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Podcast: Tim Berners-Lee: The next Web of open, linked data

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Podcast length: 16 minutes 23 seconds

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This podcast comes from TED 2009, by the original inventor of theInternet. He looks at the next stage in the Internet's evolution; open, linked data.

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Tim Berners-Lee

In the 1980s, scientists at CERN were asking themselves how massive, complex, collaborative projects could be orchestrated and tracked. Tim Berners-Lee, then a contractor, answered by inventing the World Wide Web. This global system of hypertext documents, linked through the Internet, brought about a massive cultural shift ushered in by the new tech and content it made possible: AOL, eBay, Wikipedia,

Berners-Lee is now director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which maintains standards for the Web and continues to refine its design. Recently he has envisioned a "Semantic Web" -- an evolved version of the same system that recognizes the meaning of the information it carries. He is also a senior researcher at MIT's Computer Science and AI Lab.

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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.

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