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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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The Data Lab MSc Challenge Competition – Meet the winners!

The inaugural Data Lab MSc Challenge Competition came to an end on Sunday 21st May, after the final 48 hour hackathon and judging ceremony. The competition, which included three hack events during the academic year, brought all 90 students funded by The Data Lab’s MSc programme from seven Scottish universities together and challenged them to

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Inaugural DataFest17 a success

Last week marked the inaugural DataFest17, the first festival of data innovation underlining Scotland’s strength within the ever growing global data landscape. Building up on the success of Data Talent Scoltand last year, we decided to go big this year. As an innovation centre, our mission is to innovate, to be bold, and to set

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Learning Journey: Strata Data Conference, New York

The Data Lab, in collaboration with Scottish Development International (SDI), are delighted to support a limited number of places to attend the Strata Data Conference: Make Data Work in New York, taking place from 26 to 28 September 2017. Passes for the conference will be supplied by The Data Lab. Strata Data Conference is a

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New job site targets Scotland’s booming digital technologies industry

A new free-to-use job site has been launched by, targeting the growing digital technologies sector in Scotland. The industry is currently experiencing rapid growth; a recent survey by ScotlandIS found that 82% of Scotland’s digital technologies businesses expect sales to increase in 2017. 78% of firms forecast that they will hire more staff this

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Edinburgh Tourism Innovation Challenge

Edinburgh’s tourism industry is a powerhouse and one of the most important economic sectors in Scotland, delivering £1.3 billion of spend and supporting more than 30,000 local jobs1. These figures are rising: in the last 5 years, visitor spending has increased by 30% and visitor numbers have reached 3.85 million2. With this high growth, challenges

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