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Government publishes Open Data Institute plans

ComputerWorldUK - The new Open Data Institute will initially support start-ups that use open data to drive economic growth.

The government has today published its plans to establish an Open Data Institute (ODI) in East London.

The Open Data Institute, which will be co-directed by creator of the World Wide Web Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt, was first announced by Chancellor George Osborne last November in his Autumn Statement.

The government has committed up to £10 million over five years to support the ODI, which has been developed with the Technology Strategy Board.

It hopes to receive matched funding from the private sector, for example through corporate sponsorship, donations, research grants and other paid work.

Based in Shoreditch in East London’s Tech City, the institute is scheduled to open for business by September 2012.