Outputs and Projects.


Lille Data City - Q2 2018

Working with Leeds City Council, The City of Lille, Le Métropole européenne de Lille, and The Open Data Institute in London, we are bringing The Data City to Lille. We have already done a lot of background work, documented in the open and featured on France's étalab's user-research blog. Our first step to expanding across France and across Europe, we will be rewriting much of our machine learning to target French and rewriting our database to ingest and normalise data from French and EU sources.

UK Tech Innovation Index 2 - Q1 2018

From one-off data collection, to continual updates. From constant city boundaries, to sector-specific functional clusters. From thousands of data points, to millions and growing. The UK Tech Innovation Index 2.0 is ready to scale, powered by The Data City.

IoT UK Nation - H1 2017

We worked with The Digital Catapult and InnovateUK to identify businesses, people, and organisations in the emerging field of The Internet of Things (IoT) and find the links between them. Our output represents one of the most detailed datasets to date on the IoT ecosystem within the UK and is available as open data for anyone to re-use.

UK Tech Innovation Index - H1 2017

We worked with The Open Data Institute, The Digital Catapult, and InnovateUK to create the UK Tech Innovation Index. This hugely ambitious work was the first time that data from three event services (Eventbrite, Meetup, OpenTechCalendar) and data about Scientific Publications (Microsoft Academic Knowledge API) was combined to rank cities by their strengths and potential for innovation in seven subsection of technology.

Our work was featured heavily in national and local press. We released our rankings and the data behind them as open datasets and these were re-used in the UK Government's national Artificial Intelligence Strategy report.

Academic innovation hotspots - H1 2017

We used an early beta of The Microsoft Academic Knowledge API to see if we could quantify the emergence of academic clusters of excellence in small subfields. Our Academic Innovation Clusters visualisation tools and the our openly documented methodology have since informed further tools and techniques.

In the example below we see that Big Data as a field (left) is a much more recent phenomonem than Artificial Intelligence (right).

Leeds Data City - 2016

Our first project, now at datacity.org. With KPMG, Bloom, ODILeeds, and Leeds City Council we were inspired by the Tech Nation report, by Tech City UK. We knew that there were many more tech businesses in Leeds than the report found, and we wanted to show it. We tried encouraging business to self-register as tech businesses but had limited success. Social media and the internet proves much more fruitful and we adopted methods from the world of marketing to understanding industrial structure.