Just under a year ago, on June 10, 2009 the UK government announced its “Making Public Data Public” initiative and tapped Sir Tim Berners-Lee as an advisor for data.gov.uk. In this session you’ll hear four fascinating perspectives on the development and impact of UK’s Gov2.0 initiative: how things got started and the power of persuasion; challenges and lessons learned in publishing the data; cultural nuances and the people perspective; and the value and impact on the developer community and general public.
The World Wide Web Consortium’s Tim Berners-Lee speaks with Information Policy and Services Directorate of the UK’s National Archives’s John L. Sheridan, FutureGov’s Dominic Campbell, and Chris Thorpe of The Guardian’s Open Platform.
A graduate of Oxford University, England, in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.
He is the 3COM Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he also heads the Decentralized Information Group (DIG). He is also a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK.
He is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a Web standards organization founded in 1994 which develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. He is co-Director of the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) started in 2006 to help create the first multidisciplinary research body to examine the World Wide Web and offer the practical solutions needed to help guide its future use and design. He is also a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, started in 2008 to fund and coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity.
In 2001 he became a fellow of the Royal Society. He has been the recipient of several international awards including the Japan Prize, the Prince of Asturias Foundation Prize, the Millennium Technology Prize and Germany’s Die Quadriga award. In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. In 2009 he was elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of “Weaving the Web”.
John Sheridan is Head of e-Services and Strategy at the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) in addition to serving as a co-chair of the W3C’s eGovernment Interest Group. OPSI is a key enabler for the re-use of government information, with responsibility for the re-use strand of policy development the operationally the management of Crown copyright and database rights (the UK Government’s Intellectual Property). John works at the intersection of information policy, technology and online service delivery. With a background in Information Technology, specializing in the Web, he has led a number of projects to enable government data, in particular using Semantic Web technology. John was part of the team of officials support the Power of Information strand of policy development. John has spoken at numerous conferences and events, in the UK and internationally, speaking to both policy and technology audiences.
John is the point person for a current project at OPSI that made The London Gazette, one of the UK’s longest standing newspapers, a vehicle for the UK government to publish usable information to the public.
Dominic is a digital government and social innovation entrepreneur with a background in government policy, communications and engagement.
Having spent 5 years in local government, Dominic established FutureGov Consultancy in early 2008. FutureGov supports central and local government in the UK to better understand and draw on social technology in the areas of digital democracy and public service innovation.
Dominic is also co-founder of social web start-ups Enabled by Design, a dot org social start up and winners of the inaugural Social Innovation Camp, and TweetyHall, helping people to find and connect with their local politicians on social network site Twitter.
Chris is never sure what to say in biographies and tends to introduce himself as someone who makes things, often with code, always powered by tea. His background as a research scientist and his early involvement in Open Access publishing, makes him fascinated and passionate about what happens when data, content, platforms, identity and pretty much anything opens up.
Previously he’s worked on projects as diverse as video archives of Nobel Prize winners, putting contemporary art on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, building best-selling social worlds for children, a developer platform for The Guardian and open data projects with the UK government.
He’s a co-founder and Technologist at Artfinder, a startup which is aiming at being the place to find art anywhere the network touches.
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