Tim Berners-Lee is to take up a chair at the University of Southampton in parallel with his MIT appointment. Electronics and Computer Science, where the chair is, has been developing a strong presence in semantic web and related work.
‘Tim’s appointment is a fantastic boost to our work here in Southampton’, said Professor Nigel Shadbolt, Director of the Advanced Knowledge Technologies Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration, the UK’s largest Semantic Web project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. ‘It also enables us to deepen our involvement with both US and European initiatives in this area.’ [ECS – Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web inventor, to join ECS]
In addition to the semantic web work, the School has a long standing research interest in hypertext and web-related technologies. It has also, of course, taken the lead in developing systems and analytic support for the Open Access movement with eprints.org and related work.
It has also been the academic home of Stevan Harnad whose message on the American Scientist Open Access Forum list alerted me to the appointment.