It’s the night before Valentine’s Day and I know what you are thinking: “What would Tim Berners-Lee be doing right about now?”

I’ll tell you what he is doing. He is linking data. After all, that is what drove him to create HTML over 20 years ago. No, he didn’t invent the web. He wasn’t the first to dream up the idea of linking together documents and information between computers and systems.

But what he does do is to see the potential in things. And for the past few years he has been seeing the potential in connecting open data sources from around the web.

His ultimate goal is simple enough: to connect all data being created, everywhere, in real-time.

Piece of cake.

Big data is not new. It is not a passing fancy. Linked data  is, quite simply, the Egg McMuffin of future opportunities.