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Saturday 24 August 2019

Insight data centre to create 300 research jobs

NUI Galway
NUI Galway

Sarah McCabe

300 jobs will created at a new data analytics organisation which spans four of the country’s biggest universities, its management said.

Insight, the data analytics centre announced earlier this year, opened in July but was officially launched in Dublin today.

It is a joint initiative between University College Cork, Dublin City University, University College Dublin and NUI Galway. It was established by state agency Science Foundation Ireland, with a €75m investment.

The jobs will be created in spin-offs generated by the centre, management said.

Insight is designed to provide a national research platform in information and communications technology (ICT), to capitalise on the massive amounts of data generated by today’s information-rich society.

Almost everything we do generates data, particularly our online activities. The internet captures a wealth of information about how we live, work and play every second of the day. Millions of networked sensors are being embedded in everything from mobile phones to cars to smart energy meters to healthcare services.

It is led by UCD Professor Barry Smyth. “The ultimate aim is to help people make better decisions by harnessing the data that is available to us all,” said Professor Smyth. “We have entered the age of ‘Big Data’ and with it we are witnessing a quantum leap in the quantity and quality of information drawn from all aspects of our lives.”


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