[LINK] Kerry Webb

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Nov 13 10:08:28 AEDT 2015

Ivan Trundle wrote Sun Nov 8 07:25:09 AEDT 2015:

> For Linkers who are unaware - long-standing Linker Kerry Webb is
> with  us no more. ...

The Canberra Times announced the death of Kerry Webb, former ACT 
government Web architect and Director of Systems for  the National 
Library of Australia, 7 November 2015.

Kerry was central to getting the Australian Government on the web in the 
mid 1990s. He was a member of the informal "Internet Conspiracy" of 
government, academic and industry people who helped formulate Australian 
Internet policy. His vision is set out in "Provision of Australian 
Government Information on the Internet" (1996): 

Kerry was regular contributor to the "Internet Reality Check", held in 
Canberra during the middle to late 1990s, with Tony Barry and Eric 
Wainwright: http://www.tomw.net.au/irc/irc4.html

A contributor to his profession, Kerry wrote the "Webb's web" column in 
the Australian Library and Information Association magazine "Incite" 
from January 2005 to December 2012: 

Also he co-authored with Christine Frey (Goodacre) of "Microcomputers in 
Australian libraries" (ALIA, 1991) and "Automating a small library" 
(ALIA, 1992). The NLA also has the sound recording by Kerry "Web based 
tools for libraries" (2008): http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-570393

A long term contributor to the Link list on Australian network policy 
and communications, Kerry's first post was "Australian Government Web 
Page", 12 Apr 1995: 

There are 159 Link posts by, or mentioning, him.

I fondly remember Kerry Webb's bemused jibes at my presentations on 
matters to do with the Internet and self-promotion therein. I will miss 
his shouting "Bingo" whenever I mentioned the "USS Blue Ridge" in a 
talk. ;-)

Tom Worthington FACS CP, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
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