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Tim Berners-Lee pursues Semantic Web at Southampton University

By Matt Whipp

Posted on 3 Dec 2004 at 11:23

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, is to spread his talents beyond the MIT by taking on a professorship at Southampton University.

Berners-Lee will use the position to concentrate on his work on the next generation of the web, known as the Semantic Web: a way of using meta data to give added layers of meaning to online information. It is seen as the long-term solution for making the vast amount of data on the Internet more manageable.

Berners-Lee will hold a chair at the university's computer science department, which is already closely tied with the development of the Semantic Web - and several of the staff have already worked with Berners-Lee on this.

Along with his new post, Berners-Lee will continue to hold his position as senior research scientist at MIT and his directorship at the W3C.

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