Tim Berners-Lee is still inventing …

March 26, 2009 at 2:13 am 6 comments

In the 1980s Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. This global system of hypertext documents, linked through the Internet, brought about a massive cultural shift the likes of which no-one could have imagined at that time – well maybe Tim did!

Tim Berners-Lee is currently the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He is also a senior researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and AI Lab.

In this video from TED.com, Tim Berners-Lee talks about his next project – he’s building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together.

It is an amazing concept and one that is worth giving a lot of thought to. In this talk, Berners-Lee brings attention to the need for the sharing of raw data. He points out that “data drives a huge amount of what happens in our lives … because somebody takes the data and does something with it.”

What he is asking us all to do is put our data out there on the web. It is through the sharing of data by individuals, groups, businesses and governments,  and the way this data is combined and used, that advances in science will emerge. If the past was document sharing, he says, the future is data sharing.

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  • 5. Imran Hussain  |  March 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    The future he dreams of is actually the present. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Friendfeed and all such websites are letting us share data in a very open and linked way. It’s just hype that Mr. Tim seems to be creating by trying to make a new ‘web’ for it. Data is already unlocked as unlike in old days, you can now embed any kind of data in any webpage you want.

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  • 6. Babar Bhatti  |  March 27, 2009 at 2:26 am

    I’m so glad you wrote about Tim and the idea of sharing. I’m amazed almost every day by the power of networking and sharing data. I once got a chance to hear Tim talk at MIT which obviously impressive but his humbleness also left a big impression,

    BTW Isn’t TED an amazing site? It would be great to be able to share more of the videos that you do as well. Great job on that, keep it going!

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