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Why choose Scotland for data science?

6 reasons to invest

  1. Skills - The Data Lab innovation centre is working with industry and Scotland's 14 university computing science schools to create a pipeline of data scientists and engineers
  2. Over 150 companies creating data-based products and solutions, and thousands more looking to adopt them
  3. Access to data markets in digital industries, financial services, energy/oil and gas, healthcare and the public sector
  4. R&D excellence in data and an environment that supports entrepreneurship and commercial growth
  5. The Data Lab innovation centre offers collaboration between academia, industry and government
  6. Innovation in data science - Worldwide reputation of our university data research
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Ahead of the global pack

Scotland is well positioned to become a leading data centre

Why? We have:

  • The UK’s leading research university in data sciences and informatics, Edinburgh University
  • The highest concentration of data science postgraduate courses in the UK
  • Data leaders who are influencing the global industry
  • Two data-driven unicorns – Skyscanner and FanDuel
  • Europe’s largest high-power computing centre – the Advanced Computer Facility run by the EPCC (Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre)
  • ARCHER, the UK national supercomputing centre based on the world-class supercomputing facility in Edinburgh
  • A government that strongly supports the use of data

Data science in Scotland

Data markets in Scotland

Scotland is the ideal base for businesses looking to benefit from growing data markets across a number of sectors:

  • Energy/oil and gas - Moving towards the digital oilfield means that more sensors are being used, and more data is being collected – there is also an exercise underway to collate data mapping across the whole North Sea Basin
  • Health and care - Our stable population and extensive patient data make Scotland the perfect location for the development of new healthcare solutions based around informatics
  • Financial services - The financial technology industry has seen rapid growth over the past few years, especially around data analytics and predictive modelling
  • Digital industries - Many global businesses have based their digital assets in Scotland, including Amazon’s European Development Centre, SAS, CGI, Deloitte Digital, Oracle, HPE, DXC and Leidos
  • Government - Government is contributing to the data opportunity in two areas: a commitment to making public data open, and using data to drive efficiency and affordability 

Get support from The Data Lab

The Data Lab is an innovation centre that helps companies and organisations take advantage of opportunities to make better use of data. With hubs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, it’s close to industry and universities with leading research in informatics and computer science.

Find out more about The Data Lab

Industry and academic collaborations

Scotland is known internationally for academic expertise in big data, and it’s easy to see why

Here are just some examples of academic/industry data collaborations:

Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance

SICSA is a collaboration of 14 Scottish universities that supports co-operative working, mutual support and sharing facilities. It works with companies to transfer research to industry and informs researchers of current industry problems.

University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre

The EPCC’s Advanced Computing Facility houses some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, as well as the UK Research Data Facility, which includes 15PB of disk storage and a 20PB backup storage system.

University of Glasgow – The Urban Big Data Centre

The UBDC brings together the interdisciplinary expertise of urban social scientists and data scientists from the University of Glasgow and six partner universities to address social, economic and environmental challenges facing cities.

Scotland's tech skills

Data science case studies and insights

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