Newsline Spring 2017


EDINA designs with data at DataFest 2017

On the 20th - 24th March the first DataFest took place. This week-long festival of data innovation, included events running across Scotland. EDINA presented three workshops as part of “Designing with Data”, a strand of Fringe events curated by a group of data driven public and private sector organisations across Edinburgh. Our events included:

Edinburgh Cityscope Open Data Workshop

In this workshop participants heard about, and had the opportunity to share their ideas around the innovative Edinburgh Cityscope project. Cityscope has been creating the digital infrastructure to make Edinburgh a “Global City of Learning”. Prof. Jonathan Silvertown, who leads the project, spoke about his vision for Edinburgh Cityscope, its ambitions and technical development to date. EDINA are a partner in this project and presented our work on Curious Edinburgh and Fieldtrip Open as part of this event.

Visualisation of Spatial Data using QGIS

EDINA staff led this hands-on workshop introducing participants to QGIS, an open source GIS platform which can be used with both open data and licensed data (including Ordnance Survey data from Digimap). This event built on our well established standard and bespoke QGIS and geospatial data workshops which we regularly run across the UK for all audiences.

Playing with research data from the University of Edinburgh’s DataShare repository

EDINA research data management and data analysis specialists led this workshop on data from the University of Edinburgh DataShare repository. Datashare includes a wide range of research data, including images, speech, maps and statistics, from researchers across the University which can be explored, analysed, used in new projects, etc.

Changing Lives with Data

EDINA were also delighted to be part of National Records of Scotland Changing Lives with Data event (also part of the Designing with Data series). At our stand we discussed our Statistical Accounts of Scotland service, our geospatial data and expertise, as well as how our data can be used alongside datasets available from government and other organisations from across Scotland.

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