Digital Enterprise Research Institute

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Digital Enterprise Research Institute
Headquarters Galway, Ireland
Area served Worldwide
Services Research
Parent National University of Ireland, Galway

The Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) is a research institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Its focus is research into the Semantic Web and linked data. It was established as a Centre for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation Ireland. Additional funding sources are EU Framework Programs, Enterprise Ireland, IRCSET, and industry.

DERI is part of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. Insight was established in 2013 by Science Foundation Ireland with funding of €75m.[1]



Employees and financials[edit]

In late 2011, DERI employed around 130 people. In 2011, DERI had about 6 million Euro in revenue.[citation needed] In 2010, the Science Foundation Ireland consisted of 55% of awards by value; the remainder was composed of the European Commission (40%); and businesses (5%).[citation needed]


DERI is based at the Dangan Business Park in Galway, Ireland.


DERI is part of the National University of Ireland, Galway and organised around a number of research units and application domains.

Name Research Unit or Domain Reference
Social Semantic Collaboration It focuses on Semantic Desktop research. [2]
Data Intensive Infrastructure


DERI has over the years contributed or initiated to a number of technologies, standards and initiatives. Some notable technologies include the Semantic Web, the Semantic Desktop, scalable RDF information processing, Open Data Government Portals,[which?] W3C Standards and efforts like SPARQL and Semantically-Interlinked Online Communities.

Spin-Off companies[edit]

Spin-Off companies include music-tech start-up MDG Web (building seevl),[3] Sindicetech,[citation needed] and financial analytics start-up Peracton (building MAARS),[4][5][6]


DERI is a W3C member organization[7] and a founding member of the Web Science Trust Network.[8]


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