Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has been on a quest for several years for the adoption of something he has coined the semantic Web — a data-rich, interconnected Web.
He told me yesterday in Washington that his vision is taking form this year with ambitious programs with Obama Administration, with the data.gov initiative, and with the government of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, for whom he consults.
See transcript below.
In the U.S., the move to put great amounts of raw data on the Web has been accelerated by the U.S. stimulus package he told me.
Sir Tim was in Washington at a symposium about science and technology at the Embassy of Finland organized by Finland’s Technology Academy Foundation. The Helsinki-based foundation presents an achievement award every two years. Sir Tim was the first recipient of the award in 2004.
He was interviewed on stage by Steve Lohr, technology correspondent for The New York Times. A video stream of the two-hour event can be seen here.
Sir Tim and his New Flip: He Shoots Me, I Shoot Him!
Couldn’t help but notice Sir Tim with a Flip video camera as he was capturing the event. I filmed him with my Canon digital camera as he filmed me. You can find the brief scene edited at the end of my interview.
Andy Plesser, Executive Producer