Birmingham to pioneer data sharing with Data Catalyser

Birmingham to pioneer data sharing with Data Catalyser

Birmingham City University has been announced as the first institution to use a suite of services to help organisations share data and unlock value for the UK.

The Data Catalyser has been developed by the Digital Catapult, a not for profit organisation whose mission is to advance the UK’s best digital ideas and innovations to market.

And now, the two organisations have signed a partnership that aims to create new breakthroughs in data sharing.

The Data Catalyser is a unique suite of services that enables organisations to create value from mixing closed data sets. It aims to unlock opportunities for new products, services, tools, insights and innovations through sharing and mixing data among a select group of trusted and approved data specialists, which now include world–leading experts from Birmingham City University.

The Data Catalyser has the potential to deliver massive impacts for the UK economy, utilising data to offer more personalised services and improve efficiency in areas such as commerce, transport, information and communications technology (ICT), education and healthcare.

Professor Julian Beer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research, Enterprise and Business Engagement at Birmingham City University said: “Birmingham City University is fast becoming a UK centre for cross-innovation that bridges the flow of knowledge between research, learning and doing, and builds on international best practice.

"We are utilising our academic community, our infrastructure our varied programmes to tailor valued-added knowledge experiences that will facilitate unthought-of solutions.”

Dr Umar Daraz, director for the Institute of Sustainable Futures at Birmingham City University, added: “This a real coup for the region, and recognises our growing capability and strong links with the SME community across a number of sectors. We very much look forward to working with the Digital Catapult, SMEs and Birmingham City Council to capitalise on the potential of the Data Catalyser – and in the process help to kick-start the Midlands Engine.”

News of the West Midlands Data Catalyser closely follows the announcement earlier this month of Birmingham City University’s STEAMHouse project, which will use the Data Catalyser.

The Government announced that it will be contributing £14 million 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.