About Wallscope

A more intelligent way to search and discover information

We can help unlock the valuable narratives and insights within your organisation’s data and quickly convert it into realisable information.

Why choose Wallscope?

At Wallscope we convert information overload into opportunity. Information access has become a huge challenge for organisations, and the amount of data that has to be navigated daily is increasing dramatically. On average workers spend nearly 36% of their time looking for and consolidating information… and most of the time only find 56% of the information they need (source: ICD Research).

Wallscope can unlock your organisation’s potential, using Artificial Intelligence to improve the search and discovery of information. Using semantic web techniques, our technology reads documents (Excel and Word documents, chunks of text, pdfs, web pages and more), recognises entities (people, places, organisations, concepts or anything you want it to recognise), and links these entities to other resources (web pages, document stores etc).

We can then present the findings in real time within a custom-designed dashboard, tailored to the needs of your organisation. Published data is better presented and end-user experience massively improved with enhanced search, discovery and exploration of an organisation's knowledge assets. With the addition of auto-tagging and annotation, this allows the integration of powerful search and content expansion across an improved publishing workflow.

This will significantly reduce the time spent on the preparation and distribution of information across your digital universe.

Wallscope offers you:

  • Timely access to critical information, which separates the winners from the losers in today’s information economy
  • Intelligent search coupled with advanced text analytics technologies, meaning we are uniquely positioned to help organisations improve access to hidden or untapped information
  • Faster and better decision-making; optimising customer interactions and improving employee productivity and participation.

About us

Founded by David Eccles and Ian Allaway, Wallscope was incorporated in 2014 to develop technologies associated with ‘big data’ – data sets that are so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate to deal with them. Ian and David already run a successful web application development business and have worked together for over 15 years.

Our focus is on the application of Artificial Intelligence using semantic web techniques and linked data principles to improve the search and discovery of information. We are motivated to lower the barriers for accessing knowledge to improve the health, wealth and sustainability of the world we share.

We have developed and proven our service through a number of sector-specific case studies – for example in the University of Edinburgh’s Design Informatics Department – and were recently selected from over 80 businesses to take part in the Scottish Government’s CivTech programme. This is a pilot scheme supporting businesses offering innovative solutions to challenges faced by the public sector. As a result of this we’re working closely with our sponsor, the Information Services Division of NHS Scotland, to help make their data publications more accessible and appealing.

Subsequently we’ve received interest from other Government departments as well as cultural and financial institutions, and are working with channel partners to embed the technology within organisations where it can really make a difference.

Find out more about our work with NHS Scotland, the Design Informatics Department of Edinburgh University and back care experts Active X Backs.

Our team

Ian Allaway – Founder, Product Director

Ian AllawayProject management, technical development

With over 25 years’ experience in application development, Ian has been working in industries bound to the internet since its inception. His work has increasingly involved exploration of machine-based learning and the scope for automation of processes which support semantic enhancement. In part this has come from research and development (R&D) work through an early adopter programme for the Apache foundation, and work for an NHS pilot project building a help application for patients with early signs of dementia.

At Wallscope he provides the technical lead on R&D activities and product development, working with multidisciplinary teams to create more innovative design processes and content management ecosystems. He manages the engineering and product planning elements of projects from a technical and development perspective.

Ian has extensive experience working in diverse industries for major clients such as: La Caixa (banking), Adecco World (recruitment provider), Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Dutch foreign ministry), and the Glazenstad (a service managing digital innovation and implementation of technologies for Amsterdam City Council which established a ground-breaking 'citizen-portal'). He has also done volunteer work with aid agencies supporting communities in areas affected by conflict (MSF, Amnesty International).

David Eccles – Founder, Product Director

David EcclesProduct management, marketing and brand development

David is well versed in Information, Communications and Technology trends. His interests are in the application of technology to innovation and new product development. This is complemented by extensive knowledge of semantic web techniques and linked data principles.

At Wallscope his focus is on building the foundations for a successful business through product and service development and the identification of commercial partners. As part of this work he manages and develops relationships with a range of stakeholders.

As a marketing and communications professional David has more than 25 years of practical experience helping organisations to focus their marketing activity to achieve key objectives. He is very comfortable with areas such as Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and application programming interfaces (APIs) as routes to markets.

David has worked in communications and market engagement projects in areas such as education, food and drink, professional and financial services, technology, media, health and wellbeing and community engagement. He has extensive experience in partnership working and can influence others to support proposals.

Antero Duarte – Lead Developer

Antero DuarteApplication Engineering and Software Development

Antero is a Beng Computing student and software developer interested in web development and web technologies. He has a background in renewable energies, electronics and computing, and has three years’ previous experience in IT.

He has key skills in many programming languages including Java, Javascript, PHP, C and C++, and a keen interest in application engineering, along with a commercial focus on product development. He also has practical knowledge of technologies such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi platforms.

Antero has been with Wallscope for nine months as an application developer, dealing mostly with back end development, Linux server management and CMS-based work. At Wallscope he has rapidly picked up on the value of semantic web techniques, linked data and search technologies. He has been directly involved in the work we have done with the NHS, the University of Edinburgh’s Design Informatics department, Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) and a Health and Wellbeing project.

Emma Findlow – Communications Manager

Emma FindlowEmma has worked in communications and editorial roles for over 12 years in both public and private sector organisations, including the Scottish Government and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

At Wallscope she is responsible for coordinating communications across a variety of projects and channels, including their work with the NHS as part of the Scottish Government’s CivTech pilot scheme.

Emma is also the Programme Coordinator at Publishing Scotland, the network body for the book publishing industry in Scotland, working to promote the interests of its members both nationally and internationally.

She works as a freelance editor and writer and has a postgraduate diploma in publishing from the London College of Communication.


Frank Kloos – Interaction Design Specialist

Frank KloosFor over 20 years, Frank has been an interaction design professional and is currently a lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Since 2007, he has led and developed workshops related to user experience design, data visualisation, design research, usability testing and prototyping – with this last subject being Frank’s true passion. He believes prototyping should be a core skill for any designer. Following prototyping’s spirit of ‘learning by doing’, Frank remains an autodidact (although he has written a thesis on persuasive design and applied gaming for behavioural change).

Frank has previously worked as an Interaction Designer at Philips and Eden Spiekermann, among other design agencies. As a lecturer and instructional designer he has worked at MediaLab Amsterdam and Multimedia and Communication Design at AUAS. He has also developed a MOOC called Prototyping Interaction for Iversity.