Pioneer of World Wide Web to advise UK Government on data use
The man credited with inventing the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, will advise the UK Government on the delivery of public information, such as healthcare-related data.
Sir Tim is currently director of the World Wide Web Consortium which oversees the web's continued development.
He will head a panel of experts who will advise the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how the UK Government can best use the internet to make non-personal public data as widely available as possible.
He will oversee the work to create a single online point of access for government-held public data and develop proposals to extend access to data from the wider public sector, including selecting and implementing common standards.
He will also help drive the use of the internet to improve government consultation processes.
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "So that Government information is accessible and useful for the widest possible group of people, I have asked Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who led the creation of the world wide web, to help us drive the opening up of access to Government data in the web over the coming months."
Tessa Jowell MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office said: "I'm delighted to welcome Sir Tim Berners-Lee as expert adviser on public information delivery, I know he will bring great enthusiasm and extensive knowledge to the role.
"From the performance of a local school to the most recent statistics on crime we need to make sure that people have the facts they need to make informed choices and hold public services to account," Jowell said. "Sir Tim's advice will also be invaluable when it comes to how the internet can be used to make sure government engages with as many citizens as possible."