The world's first web page will be dragged out of cyberspace and
restored for today's Internet browsers as part of a project to celebrate
20 years of the Web, organisers said on Tuesday.
Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said it had begun recreating
the website that launched that World Wide Web, as well as the hardware
that made the groundbreaking technology possible.
first website was about the technology itself, according to CERN,
allowing early browsers to learn about the new system and create their
own web pages.
The project will allow future generations to
understand the origin and importance of the Web and its impact on modern
life, CERN web manager Dan Noyes told AFP.
"We're going to put
these things back in place, so that a web developer or someone who's
interested 100 years from now can read the first documentation that came
out from the World Wide Web team," he said.
The project was launched to mark the 20th anniversary of CERN making the World Wide Web available to the world for free.
physicist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, also called W3
or just the Web, at CERN in 1989 to help physicists to share
information, but at the time it was just one of several such information
retrieval systems using the Internet.
"It's one of the biggest days in the history of the Web," Noyes said of April 30, 1993.
"CERN's gesture of giving away the Web for free was what made it just explode."
said that other information sharing systems that had wanted to charge
royalties, like the University of Minnesota's Gopher, had "just sort of
disappeared into history".
By making the birth of the Web visible
again, the CERN team aims to emphasise the idea of freedom and openness
it was built on, Noyes said.
"In the early days, you could just go
in and take the code and make it your own and improve it. That is
something we have all benefitted from," he said.
While CERN was
not promoting any specific ideology, "we want to preserve that idea of
openness and freedom to collect and collaborate," said Noyes.