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Scots tech provides answers to Covid challenges


Fios team: Max Bylesjo, Sarah Lynagh and Martin-Ramsay

Scottish technology is behind two developments that have emerged from the coronavirus pandemic.

At the Edinburgh BioQuarter bioinformatician Jack Sleight, of Fios Genomics, has built an app which translates daily data released by the Scottish Government into easy to read graphs, maps and charts.

Mr Sleight created The Covid Data Visualisation app to help people make sense of the daily facts and figures provided by Scottish Government and to help them gain a greater understanding about the spread of the pandemic across Scotland and its NHS regions.

“The aim was to summarise the public data through the use of neat, simple visuals and create something that is easy for people to use and get them more interested in how the pandemic is unfolding.

“The app can split the data into regional areas and the functional map also allows users to clearly see the national picture,” he said.


Fios Genomics is a specialist company delivering bioinformatics data services for pharmaceutical, bio-tech organisations and academia world-wide.

CEO Dr Sarah Lynagh said: “Jack’s app demonstrates perfectly how applicable data analysis is in all our lives and we are currently recruiting new analysts like Jack to join our growing team during this exciting time for our business.”

Meanwhile, Covid-19 data will now be easily accessible to people with visual impairments thanks to the Scottish Tech Army, a group of volunteers finding tech solutions to a range of problems.

They have developed a project, which is the first of its kind in the world, and forms part of the new COVID-19 dashboard launched this month and using data sonification to convert data into notes of various pitches.

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