Guest blog written by Graham McGowan, Principal Information Analyst at Covid Data & Analytics Service. As a Public Health Scotland (PHS) information analyst, I’ve had a front row seat to the data and intelligence response from our organisation to keep the public, leaders in government and the health service informed on the latest progress of […]
How to Adapt Voice Assistants for People with Dementia and People Affected by Sight Loss
Guest blog by Angus Addlesee, one of the showcase presenters at the DataTech during DataFest21’s Our People week. The Benefits of Voice Assistants Voice Assistants (like Siri or Amazon Alexa) are now commonplace and can be really useful. For example, my hands were covered in flour the other day as I made pizza. I would […]
Let’s (Not) Leave Data Science to the Computer Science Students
Guest blog written by Aidan Wallace who undertook his MSc in Big Data at University of Stirling When anyone first hears the words “data science” come up in conversation they probably assume it is an extension of computing science or mathematics that is largely reserved for computing scientists, mathematicians and statisticians that already have an […]
Data visualisation, bias and data storytelling
During Innovation Week 2021, our MSc students were lucky to have a keynote talk from Gavin Allan, BI & Data Science at Barclays Corporate Banking about data visualisation. He has put together some of the highlights from his talk for you now and we have included a recording of his keynote talk below. One thing that has […]
What’s it like being a Graduate Data Engineer during COVID-19?
What’s it like starting a new career in lockdown? How well did university prepare you for a job in technology? How do you explain data engineering to friends and family? We sat down with two of Optima Connect’s graduate data engineers to find out. By Caz Stanton and Anna Skelly, Optima Connect Q1. How did […]
What’s it like to be incubated by an Innovation Centre?
To celebrate National Co-working Day, Alex Hutchison – the Delivery Director for the Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF – has written about her experience of working with The Data Lab The Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF is ready to go to school. The time has come for the Data for Children Collaborative with […]
Data driven innovation and Nesta’s new 10 year strategy
Adam Lang, Head of Nesta in Scotland, spoke to The Data Lab recently about the new 10 year strategy that they have recently launched. We were so inspired by his talk that we asked him to share their new mission objectives with you as well – perhaps you’ll think of a way you could work […]
Closing Scotland’s Data Gap in Health & Social Care
Steph Wright, Director of Health & Wellbeing Engagement from The Data Lab participated in the steering group of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s (SCDI) Mind the Gap report on big data and the health economy. Here we invite David Kelly, Policy Manager at SCDI to tell us a bit more about the report. David Kelly […]
What schools can do to close ‘bleak’ Stem gender gap
Guest blog by Toni Scullion, Secondary Teacher and founder of DressCode Girls are the ‘greatest untapped population of Stem professionals’ – but teacher Toni Scullion has ideas for changing mindsets The number of young girls studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) subjects – particularly computing science – is falling in schools in Scotland. So […]
Host an MSc student for access to the latest data science knowledge and new ideas.
Guest blog by John Alexander Wood, MSc in Artificial Intelligence at Aberdeen University During the summer I had a placement with Intelligent Plant. Their work involves the industrial internet of things, providing tools and techniques for the analysis of plant and machinery. The main insight that I had during my project, though not unique, was […]