Edinburgh Futures Institute has officially opened its doors to the public in the transformed and revitalised Old Royal Infirmary building. The much-loved city landmark will officially open to the public on Monday 3rd June following an extensive seven-year, multi-million-pound restoration. Built in 1879, the Old Royal Infirmary housed the city’s main hospital until 2003 and…

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‘Towards Embedding Responsible AI in the School System: Co-Creation with Young People’ The University of Edinburgh has received Arts and Humanities Research Council funding for the project ‘Towards Embedding Responsible AI in the School System: Co-Creation with Young People’ as part of their Bridging Responsible AI Divides (BRAID) programme. The project will investigate what generative AI…

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A Teach Data Literacy: a guide for primary teachers launched on Wednesday 7th of June, designed as a resource developed by the Data Education in Schools team to support teachers to enhance opportunities for all to build the skills and habits of mind relevant to data problem-solving. It outlines various core concepts in data literacy…

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Ten projects aimed at promoting social change through innovation have received funding from the Data-Driven Innovation initiative. Nearly £200,000 of funding has been awarded to proposals ranging from using augmented reality to help animal conservation to understanding air quality using bike-mounted sensors. Gemma Cassells, Lead Strategist for the Data-Driven Innovation initiative, said: “This Small Grants…

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A world-leading initiative that brings the latest smart technology into classrooms has been launched to help pupils prepare for a data-driven future. Primary and secondary classes across south-east Scotland will learn how to interpret reams of statistics produced by sensors tracking environmental conditions in their schools. The scheme, backed by the UK and Scottish Governments,…

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The DDI Skills Gateway was a finalist at this year’s Digital Leaders 100 awards. The Skills Gateway made it into the final three for Digital Skills Initiative of the Year, out of hundreds of entries from across the UK. With over 700 nominations, judges recognised the Skills Gateway‘s innovative and cross-sector approach to improving data…

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The University of Edinburgh is launching an updated range of short courses, aimed at helping people develop the data skills that have been identified as vital for economic recovery, following the Covid-19 pandemic. A range of new courses funded by the Scottish Funding Council, which provide non-traditional routes for individuals to access courses in data…

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Jarmo Eskelinen discusses the University of Edinburgh’s response to the Scottish Government’s Tech Ecosystem review. In August 2020, the Scottish Government published its review of Scotland’s tech ecosystem, prepared by Mark Logan (ex-Skyscanner). Few Scottish Government publications have created as much buzz. No wonder; it presents a tantalising glimpse into a bright future for the…

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Creative Informatics welcome applications from individuals and small teams working in any area of the creative industries. Present and previous Resident Entrepreneurs include new media artist Martin Disley, music asset management platform Delic, screenshot note-taking app PicoJar, robotics startup Touchlab, and Edinburgh Tool Library. If you would like to discuss your idea for an application,…

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