World Wide Web@20

The first web server: this machine was used by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990 to develop and run the first WWW server, multi-media browser and web editor. (Image: CERN)

With 2009 being declared the Year of Creativity and Innovation by the European Union, the 20th anniversary of the Web serves as a timely reminder of the powerful role that creativity in basic research plays as a driver of innovation. I hope you enjoy the celebration.

Rolf Heuer
CERN Director-General

March 2009: 20 years of the web

Twenty years ago this month, something happened at CERN that would change the world forever: Tim Berners-Lee handed a document to his supervisor Mike Sendall entitled "Information Management : a Proposal". "Vague, but exciting" is how Mike described it, and he gave Tim the nod to take his proposal forward. The following year, the World Wide Web was born. This week, it's a pleasure and an honour for us to welcome the Web's inventor back to CERN to mark this special anniversary at the place the Web was born.

The celebration

A celebration was held in the Globe on the afternoon of the 13th March to bring together those who created the web at CERN. The event included short presentations from Web veterans, a keynote speech from Tim Berners-Lee, a demonstration of the original browser on the NeXT computer, and a series of presentations from people that Tim believes are doing exciting things with the Web today.

Where the web was born

More information on the beginnings of the web at CERN can be found in the following sites:

 

Photos

Photographs of the day's events can be found on the CERN Document Server (CDS):

Looking back: the birth of the web

You can find the terms of use for this material, as well as instructions for downloading high-resolution versions here.

 

Video: 20 years of the web

Collected footage, including interviews with Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau. Duration: 37mins.

This movie is hosted here.

You can find the terms of use for this material, as well as instructions for downloading high-resolution versions here.

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