a bit about him
A year and a half spent as an independent consultant included a six month stint (Jun-Dec 1980)as consultant software engineer at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. Whilst there, he wrote for his own private use his first program for storing information including using random associations. Named "Enquire", and never published, this program formed the conceptual basis for the future development of the World Wide Web.
From 1981 until 1984, Tim worked at John Poole's Image Computer Systems Ltd, with technical design responsibility. Work here included real time control firmware, graphics and communications software, and a generic macro language. In 1984, he took up a fellowship at CERN, to work on distributed real-time systems for scientific data acquisition and system control. Among other things, he worked on FASTBUS system software and designed a heterogeneous remote procedure call system." -from http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/berners-lee.htm
Before Tim Berners-Lee came up with the web, how long would it have taken to settle the argument about who directed The Apartment, the year King Canute attempted to turn the tide or the lowest price for Norah Jones CDs?
Now the man with a passion for enabling access to information is looking for phase two, which he calls "interoperability for data".
If you had your holiday photographs stored on your computer, for instance, his idea of a digital organism would make it possible for the pictures to display when they were taken."