news | 19.12.2016 |

Data Linkage Scotland Showcase 2016 - Event Report

Scotland is a global leader in linking the data that we all create through our daily interactions with health and social care, local government, the education system and our urban environments.

On Tuesday 29th November, three Networks came together to showcase research that converts this data into knowledge to improve the lives of the population at local and national levels.

The Administrative Data Research Centre-Scotland, The Farr Institute Scotland and the Urban Big Data Centre hosted a Research Showcase at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow. Demonstrating the potential big data has to transform knowledge and evidence, the event was attended by around 200 representatives from academia, NHS, Scottish Government, local councils, Industry and knowledge transfer organisations.

The audience heard fascinating case studies, including:

  • the impact of birthweight on educational outcomes
  • the socioeconomic impact of the growth of the private rental market
  • a model to predict the risk of acquiring a healthcare-associated infection

There was also the opportunity to talk to representatives from the three Centres and other related organisations in the exhibition village.

Prof Jill Pell, Director of the Institute for Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow and Deputy Director of The Farr Institute Scotland gave the keynote address ‘Big is Beautiful’. Prof Pell inspired the audience with multiple illustrations of how administrative data can be used to understand whether public health care policies are effective and to provide evidence for policy makers’ decision making. The scale of data that can be accessed allows more secure conclusions to be reached and allows policy to be targeted at the correct population with more granularity. Prof Pell left the audience with her final thoughts: “Big Data offers scope for Innovation Plus - Using new methods to do new things”.

Speaking on behalf of the three Networks, Prof Nick Bailey, Associate Director of the Urban Big Data Centre said:

“The event was a superb illustration of the range of work being conducted using big data in Scotland today. It is clear from the level of engagement on the day that there is a huge appetite from policy makers for the kinds of evidence which this research can provide. We are extremely fortunate, therefore, to have the three centres working together to ensure we maximise the potential of Scotland’s data assets.”

Photo of Professor Nick Bailey speaking at the event

The Full list of speakers was:

Professor Nick Bailey, Associate Director Urban Big Data Centre
Professor Chris Dibben, Director Administrative Data Research Centre – Scotland
Professor Andrew Morris, Director The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research
Professor Jill Pell, Director Institute of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
Dr Lynne Forrest, The ADRC-Scotland
Mr David Henderson, UBDC and The Farr Institute Scotland
Dr Kimberley Kavanagh, The Farr Institute Scotland
Prof Paul McKeigue, The Farr Institute Scotland
Dr Chris Playford, ADRC-Scotland

Photo of David Henderson speaking at the event

The ADRC-Scotland, The Farr Institute and the UBDC are all part of the Scottish Informatics and Linkage Collaboration, SILC. Further Information about SILC and the three Networks can be found in the showcase brochure (PDF 2.81MB) or websites for each organisation.

You can download the introductory presentations from each of the organisations here:

The Administrative Data Research Centre-Scotland overview presentation (PDF 1.1MB)

The Farr Institute Scotland overview presentation (PDF 1.9MB)

Urban Big Data Centre overview presentation (PDF 0.9MB)


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