Shane O'Neill

I am Shane O'Neill: Father, Fisherman, Founder of various digital businesses & corporate publisher

Now entering my Third Phase - balancing personal and professional activities at a less frenetic pace!

This blog is a referral site where I can store reflections, comment on my continuing professional interests, & record my developing personal experiences and activities.

It contains a private log in area for Family & Friends. 

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Professional Reflections

The man who invented the wheel - twice!

When the former Labour minister Jack Straw walked over to Sir Tim Berners Lee during the latter’s introduction to an awestruck UK Cabinet in June 2009 and said how honoured he was to meet the man who had invented the World Wide Web, he said: “It’s like meeting the man who invented the wheel”. Straw’s colleague’s cruel follow up: “And what was that like Jack?”  seems destined already  to become part of web folklore. 

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Professional

Government pioneers the semantic web

Among the many remarkable things about our new Coalition Government is the extent to which it has deepened the previous Government’s commitment to open data policies.

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Reflections

A History of the World in a single tablet

The BBC’s magnificent series A History of the World in 100 Objects broadcast an episode this month on the earliest recorded and extant communications writing device. This was a clay tablet used by civil servants in 3,300 BCE in the valley of Ur in Mesopotamia to record inventory and payments of beer to royal workers. 

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