re: Reinventing the Web
For an excellent first hand history of the Web - and a linked data proposal which seems to share many of the simple, scalable properties of his original invention - see Tim Berners-Lee's Feb 2009 TED Talk on the 20th anniversary of the Web:
Some comments on this talk's comment thread suggest that it's inappropriate for TBL to take credit for inventing the Web.
I believe that TBL is typically modest and accurate in saying he invented the Web.
TBL does NOT claim to have invented hypertext or the underlying and pre-existing internet protocols which he used very effectively.