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

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Scottish Tourism Toolkit: Technology support with Visit Scotland

Last week, Visit Scotland launched the newest edition of the Scottish Tourism Toolkit. Created by a small group of experienced tourism professionals, the project aims to support and inspire visitor attractions and experiences across Scotland, helping them to react and implement solutions to the new virtual world post-Covid. The Data Lab – Championing Scotland’s tourist

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MSc Placement Programme Success Stories: Georgios Orfanakis

Georgios Orfanakis joined the Data Lab MSc placement programme in May 2020, while undertaking his course in Data Science at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University (RGU). When the global pandemic struck, RGU moved its courses online and Georgios returned to his native Greece to complete his studies. The pandemic lockdown meant that he had to complete his 12-week

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Innovators ready to drive green revolution

The countdown to COP26 is about to begin. On November 3, The Herald will be partnering with Scotland’s Innovation Centres in organising a one day virtual conference exploring how Scottish businesses can collaborate together and respond in the run up to the gathering. As a small country, Scotland doesn’t often get the chance to host events

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We have a new Head of Business Development: Mark Wilkinson

We have appointed a new Head of Business Development

We are delighted to welcome Mark Wilkinson to our team! With more than 25 years’ experience in senior data and analytic roles within a number of global businesses, Mark Wilkinson joins The Data Lab from Teradata, where he led a multi-disciplinary team to deliver high impact business outcomes for customers through the use of data

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MSc student Raymond Martin: Why firms should support extra learning post-Covid

Why firms should support extra learning post-Covid

Raymond Martin is a graduate of The Data Lab’s MSc Programme at Edinburgh Napier University. He believes that the power of academic learning combined with business is incredible. For me, it’s had a transformative impact on my career. When I first started in customer insights, my knowledge was superficial and developed through on-the-job learning. I was

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Could you answer a Creative Informatics Challenge Project?

Creative Informatics are looking for individuals and SMEs working in Edinburgh and South East Scotland that have the skills to provide data-driven solutions to Challenge Projects set by six leading creative and cultural organisations. National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh Science, Pianodrome, Children’s Parliament, Vintage Vibes, and The Big Light were selected as Challenge Holders in

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A Day In The Life… Shining the light on TORCH

Rhona MacLennan is our Principal Solutions Architect, working in the TORCH team. Here she writes about her work and daily life as part of The Data Lab Innovation Centre. Working as part of the TORCH team within The Data Lab offered me the unique chance to build and deliver a new business advisory service focused

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Scottish tourism receives hi-tech boost to help smooth road to recovery

A new organisation has just launched to help Scotland’s beleaguered tourism sector make a sustained recovery driven by technological innovation. It will build a support network for travel technology pioneers whose ingenuity could help turn the sector around following the devastating impacts of Covid-19. The venture will create opportunities for businesses, including digital tour operators, online

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We are on-hand to help the energy industry innovate through data

Blog by Cameron Gordon, business development executive, The Data Lab Despite its rich heritage of engineering ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit, the oil and gas industry has been traditionally slow to adopt new technology. However, following the protracted downturn in recent years, this changed dramatically with companies much more open to collaborate on new technology and

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