The Inventor: Tim Berners-Lee, an Oxford-trained scientist, invented the World Wide Web in 1989 by designing a way to create links, or hypertext, amid different pieces of online information. Berners-Lee began describing the next leap in the mid-90's. Dubbed the Semantic Web, it's a method of tagging online information so it can be more easily found, understood, and organized in relation to other data, automatically, wherever it may be nestled online. As the head of the World Wide Web Consortium, Berners-Lee is working to create the technical framework for the Semantic Web. Meantime, a slew of startups, such as Radar Networks, Metaweb Technologies and big companies including Oracle and IBM are beginning to make that vision a reality.
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