WE ARE HERE TO REVOLUTIONISE SCOTTISH INDUSTRY IN HOW IT DEVELOPS AND APPLIES CUTTING-EDGE ANALYTICS AND DATA SCIENCE. WE ARE HERE TO CAPTURE NEW MARKET OPPORTUNITIES, BOOST PRODUCTIVITY AND CONNECT EXPERTS
Scotland is fortunate to have some of the best data in the world. Few other countries have the opportunity to link high quality, consistent data that has national coverage for public service improvement, economic growth and research. Scotland is well placed to be part of the data revolution, using data to deliver better outcomes for the people of Scotland.
Established with an £11.3 million grant from the Scottish Funding Council, The Data Lab will enable 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 data. The Data Lab aims to transform the way in which industry, public sector and academic institutions collaborate.
With a Scotland-wide presence and Hubs in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, it will be 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 Data Lab’s three key areas:
Collaborative Innovation; Skills & Training; and Community Building.
The Data Lab bid was industry-led, headed by the Scottish Technology Advisory Group’s Big Data Lead, ScotlandIS, Lockheed Martin, DC Thomson-owned brightsolid and SAS, one of the world’s largest software companies. The investment is projected to return a minimum of 248 new jobs and an additional £104.5 million of value to the Scottish Economy.
The Data Lab is one of the eight innovation centres funded by the Scottish Funding Council through the Innovation Centres programme. The Innovation Centre programme has been registered with the European Commission as a General Block Exemption Scheme. For more information on the IC programme and State Aid please click here.
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