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【BAYES COFFEE HOUSE TECH TALK SERIES】Creative Informatics: Catalysing Edinburgh’s Creative Community to Innovate with Data

Melissa Terras from the University of Edinburgh will give a talk, in person and online, for the Coffee House Tech Talk Series. Details of the talk are below.

Title: Creative Informatics: Catalysing Edinburgh’s Creative Community to Innovate with Data

Speaker: Melissa Terras

                     University of Edinburgh

When: 11am Tue 16 April

Where: 4th floor Bayes Centre



Meeting ID99169365


Abstract: Creative Informatics is one of the UK’s Creative Industries Clusters, which has seen major government investment into creative activity across 9 cities in the UK, to support innovation, and the development of new products and services. In Edinburgh, Creative Informatics’ activities have focused on building links between the tech startup scene, and the world-leading performance and arts communities. How do you support creatives to become data literate, and to bring their ideas to market? How best can a university “scaffold” innovation activities, and support a diverse cohort? Why should we care about technology innovation in the creative sector? In this talk, which comes at the close of the 6 year, £10m UKRI investment in Creative Informatics, Terras details how a compact unit in the University of Edinburgh supported 350 data-led R&D projects across the city and its regions, leading to 47 new spin outs and start ups, 445 new and safeguarded jobs, and a GVA of £53.2m for the local economy (£26m from 2019-2023; £27.2m projected 2023-26).

Bio: Professor Melissa Terras is Director of Creative Informatics, the Edinburgh based AHRC Creative Cluster (2018-2024), and a founding Director of Transkribus, the AI-powered platform for text recognition of historical documents. She is the University of Edinburgh lead for CoSTAR (UK Government’s Convergent Screen Technologies and performance in Realtime) programme (2023-29). Based in Design Informatics, Terras is interested in the digitisation of cultural heritage, and supporting innovation in the creative industries.


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