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Adapt, Derilinx receive UNESCO OceanInfoHub project backing

Joint project to develop a search portal working on top of an open knowledge graph of maritime and ocean data
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14 June 2022

Adapt, the Science Foundation Ireland research centre for AI-driven digital content technology and Derilinx, a linked and open data solutions company, have received an award from the UNESCO OceanInfoHub (OIH) project to build a semantic search engine and Web portal. The award will allow researchers to develop a search portal that will work on top of an open knowledge graph of maritime/ocean data originally collected by the UNESCO OIH project for use by the company and the public.

The OIH is a three-year project funded by the government of Flanders, Kingdom of Belgium, and implemented by the IODE Project Office of the IOC/UNESCO. It aims to make global oceans information more accessible for researchers and the public to support sustainable development, by designing a one-of-a-kind global hub search portal. This will allow existing and emerging ocean data and information systems, from any stakeholder, to interoperate with one another.

The part of the project awarded to Adapt is to help UNESCO build the OIH knowledge graph integrating various data sources worldwide and, with Derilinx, deliver a semantic search portal that will be accessible on the Web by researchers and the public.

 

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Speaking about the project, Adapt researcher Dr Fabrizio Orlandi said: “This is a very important project for us as, together with Derilinx, we have the opportunity to establish a fruitful collaboration with UNESCO, a well-known organisation with a wide spectrum of projects aiming to help people and the planet. At Adapt we have experience on similar projects with different organisations in various domains – from multimedia to Irish history – but it makes us feel very proud to know that our knowledge graph technologies will be used to support researchers on sustainability, biodiversity and the environment.”

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