DIADEM is funded primarily through an “Advanced Investigator Grant” of the European Research Council (ERC). The grant finances the majority of the Oxford team as well as visiting collaborators.
The idea of DIADEM is the brainchild of Georg Gottlob, Professor of Computing Science at the University of Oxford and the Vienna University of Technology. His current research deals with web data extraction, database theory, query languages, data exchange, and with graph-theoretic problem decomposition methods that can be used for recognizing large classes of tractable instances of hard problems. He has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for his fundamental contributions to both artificial intelligence and to database systems.