Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute. He is also principal of Jesus College, Oxford, and professorial research fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. With over 400 publications he has researched topics ranging from cognitive psychology to computational neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence to the Semantic Web. He was one of the originators of the interdisciplinary field of Web Science and is a Director of the Web Science Trust which seeks to advance our understanding of the Web and promote the Web’s positive impact on society.
In 2009 the Prime Minister appointed him and Sir Tim Berners-Lee as Information Advisors to transform access to Public Sector Information. This work led to the highly acclaimed data.gov.uk site that now provides a portal to over 40,000 datasets.