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

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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Next Cancer Innovation Challenge funding competition launched

The competition brief for the next Cancer Innovation Challenge funding competition has been launched. The competition will be to find Innovative data science solutions to improve cancer care and outcomes in Scotland. Organisations in the EU can apply for a share of £425,000 through a two phase funding competition. The application process opened on Friday

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Save the Date: DataFest18

DataFest is back! Thanks to the great success of the inaugural DataFest17, plans for DataFest18 are already well underway. Now in its second year, DataFest will showcase Scotland’s leading role in data on the international stage, while offering an unprecedented networking platform where you can interact with local and international talent, industry, academia and data

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First group of Fringe Events announced for DataFest18

We are delighted to announce the first group of selected Fringe Events that will play a part in DataFest18. The Fringe Events will be a part of over 30 events being held all over Scotland from the 19th “ 23rd of March. We are delighted with the quality of events that we are bringing you

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Data Summit programme announced!

The programme for Data Summit, the two-day international conference that forms a key part of the inaugural DataFest17 being held in Scotland in March, has now been announced under the banner #DataChangesEverything. The first day of the summit, 23 March, will focus on ‘proof’ – current applications, experience and challenges in delivering value from data.

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