Data has become a powerful force in our lives.
It can make a factory's production line more efficient; it can improve the quality of healthcare. It can create new ways to learn in schools and help to make cars safer.
It would be difficult to imagine cultural life today without any libraries, archives and museums. They are important to society, to young people as much as to old.
One of the most important roles they play is as a guardian and preserver of cultural heritage.
A few weeks ago, I was speaking at the Creators Conference about copyright and the worryingly large problem of piracy of digital content. It is also a physical problem, of course, just in the sheer trade and amount of counterfeit and pirated goods.