the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts MP.

Speaking at the Govnet High Performance Computing and Big Data conference in London, Mr Willetts said: “Big data is one of the eight great technologies of the future and a priority for government. It has the potential to transform public and private sector organisations, drive research and development, increase productivity and innovation, and enable market-changing products and services. 

“This funding will help the UK grasp these opportunities and get ahead in the global race.”

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

NERC will invest in 24 projects that will let the UK research community take advantage of existing environmental data for science and impact.

The two UCL-led projects announced as part of this funding are:

  • Professor Mark Maslin (UCL Geography) ‘Bioclim Global DataPlatform’
  • Professor Jan-Peter Muller (UCL Space & Climate Physics) ‘500Tb storage system for processing and distribution of Land ECVs as part of EU-FP7 project QA4ECV: Traceable quality assurance system for multi-decadal ECVs’

A full version of this news story is available on the UCL website


Department for Business, Innovation & Skills - press release

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