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Nigel Shadbolt

Southampton, UK

Leading UK expert on the future of the web, and the storage and application of digital data

Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton

Appointed as a government Information Advisor by Gordon Brown

Nigel Shadbolt is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton and Head of the Web and Internet Science Group. He is a Director of the Web Science Trust and of the Web Foundation. Both organisations have a common commitment to advancing our understanding of the Web and promoting its positive impact on society.

In June 2009, Nigel was appointed an Information Advisor by the Prime Minister to help transform public access to Government information. A major output of this work has been the widely acclaimed data.gov.uk site – a single point of access for all Government non-personal public data. In May 2010, he was appointed by the Coalition Government to the Public Sector Transparency Board responsible for setting open data standards across the public sector and developing the legal Right to Data. He is currently co-director of the government-funded Open Data Institute, which will focus on helping private and public organisations understand how to make the most of open data.

A serial entrepreneur, in 2006 Nigel was one of three founding Directors and Chief Technology Officer of Garlik Ltd, a company specialising in consumer products and services to put people in control of their own digital information. In 2008, Garlik was awarded Technology Pioneer status by the World Economic Forum and won the prestigious UK national BT Flagship IT Award. Nigel is also a Director of Tacit Connexions and a founder of Seme4 Ltd, a company that specialises in Semantic Web and Linked Data technology and consultancy.

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"Nigel is one of the UK’s leading experts on the storage and application of data, and the issues of privacy and trust these technologies raise. He is the co-author of The Spy in the Coffee Machine (2008) and was overall series consultant to the BBC’s documentary series The Virtual Revolution (2010)."

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