What is DDI?

An innovation network helping organisations tackle challenges for industry and society by doing data right to support Edinburgh in its ambition to become the data capital of Europe.

From food production and climate change, to exploring Space and genetically-tailored healthcare, the Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) initiative is a cluster of innovation hubs that bring academic disciplines together to delve into some of the world’s most pressing challenges – using data to innovate.

Ten target sectors

Through innovation and collaboration, we’re aiming to help organisations across 10 industrial sectors, from fintech and tourism, to healthcare and agriculture. We want to help you tackle challenges and get better at what you do; improving products and services, and developing new ones.

  • Public Sector
  • Financial Services
  • Health & Social Care
  • Tourism & Festivals
  • Space & Satellite
  • Robotics & Autonomous Systems
  • FinTech
  • DigiTech
  • AgriTech
  • Creative Industries

Our Data-Driven Innovation hubs

Find information on the institutes and research centres that are part of the DDI programme. Our data analytics facility, the Edinburgh International Data Facility is available for the data needs of projects, as are the resources of our five innovation hubs.

data education in colleges

Explore what the Data Driven Innovation network can do for you DDI.ac.uk