Líon 2

Systematic and human-centric access to knowledge is critical for solving today's problems – on individual, organisational and global levels. To develop new solutions and enable innovation, it is essential to interlink people, organisations and information in a "network of knowledge”. Although knowledge is inherently strongly interconnected, this interconnectedness is not reflected in the current structure of the Web and other information systems: the "information fabric” is not optimal for supporting the development of solutions and innovation. To develop the right tools and methods for enabling networked knowledge on a global scale is an enormous and extremely important challenge. Only by interconnecting this global knowledge and by creating the right collaboration methods can we hope to tackle current and future problems. Imagine a world with networked global knowledge and collaboration, where problems like climate change would be tackled far more effectively, resulting in proactive collective action.
The Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) and its industry partners are taking on these challenges, executing a research agenda and outreach activities targeted at supporting people, organisations and systems to collaborate and interoperate on a global scale by enabling networked knowledge using Semantic Web technologies.
The Semantic Web is emerging with the availability of more formal data sources coming online. DERI is one of the main contributors to this work, and is now ready to tackle the next step. It is our hypothesis that networked knowledge can assist people, organisations and systems with their individual as well as collective problem solving, enabling innovation and increased productivity and also helping to bridge the gap between the physical and virtual worlds through the inclusion of emerging sensor technologies as an additional source of knowledge about the real world. An application in the healthcare domain is remote patient monitoring and the integration of sensor measurements into a patient's health records, thus enabling their use and interpretation anywhere in the world.
We use the Web as a living laboratory to enable us to validate our approaches and hypothesis, and to have global impact by creating standards. True global networks of knowledge require a technological foundation and the engagement of many users, both of which are now available through the Web. Ireland has a unique opportunity to take the lead in this area, providing the key technologies to networked knowledge societies, whilst benefiting industry.
Líon 2 is an SFI funded Centre for Science, Engineering & Technology (CSET). It sets out an ambitious programme of consolidation, growth, collaboration and sustainability over five years, building on the results and achievements of the previous CSET grant (Líon-1). DERI is applying its research output across key application research domains including: Telecommunications, eBusiness & Financial Services, eLearning, Healthcare & Life Sciences, eScience and eGovernment.
A critical aspect of DERI's SFI-funded activities is the strong alignment between DERI's core research, and the research and development activities carried out by its industry partners. DERI has attracted eight industrial partners in this proposal for second-round funding, evidence of the value to industry of DERI's research. They are Cisco, Nortel, Ericsson, Storm, Cyntelix, OpenLink Software, Celtrak and Fidelity. These partners provide a cost share contribution to the research. DERI has created initiatives such as DERI LABS, DERI LAND and the DERI Entrepreneurial Forum, which help bridge the gap between research and its industrial application. The purpose of these initiatives is to create and encourage an environment where commercial ideas, market potential and likely routes to markets can be explored. DERI will extend these activities as part of this proposal to achieve a closer engagement with industry.
A key strategic element of the Irish government's and European Union's policies of creating a knowledge economy is investment in research. DERI is supporting Ireland's economic growth and competitiveness and is enabling its knowledge economy by developing collaborative networks and skilled people, e.g., fourth-level graduates. In addition DERI's Outreach Programme is increasing technology awareness through a comprehensive range of Internet courses, lectures and projects aimed at community groups, schools and third-level colleges.

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