Not a lot of us know that Tim Berners-Lee founded the world wide web. He started to experiment with internet related protocols in 1989 while at work. Today, if you have a web blog or a web related business you need to thank Tim for the amazing innovation called the web.
The speech here is worth reflecting on how new the web is: in January 1992 there were only 50 web servers in the world after the web’s invention in 1990. As Berners-Lee says in the video above, the past was (and remains in many cases) links from single page to single page: the future is linked data.
For linked data to serve you that data needs to be free, so the old techniques of document sharing need to change to a culture of shared data: a commons of content that can be referenced in multiple ways.
Instead of hording data and documents as we do now, Berners-Lee calls for ‘raw data now’ to enable a future of sharing and therefore increased collaboration.
The talk is well worth spending 18 minutes for your life for the founder who created the world wide web.