Dame Wendy Hall: Web Science

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Portrait of Wendy Hall, 2009  ©The Royal Society

 

Pre-dating the World Wide Web, Dame Wendy Hall worked in a team which pioneered linking multimedia, such as text documents, photos, video and sound files, their system was called the Microcosm hypermedia system.  Tim Berners-Lee’s version of hypermedia became the standard that now links web pages across the world and on these pages are embedded multimedia. Dame Wendy’s work has been at the forefront of the Web’s development.

Wendy is a leading Web Scientist, meaning that she studies what the World Wide Web is, including understanding the underlying technologies, how people use the Web and its impact on society.

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CLASSROOM IDEAS

Computing: Find out the difference between the internet and the World Wide Web.  Should all people of all ages from all countries have access to everything on the World Wide Web? Find out some facts on this and hold a class debate.

This work was supported by the Institute of Coding, which is supported by the Office for Students (OfS).