A new big data centre designed to help global disease research has taken a step closer to reality after construction firm Mace was awarded the contract to build it.
The £52 million data centre will be built on the Old Road campus in the Headingley area of the city and house nearly 600 staff when it is complete.
It will store vast quantities of data about various diseases and ailments, which can then be used by researchers all over the world as they seek to find ways of combating all kinds of ailments.
From potential cures and sources of immunity to successful methods of restricting the spread of epidemics, the data may enable those seeking solutions to find methods that were impossible to detect without such large quantities of data.
It is not just universities that are making more use of big data, with a survey by Gartner revealing this month that 73 per cent of firms intend to invest in it over the next two years.