The Data Lab - the innovation centre designed to help Scottish industry to tap into the growing market opportunity in data science - is to expand its services into the Highlands and islands in an effort to develop the rural digital economy.
The programme, which already operates hubs in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, will operate "TDL2" out of development agency Highlands & Islands Enterprise’s (HIE) headquarters.
The expansion was announced at this week’s DataFest 19 and will focus on developing data science projects and skills in the area, in collaboration with Scottish universities and industry.
Set up in 2014, The Data Lab recently secured funding for its second phase of development, including up to £9.5 million from the Scottish Funding Council, £2.5m from Scottish Enterprise, £1m from the Scottish Government’s Digital Directorate and £500,000 from HIE.
HIE senior development manager for digital, Theresa Swayne, said: “The opportunities from the data revolution are enormous and we want to ensure that the Highlands and islands is best placed to exploit them.
“Our new relationship with The Data Lab innovation centre provides our businesses and communities with access to world-class support to develop data science knowledge, skills and data driven innovation.
“Events like DataFest are an opportunity to bring the topic of data to life and HIE are again happy to support fringe events as part of the UK’s first two-week festival of data.”