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Subject: Fw: Tim's Gong - wording

This is great that Tim is getting this.

His wording below is excellent standard
position from W3C.

I think we see his focus as head of W3C
and what he sees as the requirements - and so
in the context of our discussion of the
RDF "sell" - it becomes an interesting
one given this context.

He is after all "Pope" of the W3C!


----- Original Message ----- 

Tim Berners-Lee to be honoured in Queens New Years list.

"This is an honour which applies to the the whole Web development
community, and to the inventors and developers of the Internet, whose
work made the Web possible, " stated Berners-Lee. "I accept this as an
endorsement of the spirit of the Web; of building it in a decentralized
way; of making best efforts to keep it open and fair; and of ensuring
its fundamental technologies are available to all for broad use and
innovation, and without having to pay licensing fees."

"By recognizing the Web in such a significant way, it also makes clear
the responsibility its creators and users share," he continued.
"Information technology changes the world, and as a result, its
practitioners cannot be disconnected from both its technical and
societal impacts. Rather, we share a responsibility to make this work
for the common good, and to take into account the diverse populations it

Born in London, Berners-Lee graduated from the Queen's College at Oxford
University, England in 1976. While there he built his first computer
with a soldering iron, TTL gates, an M6800 processor and an old television.

In 1980, while Berners-Lee worked as a consultant software engineer at
CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, he wrote for
his own private use his first program for storing information using the
kind of random associations the brain makes. The "Enquire" program -- 
which was never published -- formed the conceptual basis for the future
development of the Web.

While at CERN in 1989, he proposed a global hypertext project to be
known as the World Wide Web. Based on the earlier "Enquire" work, it was
designed to allow people to work together by combining their knowledge
in a Web of hypertext documents.

He wrote the first World Wide Web server, "httpd", and the first client,
"World Wide Web," in October 1990. He also wrote the first version of
the document formatting language with the capability for hypertext
links, known as HTML.

The program "WorldWideWeb" was first made available within CERN in
December 1990, and the first successful demonstration of the Web clients
and servers working over the Internet was made that same month. All of
his code was made available on the Internet at large in the summer of 1991.

 From 1991 to 1993, Berners-Lee continued working on the design of the
Web, coordinating feedback from users across the Internet. His initial
specifications for URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined and discussed in
larger circles as the Web technology spread.

In 1994, with encouragement and support from the late Michael Dertouzos,
director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Laboratory
for Computer Science (LCS), Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web
Consortium, where he presently serves as director. The W3C coordinates
Web development worldwide, with teams at MIT, European Research
Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), and Keio University
in Japan. Its goal is to lead the Web to its full potential, ensuring
its stability through rapid evolution and revolutionary transformations
of its usage.

Berners-Lee, who was cited by Time Magazine in 1999 as one of the 100
greatest minds of the 20th century, is a Distinguished Fellow of the
British Computer Society, an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of
Electrical Engineers, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001, and
received the Japan Prize in 2002. He was also the recipient of a
MacArthur Fellowship in 1998.

He has been awarded many honorary doctorates from universities around
the world, including his alma mater (2001). At MIT, he is the holder of
the 3Com Founders Chair, and holds the position of senior research
scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence
Laboratory (CSAIL).

Berners-Lee is also the author of the book "Weaving The Web"
(HarperCollins), published in 1999, which describes the Web's birth and

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The W3C was created to lead the Web to its full potential by developing
common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its
interoperability. It is an international industry consortium jointly run
by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT
CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and
Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in
Japan. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of
information about the World Wide Web for developers and users, and
various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new
technology. To date, nearly 400 organizations are Members of the
Consortium. For more information see http://www.w3.org/

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