The Data Lab is an innovation centre focused on helping Scottish industry to capitalise on a growing market opportunity in data science. Established with an £11.3 million grant from the Scottish Funding Council, The Data Lab facilitates and enables industry, public sector and academia to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment.  It provides resources and funding to kick-start projects, deliver skills through education programmes, and help to develop the local ecosystem by building a cohesive data science community. Its core mission is to generate significant economic, social and scientific value from data for Scotland.

With a Scotland-wide presence and hubs in Aberdeen (Robert Gordon University), Edinburgh (University of Edinburgh) and Glasgow (University of Glasgow), it is in close proximity to leading industry and universities 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 our three key areas: Collaborative innovation, Skills and Training, and Community Building.

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. 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. The Data Lab is industry led, and will build on innovation from Scotland’s world-leading university sector to transform the way in which industry, public sector and academic institutions collaborate.

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