About us

From food production and climate change, to exploring Space and genetically-tailored healthcare, the Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) initiative is a cluster of innovation hubs that bring academic disciplines together to delve into some of the world’s most pressing challenges – using data to innovate.

What is Data-Driven Innovation?

Data-Driven Innovation happens when great ideas are combined with high-speed data analytics and research expertise. Innovation through data is not new, but is increasingly driving economic growth, social change, and improvements in public services – all thanks to rapid advances in high-powered computing.

Through, our ability to capture flows of data and understand what they tell us is bringing better and faster capability to identify trends and behaviour across many sectors, leading to improved services for consumers and citizens.

Vision, ambition, opportunity, together

Ethics & Security

The secure storage and ethical use of data is a primary focus for us. Activities supported by the DDI programme are underpinned by the high-powered analytics service, the Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF).

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Our Growth Plan

Data-Driven Innovation is designed around five challenge areas that together will unlock benefits for the City Region’s citizens, services, and businesses. We’re aiming to meet a number of ambitious targets by 2030, which include improving digital skills in the workforce...

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Edinburgh International Data Facility

The Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF) is the high-powered analytics and storage service that supports research and data-driven innovation in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland region and beyond.