Sir Nigel Shadbolt

Chairman and Co-Founder

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute.

Nigel is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and Principal of Jesus College, Oxford, and visiting Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton.

With over 400 publications and 18,000 citations to his work, Nigel has researched topics ranging from cognitive psychology to computational neuroscience, artificial intelligence to the semantic web. He was one of the originators of the interdisciplinary field of Web Science and is a Director of the Web Science Trust, which seeks to advance our understanding of the web and promote its positive impact on society. Nigel is the Principal Investigator of SOCIAM, a £6m project from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council which seeks to understand social machines.

In 2009 the Prime Minister appointed Nigel and Sir Tim Berners-Lee as Information Advisors to transform access to public sector information. This work led to the highly acclaimed site that now provides a portal to over 20,000 datasets.

In May 2010 Nigel was asked by the UK Coalition Government to join the Public Sector Transparency Board, which oversees open data releases across the public sector. In April 2011 he became Chair of the UK Government’s midata programme, established to empower consumers by releasing their data back to them. In the November 2011 Autumn statement he was awarded £10m funding via the Technology Strategy Board to set up the Open Data Institute with Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

In November 2015 Nigel was appointed by the Minister of the Cabinet Office to the UK Government’s Data Policy Group.