ODI Chairman Nigel Shadbolt knighted in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Professor Nigel Shadbolt the pioneering co-founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI), and one of the world’s leading experts in web science and has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to science and engineering.

Professor Shadbolt is ODI Chairman and Head of the Web and Internet Science Group at the University of Southampton. He is one of the co-creators of the interdisciplinary field of Web Science.

In June 2009 he was appointed together with Sir Tim Berners-Lee as Information Advisor to the UK Government. The two led a team to develop data.gov.uk a single point of access for UK non-personal Governmental public data. In May 2010 he was appointed by the UK Coalition Government to the Public Sector Transparency Board responsible for setting open data standards across the public sector and developing the legal Right to Data

Responding to the news, Prof Shadbolt said:

“I'm surprised and delighted to be recognised with this very special honour. I'm fortunate to have been involved at a crucial period working withoutstandingcolleagues in the development of both web science and the open data movement. I hope thatIcan continue to make a difference as we seek tounderstandhow the web is evolving, and ensure that we are empowered individually and collectively by the data revolution."

Together with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Shadbolt established the ODI last December.

ODI Chief Executive, Gavin Starks said:

“This is very well deserved. Nigel has been instrumental in helping government understand the power of the web and open data over the past decade. As the founder and chairman of the ODI, he is inspirational in his support of our work and we would like to congratulate him on being awarded this honour “.