Digital Catapult and Birmingham City University to unlock data for the UK

Birmingham City University has signed a partnership with the Digital Catapult to use the Data Catalyser, a suite of services to help organisations share data and unlock value for the UK.

The Data Catalyser is a suite of services that enables organisations to create value from mixing closed and proprietary datasets, utilising data to offer more personalised services and improve efficiency in areas such as commerce, transport, information and communications technology (ICT), education and healthcare.

Birmingham City University will install and operate the West Midlands Data Catalyser as a regional and national hub for the unlocking and smart use of currently closed and proprietary data and will be working with a wide range of organisations.

These organisations include Birmingham City Council, the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), the West Midlands Combined Authority and businesses both big and small across the UK.


Government money

News of the West Midlands Data Catalyser closely follows the announcement of Birmingham City University’s STEAMHouse project earlier this month, which will use the Data Catalyser. The Government announced that it will be contributing £14m to help transform the former Typhoo tea factory in Birmingham into a collaborative innovation centre for solving the challenges facing SMEs in the West Midlands region.

Andrew Carr, chief operating officer at the Digital Catapult said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with Birmingham City University. The Digital Catapult is here to develop breakthroughs for the UK’s data sharing movement and through licensing the Data Catalyser to select organisations, we will be able to accelerate the safe links between data innovators, startups, scaleups and data challenge owners across all sectors to deliver new shared innovation and productivity.

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