US government adopts web tools developed in Ireland

A leading US government agency has adopted a set of web
tools and standards developed by NUI Galway’s Digital Enterprise Research
Institute (Deri).

The US portal, which has been billed as an Obama
administration priority in facilitating public access to federal government
datasets, is using Deri technologies to link web-based information.

Deri tools including Neologism, which facilitates
creation of “vocabularies” needed to link data, have been adopted by the US

Another technology refined by Deri – known as the RDF
Extension for Google Refine – is also being used. This is described as a
“graphical user interface for exporting data from Google Refine as interlinked
semantic web data”.

Google Refine is a tool for working with “messy” data. is part of a global initiative referred to as
the open data movement, which is being pioneered in Ireland by Fingal County
Council, the Dublinked consortium and the National Cross-Industry Working Group
on Open Data.

 Deri was founded in 2003 at NUI Galway with support from
Science Foundation Ireland.

Publication Date

April 26th 2012


The Irish Times