UK Web Science
$45 million is quite huge .... by Mar 28
And with of course Nigel Shadbolt by Mar 28
Posted by Tom Foremski - March 22, 2010 Associated Press reports that Tim Berners Lee, who developed the world wide web, a method of viewing and displaying pages of content, will head the UK's Institute of Web Science. The institute -- which has been given 30 million pounds ($45 million) funding -- will aim to help Britain develop 250,000 new jobs in the technology sector. 250.000 jobs ?
Southampton & Oxford to partner
Gordon Brown: "The next generation web ... will change fundamentally the way we conduct business" The government has announced plans for a new Institute of Web Science to be hosted jointly by Oxford and Southampton Universities. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said £30m was being committed to the project. Sir Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the world wide web, and Professor Nigel Shadbolt will head the new institute. The government said one role of the institute would be to ensure greater access to information. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "We want to build on the outstanding work Sir Tim and Nigel Shadbolt have put in to 'making public data public'. Gordon Brown video
The sceptics As an alliance of the desperate, this one takes some beating. The Greatest Living Briton (Sir Timothy Berners Lee) has been thrown £30m of taxpayers' money for a new institute to research "web science". Meanwhile the Prime Minister waxed lyrical today about the semantic web - how "data" would replace files, with machine speaking unto machine in a cybernetic paradise.