The computational fabric that underpins our world is connected to every aspect of modern life; from health to education, transport to energy, finance to defence. There is a dawning recognition that the data this fabric consumes, generates and transfers is a vital asset.

Data once considered dry, dull and boring is at the heart of our digital society. This talk will demonstrate that data is a vital infrastructure; a vital infrastructure for individuals, organisations and nation states. It is an infrastructure that needs to be engineered, curated and cared for.

It is an infrastructure that demands particular skills within our society. It is an infrastructure that becomes much more effective if rooted in the standards and technology of linked data.

About the speaker: Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute. He is also 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 which seeks to advance our understanding of the Web and promote the Web’s positive impact on society.

Sir Nigel Shadbolt
Chairman and Co-Founder, ODI

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute. He is also 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 which seeks to advance our understanding of the Web and promote the Web’s positive impact on society.

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