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Read the latest news and blogs from The Data Lab and Scotland’s data science community.

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Digital Developments for Tourism During Lockdown: Mercat Tours

Scottish Tourism has taken a heavy hit since the Coronavirus crisis started to unfold. Edinburgh’s iconic castle saw visitor numbers drop by 87.2% (Source: and many of the smaller attractions are still at risk of closing for good whilst the country battles to get back on its feet. Nobody could blame business owners for

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MSc Success Stories – Congratulations Year of 2020-21

Our marvellous MSc students have made it! Congratulations to all of our 2020-21 students who have now completed their The Data Lab MSc programme.  It is no mean feat to complete an MSc in normal times – so what our students have accomplished this year, during a global pandemic, is exceptional!  They have battled through,

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Job offers and growth plans for Peachy Mondays with TORCH

We wanted to know what technology we could leverage to make better use of our data? And, what outputs can we get from it?” – Craig Bartholomew, Peachy Mondays Technical Director   Leading employee feedback platform, Peachy Mondays, already had a clear idea of the systems they wanted to migrate towards to further their customer

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Join The Data Lab Community! 

Following a successful pilot programme with over 200 members – drawn from a wide range of industries, sectors and experience levels – we’re now accepting applications for the full launch of The Data Lab Community on 6th September 2021.  What is The Data Lab Community?  The Data Lab Community is our new digital community, created

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Let’s (Not) Leave Data Science to the Computer Science Students

Guest blog written by Aidan Wallace who undertook his MSc in Big Data at University of Stirling  When anyone first hears the words “data science” come up in conversation they probably assume it is an extension of computing science or mathematics that is largely reserved for computing scientists, mathematicians and statisticians that already have an

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MSc success stories: Aidan Wallace

MSc Success Stories: Aidan Wallace

MSc story piece written by Aidan Wallace who undertook his MSc in Big Data at the University of Stirling  Taking time to reflect and navigating through my journey As I come to the closing months of my first year as a PhD student, I find myself looking back on how I got here in the

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Insight Futures: Data for climate action

When it comes to climate solutions, are ‘supply’ and ‘demand’ sides communicating as well they could be? Glasgow based Insight Futures have a new proposition; one that would enable benchmarking and learning around climate action. Their aim is to simplify and accelerate the work towards more sustainable cities and buildings. TORCH Solutions Architect, Iain Henderson,

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A Data Lab MSc Student’s take on data science soft skills

Guest blog by The Data Lab MSc student, Warren Smith who studied an MSc Data Science for Business at Stirling University, 2019-20 The Data Lab MSc Programme is all about supporting our students on their way to becoming the data scientists of the future. Yes we provide 155 full fee scholarships annually for data science

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Dram Communications is making the world a better place with data

 … what’s really got us excited is the community benefit focus; an opportunity to do the right thing by using data to help solve societal issues in a more sophisticated way.   Dram Communications (DC) is an independently owned, corporate communications business based in Scotland. A lot of their work involves developing evidence for clients

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