Many Happy Returns World Wide Web

March 18, 2009 at 6:11 am 1 comment

I THINK there is a big celebration at CERN this month. If you visit the website of CERN http://public.web.cern.ch/public/ the first topic you would find is “World Wide Web @ 20”
Well … It was 20 years ago this month that Tim Berners-Lee and others  at the  European Laboratory for Particle Physics, more popularly known as CERN, proposed a new protocol for information distribution. This protocol, which became the World Wide Web in 1991, was based on hypertext – a system of embedding links in text to link to other text, while reading these pages.
Take a look at the picture here, In March 1989, Tim Berners-Lee submitted a paper called “Information Management: a Proposal” to his supervisor Mike Sendall. This document, called “vague, but exciting” by Sendall, became the blueprint for the World Wide Web which launched the following year. credit:CERN

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The document that officially put the World Wide Web into the public domain on April 30, 1993. credit: CERN

Prior to the Web, If you look at an anecdotal history of the people and communities that brought about the internet, it was a result of some visionary thinking by people in the early 1960’s. J.C.R. Licklider of MIT wanted to share information on research and development in scientific and military fields. So he first proposed a global network of computers and moved over to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) to develop it. I wouldn’t dwell much into the evolution of internet but there was a lot of hoopla that “Did Al Gore invent the Internet?
I never knew this fact. But i stumbled on this acknowledgment in a paper titled “Al Gore and the Internet” http://www.eecs.umich.edu/~fessler/misc/funny/gore,net.txt that Al Gore has probably done more than any other elected official to support the growth and development of the Internet from the 1970’s to the present .

I never thought history of evolution of Internet and Web would be so interesting to read and when you look at these eventful photos it all together gives you a different high. Finally Many Happy Returns World Wide Web!!!

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  • 1. Sachin  |  March 18, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Yeno maga idu!!! 🙂

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