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

DataFest21 Launch event 25th March 2021

Join us as we launch DataFest21

DataFest is back for 2021 and we’ll be starting the year off with a fantastic free virtual event on the 25th of March We will have a speaker addressing climate change and a discussion panel that will set the scene for our three themed DataFest weeks – #OurFuture, #OurPeople and #OurPlanet. The event will also

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DIGIT interview: TORCH supporting businesses during the pandemic

When we launched our new Business Advisory Service TORCH in 2020, the UK was just weeks into its first national lockdown, throwing businesses into disarray and changing everyone’s approach to the way we use tech. Our TORCH team (and the goals for the service) had to adapt quickly and, whilst they did so, we also

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Funding for Data Literacy

New funding to support data literacy for Scottish SMEs

Initially launched in Edinburgh and south-east Scotland through the City Region Deal, The Data Lab’s Data Skills for Work programme has been awarded an additional £100k of funding to roll out our Data Skills Credits across Scotland to support the SME workforce to upskill and reskill. We have funding available for employers and for training

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MSc Placement Funding

SME funding available to invest in data

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement of a further £1M investment in The Data Lab to help businesses invest in data analytics and AI, we are delighted to announce £300K of funding available to support SMEs to progress on their data journeys. This opportunity will fund placements with postgraduate masters students, allowing them to undertake short data

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why excel spreadsheets are bad for business

Why Excel spreadsheets are bad for business: data errors & solutions

Our TORCH team explain why Excel spreadsheets are bad for business (alongside other spreadsheet tools), why people continue to use them, and how to tap into affordable alternatives … Spreadsheets became a business staple in the 1980s; a familiar tool that the majority of individuals feel relatively comfortable using to this day. Type ‘Spreadsheets for

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Barry Leaper LiberEat managing director

We are launching a groundbreaking partnership with LiberEat to analyse diet and allergy trends

Health agencies around the world could soon have a better understanding of diet and allergy trends thanks to our innovative new partnership with Robert Gordon University and LiberEat – the Scottish company behind the eponymous app providing restaurant and grocery dietary advice. More health-related data is being generated than ever before, especially through mobile apps. However,

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DataFest 2021 Save the date 25th March

Save the date – DataFest 2021 launches on the 25th of March!

We’re delighted to announce that DataFest is returning for 2021 and kicks off on the 25th of March with a free virtual launch, including a keynote talk from a very special guest speaker. DataFest 2021 will feature events throughout the year, running from March to November, that will showcase some of the most innovative ideas,

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Futureproof Your Career With Data Skills Credits

Data Skills Credits – How to Future-Proof Your Career

The world of work in 2021 would be unfathomable to someone twenty, ten, or even five years ago. Technology is advancing at an unparalleled pace, which means companies’ priorities are changing just as quickly. One thing stays constant, however – that companies are becoming more and dependent on, savvy to, and interested in data. To

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