The University of Edinburgh (UEDIN) is a major European University. It hosts a leading Astronomy research centre at the Royal Observatory, with the University's Institute for Astronomy (IfA) on the same site as the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, owned by the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC). The IfA, as well as conducting front rank research in cosmology, active galaxies, galactic structure, and star and planet formation, operates the Wide Field Astronomy Unit which provides state of the art science

archives for some of the world's largest astronomical databases.  As well as this astronomical expertise, Edinburgh is world renowned for both theoretical and applied computer science, having hosted the UK's National e-Science Centre, the Digital Curation Centre and several successive national supercomputing facilities through the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre.