Sir Nigel Shadbolt is a professor of computer science at the University of Oxford and principal of Jesus College. He is also the chairman and co-founder of the Open Data Institute.

Since 2009, Sir Nigel has acted as an information adviser to the UK government, helping transform public access to government information, including the widely acclaimed site. With more than 500 publications, he researches and publishes on computer science, artificial intelligence, open data and web science. He has also worked in philosophy, psychology and linguistics. Since 2000, he has secured 17 projects as principal investigator, with a value of more than £20 million. He is currently principal investigator on a £6.14 million program grant funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to research the theory of social machines — web-scale problem-solving systems comprising large numbers of humans and computers. In 2013, he was awarded a knighthood for services to science and engineering.

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