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Tuesday 15 September 2009

PM welcomes Sir Tim Berners-Lee to Downing Street

The PM meets Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt; Crown copyright

The Prime Minister welcomed the creator of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton, Nigel Shadbolt, to Downing Street this morning.

Mr Berners-Lee and Mr Shadbolt presented an update to Cabinet on their work advising the Government on how to make data more accessible to the public.

Gordon Brown has already spoken publicly about his aim of making the UK a world leader in opening up government information on the internet, an important element of Building Britain’s Future.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee told Cabinet about the goal of delivering a single online access point to Government information, similar to the one introduced by the Obama administration in the US.

He also spoke about proposals to extend the “open data” approach, ensuring greater transparency in government and improving the efficiency of public services.

The Government hopes the data project will benefit the UK by creating jobs, driving new economic growth and allowing the re-use of government data to encourage the development of new, innovative information-based businesses and services.

It is also expected to help increase the transparency of government and empower citizens to get more out of public service by tailoring it to their needs.

After the update from Sir Tim and Professor Shadbolt, The Prime Minister confirmed his full support for the next phase of their work.

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