Edinburgh bids to become Europe’s data capital

Published: 28 September 2018

A new venture aims to make Edinburgh the data capital of Europe and train 100,000 people in the necessary skills over the next decade.

The £661m Data-Driven Innovation initiative (DDI), funded by the Edinburgh City Deal, will also invest in a data analysis facility, which will help 1000 organisations use data to innovate their sectors. And it will boost the economy, launching spin-out companies, attracting start-ups, as well as established businesses, and bringing investment.

Edinburgh already punches way above its weight when it comes to knowledge and opportunities in this sector.

Jarmo Eskelinen, Project Lead, DDI

 

The initiative is being run by the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University and includes plans to support schools and colleges across the south-east of Scotland to provide digital skills teaching and training.

It will help provide the 13,000 extra workers with data skills Scotland is estimated to need every year as workplaces undergo the latest industrial revolution.

Jarmo Eskelinen, who has been appointed to lead the project, said: “Edinburgh already punches way above its weight when it comes to knowledge and opportunities in this sector. This is a dynamic, compact capital city – that’s what draws me here – the unique combination of a compact city, which can be more agile than global metropolises, and a very strong talent base...

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