Fujitsu’s research collaboration with Deri revolutionises access to open data


Fujitsu has announced the first output from its pioneering research collaboration with NUI Galway’s Digital Enterprise Research Institute (Deri), which could provide the key to unlocking billions of items of open data and enable integrated uniform access to academic, government and industry data throughout the web.
In a world first, the Fujitsu-Deri research team has developed a single access point that enables linked open data (LOD) – which currently exists on different sites and in different formats – to be stored and sorted up to 10 times faster than was previously possible.

The key innovation of the new technology is the ability to easily find and use publically available datasets in order to combine these with other public or private datasets and gain new insights.

A data search function has also been developed enabling users to quickly sort and access data without the need for application developers to trawl through individual sites and process underlying data.

In a demonstration at the XBRL26 International Conference in Dublin on 17 April, Pierre-Yves Vandenbussche, Fujitsu lead researcher based at Deri, showed how the new technology can provide, for example, valuable new insights into the financial performance of public corporations. 
The demonstration quickly and easily compiled company financial information from multiple sources including industry profile, employee numbers, revenues, profits, stock or share price and press coverage. Performing this task without the new technology would have required specialist programming techniques or many hours of manual data gathering.

Fujitsu intend to make the technology – which is hosted on its global cloud infrastructure – freely available to users and application developers. 
“The initial results are very exciting and it is hoped that the technology will lend itself to multiple applications – from financial appraisal to health breakthroughs by enabling previously separate data sets to be analysed together,” said Anthony McCauley, head of research at Fujitsu in Ireland.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD added: “Big data is a sector that is growing at 40pc per annum internationally and offers major potential for jobs and growth in Ireland. That is why we have targeted it as part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, and recently we established a Technology Centre in this area to bring industry and researchers together to help turn good ideas into good jobs. 
“Today’s announcement by Fujitsu – a global leader in this field – and Deri – a world-class institution supported by my department through Sciene Foundation Ireland – represents a hugely exciting development in this area. I congratulate all involved and wish them every success for the future.” 

Karina Corbett

Publication Date

April 17th 2013


Business and Leadership

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