Digital Enterprise Research Institute

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Digital Enterprise Research Institute
HeadquartersGalway, Ireland
Area served
ParentNational University of Ireland, Galway

The Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) is a former research institute at NUI Galway. It is now part of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. Insight was established in 2013 by Science Foundation Ireland with funding of €75m.[1]

DERI's focus is research into the Semantic Web and linked data. It was originally established as a Centre for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation Ireland. Additional funding sources were EU Framework Programs, Enterprise Ireland, IRCSET, and industry.



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 was based at the Dangan Business Park in Galway, Ireland.


DERI now operates as part of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. It is still part of the National University of Ireland, Galway and is 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 contributed or initiated 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 included music-tech start-up MDG Web (building seevl),[3] Sindicetech,[citation needed] and financial analytics start-up Peracton (building MAARS),[4][5][6]


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


  1. ^, Retrieved 2014-11-07
  2. ^ "Social Semantic Collaboration Unit". NUI Galway. Archived from the original on 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-23. Retrieved 2013-01-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ "Current Members". W3C. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  8. ^ "WSTNet". Web Science Trust. Archived from the original on 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-05-15.

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