Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

National Data Centre for Academics Goes Live

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

National Data Centre for Academics Goes Live

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A £900,000 national data centre designed to support the research requirements of academics has been launched.

Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Jisc data centre will initially serve a consortium of six scientific and academic organisations in the UK. It is the country's first shared data centre for medical and academic research.

The university partners are all based in London: University College London, King's College London, the London School of Economics and Queen Mary University of London. Completing the sextet are the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, which conducts genomics and genetics research, and the Francis Crick Institute, a biomedical research centre under construction in London.

Despite the initial cluster of organisations being based in the South, Jisc says that the facility is available to universities across the UK. It claims that by moving some or all data storage to an off-campus centre, institutions are able to "free up time to spend on core business activities". …

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