News & blog

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

Tim Peake describing wearing a spacesuit at our STEM event

Our live webinar for schoolkids with world-famous astronaut Tim Peake

Our Project Development Manager Neil Brown was determined not to disappoint the hundreds of school children who had been looking forward to their audience with the astronaut Major Tim Peake as part of DataFest20, so he organised a virtual event with the inspiring astronaut instead. Despite everyone’s disappointment around the understandable cancellation of DataFest20, due

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TORCH Business Advisory Service

What is the TORCH Business Advisory Service? – FAQs

Is your organisation looking to manage and exploit data more than they currently do? For many, translating a data strategy into practical actions can seem daunting – Where do you start? What tools do you use? How do you identify and overcome risks? In response to these worries, April saw the launch of our new

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Joanna-McKenzie managing data projects

Managing data projects

Our Principal Data Scientist, Joanna McKenzie, gives her thoughts on how to manage data projects and offers the opportunity to learn more in her video, “Managing Data Projects”. Project management in data doesn’t really have the same glamour as “data scientist”, but the longer I’ve worked with data the more important project management skills have

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Scotland has the potential to become the world's data capital

Team Scotland video – Data Innovation in Scotland

Over the past number of years we have seen an increased focus on data. From board rooms to living rooms and everywhere in between, data is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Earlier in the year we interviewed members of the data community from all over Scotland. Our aim is to highlight the depth and

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Virus and person in mask

Covid-19 response at The Data Lab

We want to help in the fight against Covid-19 by using our connections with industry, public sector, third sector and academia across Scotland and internationally to encourage collaboration and innovation to find solutions to the current outbreak. Visit our Covid-19 response page for projects, resources, links and information. Get in touch if you have any

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Creative Informatics

Creative Informatics funding opportunities for the creative industries

Creative Informatics funding opportunities for the creative industries in Edinburgh and South East Scotland – applications open now! Creative Informatics is an ambitious research and development programme based in Edinburgh, which aims to bring the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together, providing funding and development opportunities that enable creative individuals and organisations to

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A quick start guide to creating a successful online course

After 2 years of running workshops on the value of data, our Executive Education Advisor Craig Paterson wanted to develop a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in order to reach more people across the globe. After 2 years of running data workshops, how hard could developing an online course with a global reach be? Answer:

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Tips for starting a new job during the COVID-19 pandemic

Blog by Sarah Mackenzie and Lauren Spark, our two newest team members Starting a new job can be nerve-racking at the simplest of times, however, starting a new job during a global pandemic adds an extra layer of uncertainties to the mix. On the first day that the UK launched a national lockdown, The Data

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