Those words were tweeted by an honored Berners-Lee during the 2012 Summer Olympics ceremony. And the reason for his acknowledgment was the creation of the Web, which had occurred many years before that.
Berners-Lee was an employee at CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, when he discovered that a simpler view of all the projects and systems of the organization was needed to track the information. The big problem was that he needed to log on to each computer separately and sometimes to different programs.
Berners-Lee proposed his project of an integrated system in 1989, but the organization’s managers did not accept it. In 1990, he was allowed to start the project. And by that time, he had already started working with Robert Cailliau.
The project’s name changed from Information Management to Information Mesh and Mine of Information several times. But the final name came out as WorldWideWeb.
The Union of Two Geniuses
Another genius of technology was indirectly involved in the project, Steve Jobs. The NeXT computer, designed in 1988 by Jobs, turned out to be the project’s star.
Berners-Lee developed the technologies HTML, HTTP, and URLs, among other things. In 1991, Berners-Lee published the first website. It contained information about the WWW project and was hosted at CERN using the NeXT computer. The URL of the website was http://info.cern.ch.
An Admirable Man
His desire to make it an open and free project which the world would benefit from was accomplished. He did not patent his invention. He did not benefit from it. He decided not to control it. And that is why we, including Trebinaldi, have a huge responsibility.
A few years later, Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium, which takes care of the standards for the web.
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