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Opening the Information Floodgates: Nigel Shadbolt on the Linked Data Web

Published: 9 November 2010

We are living in an age of superabundant information. The Internet and World Wide Web have been the agents of this revolution, producing a deluge of information and data which has led to a range of scientific discoveries and engineering innovations.

In this invited talk at the Royal Society, Professor Nigel Shadbolt, of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, will discuss the technologies and challenges of a newly emerged Web - the Web of Linked Data, The Linked Data Web is driven by the release of large sets of data into the public domain and offers new opportunities for science, government and business.

Over the last 18 months Professor Shadbolt has been working with Sir Tim Berners-Lee to develop Open Data technology and policy for the UK government, including His research is directed to the development of the next generation Web and the establishment of Web Science.

In this talk, which is part of the Royal Society's 350th anniversary programme, Professor Shadbolt will also address the challenges of the new Web: How will we ensure the quality and integrity of these information assets? How do we respect and protect our privacy in a world of increasingly interconnected data? And how will these fast-moving developments impact all aspects of our lives?

This event, at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, Tuesday 16 November, is free of charge and no booking or tickets are required. Doors open at 5.45 pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. The talk begins at 7.30 pm and will be broadcast live on

For further information contact Joyce Lewis (+44(0)23 8059 5453)

Professor Nigel Shadbolt is part of the Web Science Research group in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. If you are interested in doing PhD research in this group, you can find out more information on our Research pages.

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