Olympics Opening Ceremony

Olympic Stadium

I was moved by the Olympics opening ceremony and it was great to see Tim Berners-Lee getting credit for inventing the World Wide Web. He is also an advocate of open data and is one of the main people behind, a UK Government project to open up almost all data for free re-use. This has led to some innovative and unexpected uses, such as a live London tube map (http://traintimes.org.uk/map/tube/) and a site to report, view, or discuss local problems in the UK (http://www.fixmystreet.com/).

The challenge for enterprises is to work out what they can share digitally to give some bright-spark the opportunity to innovate and generate some unexpected outcomes…

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  • JohnS 26/03/2013, 12:19

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee is doing well at the moment. He has just won the £1,000,000 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering with four others – Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin and Marc Andreessen who have done an extraordinary service for humanity as internet pioneers.

  • Tony Bright 07/04/2013, 16:51

    Thanks John, you can read more about the QE Prize and the pioneers of the internet over on the BBC’s website.


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