Web pioneer Professor Nigel Shadbolt receives knighthood

Web pioneer and Open Data Institute (ODI) co-founder Professor Nigel Shadbolt has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to science and engineering.

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Web pioneer and Open Data Institute (ODI) co-founder Professor Nigel Shadbolt has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to science and engineering.

Along with inventor of the World Wide Web, fellow Southampton professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Shadbolt set up the ODI in East London’s Tech City last December, aiming to generate economic and social benefits through the use of open data.

Professor Shadbolt, currently head of the Web and Internet Science Group at the University of Southampton, is credited as one of the co-creators of the interdisciplinary field of web science, and has published over 400 academic papers in his 30 year career on topics such as the semantic web.

“I’m surprised and delighted to be recognised with this very special honour,” said Professor Shadbolt. “I'm fortunate to have been involved at a crucial period working with outstanding colleagues in the development of both Web Science and the Open Data movement.

“I hope that I can continue to make a difference as we seek to understand how the web is evolving, and ensure that we are empowered individually and collectively.”

Professor Shadbolt is also director of the Web Science Trust and the Web Foundation, and was appointed by the Prime Minister as an Information Advisor in order to promote open data with within the public sector in 2009, with his work supporting the production of the data.gov.uk site.

Also mentioned in the2013 honours list was James Bennet, director of technology at Ernst & Young.  Bennet, one of the early supporters of the Technology Leadership Group at the Prince’s Trust, received an Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to young people following his role in raising £15 million for the Trust.

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