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The inside story of how Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt kickstarted a revolution in public data sharing

By Tom Chatfield   February 2010

Above: Tim Berners-Lee at TED2009—demanding “raw data now!”

On 5th January, just before the public launch of, Prospect’s Tom Chatfield spoke to Tim Berners-Lee about how Berners-Lee helped the government to open up public data. On 7th January, Chatfield spoke to Berners-Lee’s friend and colleague Nigel Shadbolt about his role in the project. The edited highlights of both conversations are below.

The full inside story of the government data initiative is told in the February issue of Prospect, and can be read online by subscribers here. A preview of the article, by James Crabtree, can be read for…

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