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Tim Berners-Lee to head new British institute of web science

Tue Mar 23 02:18:18 EST 2010
Mon Mar 22 15:18:18 UTC 2010

LONDON, March 22 AFP - Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited with inventing the internet, will head a new British institute for web science, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced on Monday.

Thirty million pounds ($A49.15 million) has been set aside for the institute, to be based jointly at the University of Oxford and the University of Southampton, on the southern English coast, he said.

He said it would put Britain "at the cutting edge" by conducting research into new internet technologies and identifying how they can be commercialised.

Berners-Lee, who is British, will head the institute alongside Nigel Shadbolt, professor of artificial intelligence and deputy head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton university.

"British innovation brought the web to the world," said Business Secretary Peter Mandelson.

"This institute will ensure the UK remains at the forefront and that we anticipate and fully exploit the economic and social benefits of future developments."