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Subject: Re: [regrep] Fw: Tim's Gong - wording

Now RDF = Royal Description Framework


David RR Webber wrote:
> 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!
> DW.
> ----- 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
> serves."
> 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
> evolution.
> 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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