Scotland ‘ideally placed’ to become global data hub

GARETH MACKIE 11:00 Wednesday 10 February 2016 The burgeoning arena of “big data” could see Scotland become a world leader in analytics, according to the head of the national data innovation centre. Data Lab chief executive Gillian Docherty said Scotland boasts a “unique ecosystem” to become a global centre for data science, but industry and academia must work together to ensure that a shortage of skills does not stifle growth. Speaking ahead of a major networking event to be held in Edinburgh next month, Docherty said: “Big data is worth £216 million to the UK and could be responsible for 58,000 jobs by next year. Scotland is home to 11 of the UK’s 24 postgraduate data science courses as well as a very healthy tech sector, meaning that we are…

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