Driving Economic Growth through Open Data
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  Nigel Shadbolt   Nigel Shadbolt
Professor of Artifical Intelligence, University of Southampton and
Co-Director, Open Data Institute


Wednesday, September 19, 2012
03:45 PM - 04:15 PM
Level:  Case Study

The newly formed UK Open Data Institute (ODI) which is scheduled to formally launch in September 2012, is a 10 million pound UK government initiative intended to help private and public organizations understand how to make the most of open data. It will draw on the talent of UK entrepreneurs and students to identify startups and business ideas that can leverage open data to create opportunities for economic innovation and growth.

Professor Nigel Shadbolt will describe the ODI's objectives and the role that semantic technologies can play in realizing them.

Nigel Shadbolt is Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Head of the Web and Internet Science Group, Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. With over 400 publications he has researched on topics ranging from cognitive psychology to computational neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence to the Semantic Web. He was one of the originators of the interdisciplinary field of Web Science and is a Director of the Web Science Trust, and of the Web Foundation - both organisations have a common commitment to advance our understanding of the Web and promote the Web's positive impact on society. He has recently been awarded £6M funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to lead a research project on The Study and Practice of Social Machines (SOCIAM). The project is for 5 years and includes the Universities of Southampton, Edinburgh and Oxford. In 2009 the Prime Minister appointed him and Sir Tim Berners-Lee as Information Advisors to transform access to Public Sector Information. This work led to the highly acclaimed data.gov.uk site that now provides a portal to over 7800 datasets. In May 2010 he was asked by the UK Coalition Government to join the Public Sector Transparency Board – this oversees Open Data releases across the public sector. In April 2011 he became Chair of the UK Government’s midata programme - which seeks to empower consumers by releasing their data back to them. In November 2011 he was named co-director of the Open Data Institute to be based in Shoreditch, London. A founder and Chief Technology Officer of ID protection company Garlik Ltd. he was responsible for overseeing development of its Semantic Web based technology platform. In 2008 Garlik was awarded Technology Pioneer status by the Davos World Economic Forum and won the prestigious UK national BT Flagship IT Award. In December 2011 Garlik was acquired by Experian Ltd. In its 50th Anniversary year 2006–2007, Nigel was President of the British Computer Society. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Computer Society. In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary DSc by the University of Nottingham.

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