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Creative Use of Data Science Could Unlock Cultural Benefits

Four of Edinburgh’s leading cultural organisations are taking part in a £7.6 million initiative that could transform the city’s creative industries through innovative use of data. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, The List, Edinburgh City of Literature Trust, and New Media Scotland have set briefs to drive innovation in the cultural sector – called Challenge

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Brian Hills wins ‘Best in Class’ at UK Data 50 Awards

On Thursday 18 May, our Head of Data, Brian Hills, won ‘Best in Class’ in the Data Science, Analytics and Quality category at the Data 50 Awards in London. The Data 50 Awards is a UK initiative by Information Age, for celebrating data leadership and excellence. The list is updated annually to recognise the top

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Space Shuttle Problems: Long-term Planning Amid Changing Technology

By John Akred, CTO, Silicon Valley Data Science Many enterprises are hoping to systematically drive competitive advantage and operational efficiency by gaining insight from data. For that reason, they may be contemplating – or already well into – a “data lake” effort. These are large, complex efforts, typically focussed on integrating vast enterprise data assets

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Napier University-Spiritus Pilot Project Seeks to Demonstrate Assurance Layer for Tracking Medical Devices

The Data Lab announces the kickoff of a pilot project involving Edinburgh Napier University, NHS National Services Scotland and industry collaborator Spiritus Development Limited intended to demonstrate the benefits of a blockchain-enabled assurance layer for tracking medical devices through their lifecycle. With funding support administered by The Data Lab on behalf of the Scottish Funding

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Invitation to Tender: Coordinate Industrial Placements in Scotland for up to 130 MSc Data Science students

The Data Lab has recently launched the third cohort of MSc programmes, which includes collaborations with 11 universities from across Scotland including Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and the West of Scotland. As part of this collaborative programme, students get the opportunity to be part of Scottish Industry and gain hands-on experience by completing a

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“Top Three” from Strata Data London 2017

The Data Lab recently sent representatives to the Strata Data Conference in London. This is the UK leg of one of the world’s largest data conference series, presented by O’Reilly and Cloudera. The event was held at the gargantuan ExCel London facility near City Airport, and attendees numbered into the thousands. The general structure for

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Read our latest case study: Aggreko

Aggreko: Improving fleet reliability through data insight Glasgow-based Aggreko, Scotland’s 10th largest company, wanted to monitor and be able to predict and react to any potential generator maintenance issues to ensure it continues to deliver uninterrupted and reliable power to its global customers. The Data Lab partnered Aggreko with the University of Strathclyde who delivered

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