Annual General Meeting 2004 followed by a presentation on 'Missing Links'

11 May 2004

AGM at 6.30pm. Buffet at 6.45pm. Talk at 7.15pm.

Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Peter Jost Centre, School of Computing and Mathematical, John Moore's University, Byrom Street, Liverpool. View a map of Liverpool JMU

Wendy Hall



BCS members only.

The names of nominees for Officers (i.e. Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer) and Committee Members must be lodged with the Secretary at least fourteen days before the AGM, along with the names of a proposer and a seconder. Refreshments will be available after the AGM as well as prior to the debate.


  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the 2003 AGM
  3. Matters arising
  4. Chairman's Report
  5. Hon Treasurer's Report
  6. Election of Officers
  7. Election of Branch Committee
  8. Any other business

Missing Links

Long before the Web existed hypertext visionaries and researchers foresaw a richly inter-linked world that allowed authors and readers alike to move easily between related items of information in a global network.

The Web provided the infrastructure to enable those ideas to become reality but in some ways is far more limited than many of its antecedents. Links, the fundamental building blocks of any hypertext system, are still difficult to author and maintain.

Associative, personalised links, which formed the basis of Vannevar Bush's off-cited article "As We May Think", are largely missing from both the theory and the practice of building Web sites, and it is left to search engines to fill the gaps. However, the development of the Semantic Web promises to provide a much richer environment for exploring these ideas.

This talk will consider the missing links in today's Web environments and look forward to a richly linked future as the Semantic Web evolves.

About Wendy Hall

Wendy Hall is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK and currently Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS). She was the founding Head of the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia (IAM) Research Group in ECS.

She is the co-author of the book "Hypermedia and the Web: an Engineering Approach" (Wiley, 1999) and has published over 300 papers in areas such as hypermedia, multimedia, digital libraries, multi-agent systems and knowledge technologies.

She is currently President of BCS, a member of the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, a member of IW3C2, a member of the executive committee of UKCRC and a non-executive director of several companies and charitable trusts.

She was awarded a CBE in 2000, and is a Fellow of the BCS, the IEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the City and Guilds of London Institute.