The Data Lab enables industry, public sector and world-class university researchers to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment. Its core mission is to generate significant economic, social and scientific value from big data.
With a Scotland-wide presence and Hubs in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is in close proximity to leading industry and university institutions with world-class research in informatics and computer science. Hubs are focused on building relationships locally and delivering a range of activities that span across the three key areas:
The main focus of The Data Lab is to strengthen Scotland’s local industry and transfer world-leading research in informatics and computer science into the global marketplace.
The skills needed to exploit the data opportunity are in great demand and short supply. The Data Lab will work with industry and seek to create a pipeline of talented data scientists, equipped with the relevant skills.
The Data Lab connects world-leading researchers and data scientists with local industry and public sector organisations, giving them access to experts who can help collaborate on solutions to key problems.
The Data Lab have a highly motivated, progressive team who are taking innovative approaches to build a highly skilled Scottish data community through the delivery of training, conferences, project funding and interactions between industry and academia. Our on-going collaboration with The Data Lab has given us insight into the benefits that big data and data science can deliver, and has allowed us to develop advanced analytic capability and shape our data strategy.
One thing I can say is your support to us has been phenomenal. You've given us a space to work when our office fell through. You've championed us to the Scottish business community. You've facilitated our meeting with local energy professionals. You've funded part of our research. I could go on. You've simply been amazing!
The Data Lab are very passionate and skilled in organising their events. It is great to see how their efforts to make data science community network and to think outside of industry research are working and keep inspiring more people.
The trip was VERY useful to immerse me into the current data science ecosystem. As someone who works at a strategic level, but has a technical computer science background, it’s immediately helped me learn the language of data science and will significantly improve my ability to work on our direction at a strategic level, while understand the nuts of bolts of what’s going on around data in our business.
LarderLoad has been working with Edinburgh Napier University to develop a unique way of optimising the food supply chain serving the restaurant, bar and café market. We have made great progress since accessing the data analytics expertise provided by the academic team.
The team feel very strongly that the guidance The Data Lab gave us when we were putting together our proposal helped enormously - both in forming the partnerships and in developing the proposal content. The turn-around was quick, and since then they have provided just the right touch to help us move forward with the work.
Dr John N Wilson
Working with the Datalab has been fantastic for my organisation and the support and contacts made have been invaluable. We have worked closely on a number of exciting projects and ideas, and looking forward to working on many more!
Amiqus worked with the Data Lab to accelerate the progress of our initial product proof of concept. The Data lab made introductions to key academic partners, facilitated the necessary IP arrangements and kept an eye on the project as we progressed. The application process was robust but straightforward and in 6 months we've commercialised academic expertise and made several key connections directly as a result of the project and support provided by The Data Lab.