Big data research facility, dedicated to the codebreaker, will be at centre of new Knowledge Quarter in central London A new world-class research institute for big data will be dedicated to second world war codebreaker Alan Turing. The new £42m Alan Turing Institute for Data Science, dedicated to the second world war Enigma codebreaker, is to be based at the British Library at the centre of a new Knowledge Quarter, George Osborne announced on Thursday.
The location of the world-class research institute, which will focus on the rapidly moving and globally competitive area of collecting and analysing so-called “big data”, was announced as the chancellor launched the Knowledge Quarter, a partnership of 35 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations in and around the King’s Cross and Euston area of the capital.
First announced at this year’s budget, the institute will have links with universities across the UK. It will be at the heart of the new Knowledge Quarter, which encompasses knowledge resources and expertise that range from the world’s earliest books and manuscripts to the latest fashion designs and the cutting edge of medical research.