Deirdre Lynn

Deirdre Lee - Derilinx

What is your idea?

We have developed the Derilinx Platform to allow Public Sector Bodies to make effective use of and gain valuable insights from their data.

What problem are you solving and what is innovative about your approach?

It has sometimes been said that data is the new oil – it is valuable and it can fuel innovation. But just like oil it can be hard to source and it also needs to be of high quality to be useful. This is where we come in.

All Public Sector Bodies generate data – it might be data about transport use, natural resources or public expenditure - but many also struggle to find, access and analyse their data effectively, and to make it available for others to use.

Our platform allows organisations to identify, catalogue and enrich high quality ‘clean’ data that can then be used for data visualisation, modelling and analytics.

Unlike other offerings on the market, our platform enables organisations in the early stages of data use, to ensure they have clean data in appropriate formats so it can work well to fuel research, innovation and effective change.

What’s the backstory here and how did you get involved?

Derilinx is a spin-out company from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway, where I worked in the eGovernment Group for seven years.

There I recognised that Public Sector Bodies can have considerable issues sourcing and sharing data in their work, a concept that we developed with the support of the Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund.

Myself and Co-Director of Derilinx, Fergal Marrinan, founded the company in 2014. Fergal has more than 20 years of experience working with public agencies, both within Ireland and at a European level.

Derilinx addresses challenges within the Public Sector associated with sharing both Open Data and internal data. We are responsible for building and maintaining the National Open Data Portal, under the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Our customer base includes the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Local Government Management Agency.

How is this idea commercially attractive?

Internationally there is a big push for Public Bodies to both publish data as Open Data for innovation and transparency reasons, but also to better use and govern the data they hold internally. Improved management of data processes paves the way for evidence-based decision-making, cost-savings through greater organisational efficiencies, and improved use of business intelligence.

The market for the Derilinx Platform encompasses all Public Sector Bodies. Across Ireland and the UK alone there are approximately 74 Government Departments, 650 public agencies and 490 local authorities that could benefit from our platform and services - but we see the reach of Derilinx being global.

What are you looking for at the Big Ideas event?

We are looking for investment to position Derilinx as the global leader in Linked & Open Data by building an international customer base, refining the Derilinx Platform and extending the Derilinx team, both in Ireland, and in hubs around the world.

At Big Ideas, we are interested in meeting collaborators who are passionate about realising improved Public Services and efficient Governments through the power of data.