Free data ‘masterclass’ courses delivered to Irish businesses

14 Sep 2016

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics has created a ‘masterclass’ series of talks that can be delivered, free of charge, to businesses throughout Ireland.

Covering industries including agri-food, health, media, manufacturing and logistics, the new programme is part of the group’s industry outreach programme.

With 400 data researchers across a range of areas from data capture and storage to data mining, analysis and modelling, the Centre’s knowledge pool seems significant.

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Insight Centre for Data Analytics

Insight Centre for Data Analytics

Set up just three years ago by Science Foundation Ireland to bring together the significant data science expertise available in Ireland, the Insight Centre’s series of talks can be delivered in multiple guises.

They can come as a bundle (with one, two or three presentations together making up a two-hour session), or as single presentations. This way they can be hosted either as in-house activities, like evening classes, or as part of a company event such as an away day.

Lauding his group’s “world-class data researchers”, Prof Alan Smeaton, director of the Insight Centre at Dublin City University, said the ultimate goal is to spread expertise throughout the country.

“One of the of the key objectives of the Insight Centre is to bring research closer to industry,” he said.

Unique perspectives

“Over the last three years, we have partnered with dozens of businesses – from indigenous start-ups to MNCs – developing a unique perspective on the data needs of industry across a range of sectors. Every business has data needs.

“The technology is developing so rapidly it’s difficult for businesses to keep up, even when they have a dedicated CTO. The masterclass series offers a practical and accessible blend of scientific expertise and industry insight to the wider business community in Ireland.”

Talks on wearables, data use and sentiment analysis are a few of the examples given, with Smeaton hoping Irish companies can extract “full value from their own data”.

More information can be found here.

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Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic