The Data Lab enables industry, public sector and world-class university researchers to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment. Its core mission is to generate significant economic, social and scientific value from big data.
With a Scotland-wide presence and Hubs in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is in close proximity to leading industry and university institutions with world-class research in informatics and computer science. Hubs are focused on building relationships locally and delivering a range of activities that span across the three key areas:
The main focus of The Data Lab is to strengthen Scotland’s local industry and transfer world-leading research in informatics and computer science into the global marketplace.
The skills needed to exploit the data opportunity are in great demand and short supply. The Data Lab will work with industry and seek to create a pipeline of talented data scientists, equipped with the relevant skills.
The Data Lab connects world-leading researchers and data scientists with local industry and public sector organisations, giving them access to experts who can help collaborate on solutions to key problems.
LarderLoad has been working with Edinburgh Napier University to develop a unique way of optimising the food supply chain serving the restaurant, bar and café market. We have made great progress since accessing the data analytics expertise provided by the academic team.
Working with The Data Lab has been a breath of fresh air, in comparison to some of the other organisations we have worked with. There are two main reasons for this, firstly that they really get to know the project, the people and the forward potential of the proposed outcomes. Secondly, that they have removed the red tape and management reporting headache to a minimum, making it an efficient and enjoyable process. I could not recommend them more strongly.
One thing I can say is your support to us has been phenomenal. You've given us a space to work when our office fell through. You've championed us to the Scottish business community. You've facilitated our meeting with local energy professionals. You've funded part of our research. I could go on. You've simply been amazing!
With the development of our Late Life Planning Portal for the Decommissioning Industry, we have working with The Data Lab to explore potential new ways of using data to enhance and help drive cost efficiency in the decommissioning process. The Data Lab have provided valuable support in scoping how we can achieve these objectives through Data Science and we will continue to with work them to help bring innovation to the industry.
The Data Lab have opened up opportunities for us that would never have happened otherwise. It has been amazing how rapidly they move, and how quickly science can get turned into impact with their support.
Professor Mathew Williams
Apr 11, 2017
Apr 10, 2017