News & blog

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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Move over Alexa and Google there’s a new voice assistant in town

We have teamed up with machine learning experts that are developing ‘socially engaging’ conversational abilities of the BBC’s new voice assistant. ‘Beeb’, which was launched by the national public service broadcaster in June 2020, will be enhanced by a new collaboration with us and the University of Glasgow, which will help keep it at the forefront

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Improving Scotland’s health with DSIONS by Healthy Nibbles

Healthy Nibbles are an award-winning Scottish business who provide healthy snack solutions with vending machines and snack boxes. Founder, Sara Roberts, is particularly concerned about the UK’s growing obesity rate, diabetes levels, and cardiovascular disease. As a result, the Healthy Nibbles team are currently developing a tool that will deliver real-time personalised nutrition advice, helping

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Care Home SBRI Competition Now Open

On 16th December 2020, a new SBRI competition in East Region of Scotland opened inviting companies to assess if currently collected data on residents by care homes can provide a holistic digital picture of a resident’s health, wellbeing and care needs. This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition jointly funded by the Chief

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TechFest digital - 2 events from the Data Lab

Our two events from TechFest digital

TechFest has over 35 years’ experience of promoting high quality STEM subjects and we were delighted to take part in their first digital festival this year. The work that TechFest delivers is key to making STEM accessible to young people and the wider community in Scotland, so we were also thrilled to join the roster

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Joanna McKenzie A day in the life of a data scientist

A Day in the Life… Data Scientist

Joanna McKenzie is our Principal Data Scientist in the Data Science team. She writes about the flexibility required for working as a data scientist and also managing the team. Running the Data Lab’s data science team is a busy and varied role; it is definitely true that no two days are alike! The team delivers

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Traveltech for Scotland launches new Traveltech Directory

Last week, Traveltech for Scotland launched their new Traveltech Directory! The term ‘unprecedented times’ could not be more prevalent than for those in the Tourism and Hospitality industry. Whilst many organisation begin to settle into the changes that Covid demanded, the future for tourism is still fearfully uncertain. With Scottish tier rules and expectations changing

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Data Innovation.AI: Your building designs – a unique source of data to fight COVID-19 using Decision Intelligence

Your building designs – a unique source of data to fight COVID-19 using Decision Intelligence By Robert Walker, Chief Advocacy Officer of Data Innovation.AI Ltd. Humans excel at causal reasoning, however our “neurological machinery” has limitations especially when trying to make decisions in situations of elevated risk, complexity and uncertainty: in these circumstances we resort

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Upskill your staff in data, funding available - apply now

Launch of new data upskilling scheme for the city region

Data Skills for Work have just launched a new Data Skills Credits upskilling fund for employers Are you looking to upskill your staff? Their small grants of between £500 and £5,000 will help future proof your workforce by ensuring your staff have the tools, skills and confidence to work efficiently with data – whether understanding

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