Our culture and values

Our culture and values

We have developed a set of values that define the culture and underlying beliefs of The Data Lab.

The Data Lab’s mission is to help Scotland maximise value from data and lead the world to a data powered future.  We believe that how we do this is equally as important as the mission itself and this is why our culture and values are at the heart of everything we do.

Innovate. Support. Grow. Respect.

We are a team and community of innovators, driven to delivering The Data Lab’s mission. We do this by committing to grow and learn, supporting each other to deliver our best work and respecting everyone on the journey.

These are values that support our mission to help Scotland maximise value from data and lead the world to a data powered future.

Our 4 core values



We nurture innovation and creativity from our people and community
Encourage & facilitate collaboration.
Be curious.



We provide opportunities for learning, growth and development for our people and community.
Commit to learn.
Embrace opportunity.



We trust, enable and support each other to do the best job we can.
Transparency and openness.
Encourage healthy life.



We respect the work styles, opinions, responsibilities, space and personalities of others.
Champion diversity.
Act with integrity.

Why is it important to define our culture?

The Data Lab team and our community believe passionately in our mission to help Scotland maximise value from data and lead the world to a data powered future.  This shared mission has driven us from the launch of The Data Lab in 2014 through to the present day with a core team of over 30 staff supported by three Boards working with a community of thousands across Scotland and around the world.

In those early days our culture and values were developed implicitly as we operated as a small team.  Today, as we continue to grow the team and community, we believe that it is important to develop, communicate and share our culture and values in support of our mission.

From hiring and onboarding new colleagues to supporting their growth, running events to procuring services, funding students in our skills programmes to collaborating with partners, we aim to embed our values in everything we do.

Read more on our approach to developing culture and values at The Data Lab.

What's it like working for The Data Lab?

Read about how we’re adjusting to working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak in our blogs:
Working from home, a silver lining
A week is a long time..

Find out what the day to day jobs of some of the members of The Data Lab are like:

A Day in the Life… of the Marketing team
A Day in the Life… Shining the light on TORCH

Team members waving at DataTalent stand