Fujitsu, DERI unveil open data search tool

Wednesday 17 April 2013 12.05
Fujitsu's Anthony McCauley and Pierre-Yves Vandenbussche unveiled the new platform
Fujitsu's Anthony McCauley and Pierre-Yves Vandenbussche unveiled the new platform

A new system developed in Co Galway could help make it easier to search data that is stored in a number of different places at once.

The new platform, which is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Fujitsu and NUI Galway’s Digital Enterprise Research Institute, offers to quickly sort publicly-available data even if it exists on different websites, in different formats.

As an example of this, Fujitsu said a search for a publicly-listed company would automatically pull in data from financial results, market data and press coverage.

The new platform is to be made freely available to users and developers, who will be able to access it online.

Head of Research at Fujitsu Ireland, Anthony McCauley, said the development could prove useful in a number of industries as it allows for isolated data sets to be analysed together.

Meanwhile, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton pointed to the project as proof that Ireland can benefit from the ‘Big Data’ sector.

Fujitsu and DERI announced a formal collaboration in July of last year and it is supposed by IDA Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.