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Liverpool Announces £1m Big Data Training Facility

Posted by Richard Ward

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The University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University have been awarded £1 million for a new Centre for Doctoral Training in data intensive science (LIVDAT).

The award forms part of a wider £10 million investment from the Science and Technology Facilities Council to help support eight new centres across the UK.

It's recognised that while technology allows for vast amounts of data to be stored, to make sense of the information many more expert scientists are needed to ensure the UK takes full advantage.

LIVDAT will support PhD students, who will be trained to analyse data from many scientific projects, as well as to help solve issues posed by industry.

STFC's Executive Director of Programmes Professor Grahame Blair said: "This investment will not only bring on the next generation of much-needed data scientists with the skills and knowledge to become leaders in the field, it will be crucial in ensuring the UK research sector and the UK economy remains competitive on the world stage."

LIVDAT will also capitalise on the Liverpool Big Data Network, which was set up in 2013 in response to Big Data being one of 'eight great technologies'.