Wallscope’s partnerships are driven by collaboration. This allows us to identify and create opportunities for growth and technological development. We participate in a range of events with our partners and actively support education around Linked Data principles and Semantic techniques.
Our work focuses on unlocking the power of data and using AI and Machine Learning to solve real world challenges, and to support digital transformation.
We also regularly publish articles on these topics in Wallscope’s Medium publication.
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
We have an ongoing relationship with Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and work with students there on research and development projects. This gives us an opportunity to develop young talent and helps the students put their theoretical skills to use in a real-world business application.
Read more about our latest Linked Data student project here
We have engaged with DECaDE: Centre for the Decentralised Digital Economy as a partner for research and development projects.
Launched in October 2020, DECaDE is a 5 year National Research Centre exploring how emerging data technologies such as Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence could transform our digital economy through decentralised platforms.
DECaDE is led by the University of Surrey, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and the Digital Catapult.
Edinburgh University Business School
Wallscope collaborates with Edinburgh University’s Business School on a range of Research and Development projects and events.
Most recently we ran an Open Data Mixer event, in collaboration with the University, Public Health Scotland and the Scottish Government. This brought together data enthusiasts from the public and private sectors, as well as students and academics from the University of Edinburgh. Across the two-day event attendees explored the many ways in which public open data can be used to help transform lives, through a mixture of talks, workshops and group discussion.
As part of our R&D work, we are working with data analysts from the Business School to examine the impact of Covid-19 in several aspects of the economy. Using a range of open data sets we are exploring the impact on the prescription behaviour of Scottish GPs over time and space. We are considering a series of factors related to access to GPs and pharmacies, transport links and lockdown measures. We are also looking at ways to examine the impact on local tourism as part of the Data-Driven Innovation project.
Wallscope works with Heriot-Watt University on both conversational AI and linked data to place ourselves at the cutting edge of our core technologies.
Our Machine Learning Engineer and Researcher Angus Addlesee is currently studying for a PhD in Artificial Intelligence at Heriot-Watt, co-funded by Wallscope and The Data Lab. This is centred on voice assistants (such as Siri and Alexa) more accessible for people with cognitive impairments.
Edinburgh Napier University
We have an ongoing relationship with Edinburgh Napier University and we regularly work with students as part of their internship scheme. We also participate in teaching activities and workshops and work with them on various collaborative projects.
Celerity was founded in 2002 and established itself as a successful enterprise infrastructure provider. Since then they have expanded into the cloud and managed services arena, drawing upon extensive experience and knowledge as a data protection specialist.
This strategic partnership allows Wallscope to quickly and safely scale up projects in line with Celerity’s data infrastructure, protection and security expertise and track record.
We also provide AI expertise to Celerity’s customer pipeline.
Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre
Wallscope has worked with EPCC for a number of years, as users of the Cirrus computing system. As part of Research and Development work, Cirrus’ High-Performance Computing platform allows us to test different ideas in the field of Machine Learning and to have much shorter test/train/develop cycles, reducing training times by as much as 300% in some cases.
We can also deploy services on their infrastructure for both commercial and research-driven activities. This provides access to state of the art infrastructure in a well-managed, secure environment.
EPCC, formerly the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, is a supercomputing centre based at the University of Edinburgh. It aims to accelerate the effective exploitation of novel computing throughout industry, academia and commerce.
Wallscope has been working with Inrupt building interoperable apps with their Social Linked Data tools and services.
Citizens want more control over their own data. Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s vision was a web of opportunity for everyone; his start-up Inrupt fosters a data-linking architecture which can improve services and empower individuals.
Wallscope partners with Interition to gain and provide expertise in user-centric digital journeys powered by Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s Solid technology.
Interition helps private and public sector organisations address a range of data privacy challenges using Solid’s personal online data stores (Pods). They are helping to ‘reset’ the relationships between online service users and providers by putting data directly under the control of the people and organisations that own it.
Interition, with a world leading team of expertise in Solid, is making it possible to provide online digital services without compromising yourself or your customers privacy.
Oxford Semantic Technologies
Wallscope has partnered with UK-based Oxford Semantic Technologies to collaborate on market opportunities for the delivery of our services at Enterprise Scale. Working with an advanced knowledge store creates new possibilities in knowledge extraction, data sharing and analytics.
Oxford Semantic Technologies developed RDFox, the first market-ready high-performance knowledge graph designed from ground up with semantic reasoning in mind.
RDFox overcomes the flexibility and performance limitations of classical databases and reasoning engines by being an in-memory RDF-triple store optimised for speed and parallel reasoning.
Recently we used RDFox and Wallscope’s platform to build a linked data application focusing on the Olympics – find out more in this joint White Paper.
In October 2020 we were delighted to be awarded a place on the CivTech 5.0 Accelerator. CivTech works with innovative and ambitious businesses to solve public sector problems. We are responding to a challenge from Eildon Housing Association: ‘How can digital and IoT help the management of infection control in caring environments so that they become safer for everyone who lives, works and visits in them?'
Wallscope also won a place on the CivTech programme in both 2016 and 2017.
As part of work with our first sponsor – the Information Services Division of NHS Scotland – Wallscope developed a solution to make national data of greater use at local levels and to a wider spectrum of users. We also worked with the Scottish Government to help provide better access to public services through mygov.scot.
Eildon Housing Association
We are working with Eildon Housing Association as part of the Scottish Government’s CivTech programme to help solve their data challenge:
‘How can digital and IoT help the management of infection control in caring environments so that they become safer for everyone who lives, works and visits in them?’
Wallscope will be taking a data-first approach to build a solution that makes it easy for everyone - from care and maintenance staff to residents, visitors and family members - to get the information they need.
Eildon provides high quality affordable rented homes for tenants throughout the Scottish Borders, as well as some specialised care and sheltered housing.
Public Health Scotland
As part of work with the Information Services Division of NHS Scotland (now Public Health Scotland), Wallscope developed a solution to make national data of greater use at local levels and to a wider spectrum of users.
We also developed a product called Casebook which uses AI to automatically extract diagnostic and pharmaceutical information from patient discharge letters. Casebook’s task management functionality automates parts of the patient management workflow and allows care to be prioritised and managed more easily. This brings significant time and cost savings, providing opportunities for Scotland to significantly improve its citizens’ health and wellbeing.
Casebook was designed in collaboration with Dr Kerry Mathewson, Principal GP in Callander Community Practice (NHS Forth Valley) and National Clinical Advisor for the Scottish Government, as well as Public Health Scotland. It is currently being used to manage the care of Covid-19 patients in Dr Mathewson’s practice.
Wallscsope was recently commissioned by the Scottish Government to produce a report on data modelling. This examined metadata standards and departmental mapping of existing organisations within the Government. We also provided documentation and instructions on using Vocbench (an application to build linked data ontologies).
We have previously worked with the Education Analytical Services Division of the Scottish Government to help them locate, manage and link information across their document stores. In particular we focused on understanding patterns and responses in document archives.
We have also collaborated with the Scottish Government in a number of events and workshops focusing on the uses and potential applications of open data, such as an Open Data Mixer.
The Data Lab
Wallscope has worked with The Data Lab on a number of projects and events. For example a proof of concept project, funded by The Data Lab, which aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of using open data to identify patterns in prescribing and clinical practice.
This was a collaborative R&D project with Edinburgh University Business School and the Information Services Division (ISD) of NHS Scotland (now Public Health Scotland).