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EU puts €14.4m into UK-inspired open data movement

Computer Weekly - The EU is placing €14.4m (£11m) in three open data initiatives. One of the projects builds on a startup programme fostered by the London-based Open Data Institute, which was founded by Nigel Shadbolt and Tim Berners-Lee with £10m of UK government funding in 2012.

The EU will invest €7.8m in a Europe-wide incubator, €3.7m in a web data research network and €2.9m in an academy to train data scientists.

Gavin Starks, ODI CEO, said: “This is a decisive investment by the EU to create open data skills, build capabilities, and provide fuel for open data startups”.

The 30-month incubator programme will be funded through the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, which has a chest of €80 billion to spend over seven years (2014 to 2020).