Tim Berners Lee quotes

Born
8 June 1955, London, England.

Occupation
Engineer, computer scientist.

Tim Berners Lee is an English engineer and computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web.

When something is such a creative medium as the web, the limits to it are our imagination.
– Tim Berners Lee
That idea of URL was the basic clue to the universality of the Web. That was the only thing I insisted upon.
– Tim Berners Lee
The Mobile Web Initiative is important – information must be made seamlessly available on any device.
– Tim Berners Lee
The original idea of the web was that it should be a collaborative space where you can communicate through sharing information.
– Tim Berners Lee
The Semantic Web isn’t inherently complex. The Semantic Web language, at its heart, is very, very simple. It’s just about the relationships between things.
– Tim Berners Lee
The people who designed the tools that make the Net run had their own ideas for the future.
– Tim Berners Lee
Things can change so fast on the internet.
– Tim Berners Lee
Sites need to be able to interact in one single, universal space.
– Tim Berners Lee
The amount of control you have over somebody if you can monitor internet activity is amazing.
– Tim Berners Lee
Intellectual property is an important legal and cultural issue. Society as a whole has complex issues to face here: private ownership vs. open source, and so on.
– Tim Berners Lee
When you go onto the internet, if you really rummage around randomly then how do you hope to find something of any of value?
– Tim Berners Lee
The important thing is the diversity available on the Web.
– Tim Berners Lee
I hope we will use the Net to cross barriers and connect cultures.
– Tim Berners Lee
When it comes to professionalism, it makes sense to talk about being professional in IT. Standards are vital so that IT professionals can provide systems that last.
– Tim Berners Lee
Celebrity damages private life.
– Tim Berners Lee
Any enterprise CEO really ought to be able to ask a question that involves connecting data across the organization, be able to run a company effectively, and especially to be able to respond to unexpected events. Most organizations are missing this ability to connect all the data together.
– Tim Berners Lee
I think when you have a lot of jumbled up ideas they come together slowly over a period of several years.
– Tim Berners Lee
I’m not a fan of giving a website a simple number like an IQ rating because like people they can vary in all kinds of different ways. So I’d be interested in different organisations labelling websites in different ways.
– Tim Berners Lee
It’s interesting that people throughout the existence of the web have been concerned about monopolies.
– Tim Berners Lee
I think IT projects are about supporting social systems – about communications between people and machines. They tend to fail due to cultural issues.
– Tim Berners Lee
What I do has to be a function of what I can do, not a function of what people ask me to do.
– Tim Berners Lee
Innovation is serendipity, so you don’t know what people will make.
– Tim Berners Lee
Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don’t care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.
– Tim Berners Lee
The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.
– Tim Berners Lee
The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.
– Tim Berners Lee
What is a Web year now, about three months? And when people can browse around, discover new things, and download them fast, when we all have agents – then Web years could slip by before human beings can notice.
– Tim Berners Lee
In ’93 to ’94, every browser had its own flavor of HTML. So it was very difficult to know what you could put in a Web page and reliably have most of your readership see it.
– Tim Berners Lee
We shouldn’t build a technology to colour, or grey out, what people say. The media in general is balanced, although there are a lot of issues to be addressed that the media rightly pick up on.
– Tim Berners Lee
It’s amazing how quickly people on the internet can pick something up, but it’s also amazing how quickly they can drop it.
– Tim Berners Lee
Physicists analyze systems. Web scientists, however, can create the systems.
– Tim Berners Lee
Whatever the device you use for getting your information out, it should be the same information.
– Tim Berners Lee
Customers need to be given control of their own data-not being tied into a certain manufacturer so that when there are problems they are always obliged to go back to them.
– Tim Berners Lee
We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.
– Tim Berners Lee
There was a time when people felt the internet was another world, but now people realise it’s a tool that we use in this world.
– Tim Berners Lee
The Domain Name Server (DNS) is the Achilles heel of the Web. The important thing is that it’s managed responsibly.
– Tim Berners Lee
Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.
– Tim Berners Lee
Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
– Tim Berners Lee
One of the issues of social networking silos is that they have the data and I don’t.
– Tim Berners Lee
If you are not on the web, you will have problems accessing services.
– Tim Berners Lee