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Experiments Using Data for Museums & Galleries: Shaping Opportunities from the City Region Deal

Date 02 May 2019
Time 2pm - 4pm
Venue Museums Galleries Scotland, Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK
Organiser Museums Galleries Scotland


About the Event

Edinburgh is at the centre of the South East Scotland City Region Deal: a huge programme that will see millions of pounds invested in the infrastructure of the city and surrounding areas to benefit residents and tourists. But where are museums in the midst of this massive investment?

As part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University are delivering the Data-Driven Innovation programme. This programme will increase the provision of data and digital skills in the workforce and using their world-leading expertise in research and data analytics to improve products and services, transforming the City Region into the data capital of Europe.

Please join us at MGS to explore ways in which museums in the South East of Scotland can begin to help shape the opportunities presented by the City Region Deal and its Data-Driven Innovation Programme. Facilitated by Devon McHugh, this session will be led by Joshua Ryan-Saha, Data Driven Innovation Lead for Tourism & Festivals at Edinburgh University, who will offer an introduction to the Deal, and the opportunities on offer to museums around using the latest data technologies and methods to address the sector's most pressing current challenges.


Who is this event for?

This event is for representatives from museums and galleries from across the City Region, which encompasses Edinburgh City, the Lothians, Fife, Scottish Borders, and Tayside. No previous knowledge or understanding of data or the City Region Deal is required: this is an introductory-level session specifically for museums and galleries.


About the Presenter

Joshua Ryan-Saha works at the University of Edinburgh, where he leads on the application of data-driven innovation for the tourism, travel, and festival sectors as part of the Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal. He previously worked at The Data Lab where he was responsible for programmes to improve data science skills across Scotland. He joined from Nesta where he established the £10m Longitude Prize, featured on BBC Horizon’s 50th Anniversary Episode. 


Want to know a little more before the event?

Read Josh’s article here.

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