4: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, web inventor and advisor to government on open data
Engineer, computer scientist and academic Sir Tim-Berners Lee is a UK IT personality who barely needs introduction. Rather than plunging into academic obscurity, the inventor of the World Wide Web remains active in the industry. Berners-Lee was recruited by then-prime minister Gordon Brown in 2009 to help make government data more accessible on the web and alongside Professor Nigel Shadbolt, he launched public data repository data.gov.uk. Later that year, he launched the World Wide Web Foundation to "advance the web to empower humanity by launching transformative programmes that build local capacity to leverage the web as a medium for positive change." The inventor of the web was also appointed to head up the Institute of Web Science, an academic base set up earlier this year for research into the semantic web and other emerging web technologies, as part of the previous government’s plans to position the UK as one of the centres of excellence in the digital sector. The project was cut back only two mo
Computer Weekly has announced the first ever list of the 50 most influential people in UK IT.
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The UKtech50 is the first list of the real movers and shakers in UK IT – the CIOs, industry executives, public servants and business leaders driving the creation of a high-tech economy. Most of these types of lists in the past have looked at the IT sector globally – uniquely, we concentrated on UK-based individuals or Brits abroad, so the list is not dominated by obvious names such as Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.
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