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‘Big Data’ innovation centre

01st May 2014 Posted in cloud hosting

Scottish industry is set to be boosted by a new £11.3 million Data Lab investment

The ‘Big data’ innovation centre is set to add £150m to the Scottish economy with a new £11.3 million innovation centre. The centre, opening later this year, is dedicated to helping Scotland capitalise on the growing market in analytics and ‘big data’ technology. The investment is projected to return a minimum of 345 new jobs and an additional £155 million of value to the Scottish Economy.

The centre has been named The Data Lab and is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) with support from Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Experts believe The Data Lab will revolutionise the way in which Scottish industry develops and applies cutting-edge analytics and data science techniques to capture new market opportunities and boost productivity.

Neil Logan, Chairman of The Data Lab added: “I am delighted that The Data Lab is now a reality as it will play important role in Scotland’s future by enabling industry and academia to work more together closely in the exciting field of Data Science. This will change the nature of the relationship between industry and academia by helping industry to unlock the value inside our world leading academic institutions. I’m also excited by the impact that working with organisations in the public and third sectors will have on the everyday lives of Scottish citizens. Data is a hugely important area and the SFC’s investment, together with support from Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, helps ensure that Scotland takes a leading role in this exciting growth market”.

brightsolid are proud to be one of 5 organisations who led the bid with our parent comapny DC Thomsons and are confident The Data Lab will build on innovation from Scotland’s world-leading universit

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y sector, transforming the way in which industry, public sector and academic institutions collaborate. With Hub locations in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Data Lab’s focus will be on the Digital Technology, Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Public Sector markets.

“The Data Lab offers a fantastic opportunity for businesses like brightsolid to help bridge the gap between Scotland’s world-leading University research in data science and the commercial potential for Scotland to be a leader in this fast growing global market. I think it is a game-changer”, Malcolm Dobson, Group CTO, DC Thomson.

Data Lab will focus on delivering 100+ new collaborative innovation projects; educating 1,000+ professionals through a range of education programmes; and strengthening the local community through workshops and high-profile events. Continued support and enthusiasm come from David Smith, Director of Technology Engineering and Creative Industries, Scottish Enterprise, who asserts: “Scottish Enterprise welcomes the latest addition of the Data Lab to the family of Innovation Centres. We will continue to work alongside our partners in industry, HIE and SFC to ensure that we harness and grow Scotland’s significant capability in data analytics and informatics to address the rapidly growing global Big Data market opportunity.”

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