Berners-Lee takes professorial chair at Southampton University

The man recognised as the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is to begin work on the next version of the web at...

The man recognised as the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is to begin work on the next version of the web at University of Southampton, where he has been appointed a professor.

Berners-Lee said the next version of the web, the Semantic Web, is "an extension of the current web in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in co-operation".

The Semantic Web provides a common framework which allows data to be shared and reused across applications, enterprises, and community boundaries, he said.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is collaborating with a large number of researchers and industrial partners to create it.

Berners-Lee will take up a chair in computer science at the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science, holding this position as well as being senior research scientist at MIT, and director of W3C.

Professor Wendy Hall, head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton, said, "Many of the staff in the school have worked with [Berners-Lee] on the development of the World Wide Web over many years, and we are now closely involved with the evolution of the Semantic Web, which is Tim's vision for the future of the web."

"Tim’s appointment is a fantastic boost to our work here in Southampton. It also enables us to deepen our involvement with both US and European initiatives in this area," said Professor Nigel Shadbolt, director of the Advanced Knowledge Technologies Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration, the UK’s largest Semantic Web project.

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