About us

The Alan Turing Institute is the national institute for data science, with headquarters at the British Library.

The Institute is named in honour of Alan Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954), whose pioneering work in theoretical and applied mathematics, engineering and computing are considered to be the key disciplines comprising the emerging field of data science.

The Alan Turing Institute Annual Report and Accounts for the period to 31 March 2016 can be viewed here.


Frequently Asked Questions


What is data science?

Data science is a rapidly growing new field which has emerged in response to the need to make sense of the billions of gigabytes of data generated globally every day, and their powerful impact on our society, economy and way of life.

In this film, we talked to the social scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, engineers, and industry and government thinkers from the Turing about what data science means to them – and why it is important to all of us.


What research does The Alan Turing Institute undertake?

Following our launch we undertook a major research process involving more than 1000 individuals, including a peer-reviewing process which looked at more than 100 research proposals.

32 workshops (capability-led) and 11 summits (user-led) were delivered over the course of a 9 months period.

This exercise involved researchers from a huge range of disciplines – digital humanities, social data science, computer science, mathematics and statistical science – as well as a range of leaders from the private, public and third sector

From this diverse map of opportunities for where our data science could potentially be applied, we have chosen those areas in which we feel we could make the most effective impact in our first year, based on our expertise and partners:

Priorities matrix

How will The Alan Turing Institute contribute to the debate on data ethics?

Understanding the societal implications of big data is one of The Alan Turing Institute’s key research priorities.

The members of our Data Ethics Group will lead our research in this area. The group will work in collaboration with the broader data science community, will support public dialogue on relevant topics, and there will be open calls for participation in workshops later this year, as well as public events.

Turing Lectures by Professor Luciano Floridi, ‘Ethics in the Age of Information’, and Professor Helen Margetts, ‘The Data Science of Politics’, provide a useful introduction to the topics around data ethics which the Turing will explore.

How can I get involved?

We run a range of events and talks. Sign up for newsletter mailing list to be kept  informed about what’s on at the Institute.

We run regular calls for Visiting Researchers to join the Institute and support our research. Look out for these on our Opportunities page.

The Alan Turing Institute is a registered charity in England and Wales no. 1162533 and a company registered in England and Wales no. 09512457, with its registered office at British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.