Blog posts:

Unroll yourself from claims to be a service that helps you manage your email, despite having an app that’s confusing and a faq that’s almost useless. is actually a service that sells insights into your email. Get rid of it.

Introducing the Cancer Innovation Challenge

Scotland lags behind much of Europe in outcomes for cancer patients. The Cancer Innovation Challenge has £1M of funding to develop new innovative approaches to using data to deliver better cancer treatment outcomes in Scotland.

20’s plenty – cars, speeding and communities

I think anything that makes streets safer is good – and while Edinburgh’s new 20mph policy isn’t perfect, it’s already changing how people drive in Edinburgh for the better.

How much startup time do you need for research projects? You might need more than you think

In my experience the key thing delaying the start of research projects is staff availability – whether you have access to the people you need or if you need to recruit. Remember: if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Recruiting staff can be a pretty volatile process, depending on how much experience you have of […]

What high street vacancy rates really mean

While retail vacancy rates in the UK are declining, one in every seven shops is still empty. So is this decline all good news, or is it hiding some potentially bad news?

What would independence mean for Scotland’s cities?

Scotland is an urban country: 70% of Scots live in urban areas. So it follows that the majority of impact of independence will be felt by urban Scots. So what could this impact be? Will anything change? Does anyone care either way?

Into the Future – talking about Smart Cities

I’ll be speaking at the 2012 PPA Digital Publishing Conference on Wednesday 26 September in London. The conference theme is ‘Into the Future’, and I’ll be exploring some of the opportunities surrounding the smart cities initiatives for providers of digital data services.