The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest and most successful universities in the UK with an international reputation as a centre of academic excellence. Its international character is reflected in its student population, comprising of 2,000 European students and 3,442 International students (out of a total of 24,500 students). It can also be found in its truly international staff and in its joint research and links with overseas universities, institutes, companies and governments.
The University is the leading research university in Scotland and is amongst the top ten in the UK. The University has a long and successful tradition in participating in European Framework Programmes. This success continued during the Sixth Framework Programme with collaboration in 180 projects, award value of approximately €74M, and currently in the Seventh Framework Programme the University participates in some 187 projects with an award value of €116M.
Edinburgh will act as co-ordinator for the project, heading work packages 1 and 7, and contribute to all other WPs. COBWEB will be run out of EDINA National Datacentre based at Edinburgh University Data Library and will be able to draw on the expertise of Edinburgh Research and Innovation, a support service in the university with experience in managing large grants.
EDINA is a Joint Information Services Committee (JISC) funded national datacentre. EDINA provides the UK tertiary education and research community networked access to a library of data, information and research resources. The EDINA geoservices team consists of approximately 20 personnel who support a range of online mapping and data delivery services. EDINA has also extended its portfolio to hosting and project work, including involvement in EU funded projects.