The world wide web may be 20 years old already, but it still has not
quite met the vision of its creator. As the talk starts out, the presenter
outlines why he created the internet, and what he was looking to get
from it. He explains how originally, the web was just a side project
of his, one that his boss did not really believe would fly.
The web launched regardless of these concerns, and a grassroots movement
built up. For the first time ever, there was a single, central document
format, universally accessible, regardless of the hardware used, or
the lab you accessed from.
Now, as we have done for documents, the inventor is seeking the same
for raw data. Put raw data on the web - the semantic web. He seeks a
web in which data about everybody, and everything is public, networked
and linked together in a single format on the web, such that you can
pull data about anything or anyone, and play with it, cross reference,
analyse, and build from it.
He calls this Linked Data.