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ICT Pioneers #2 Tim Berners-Lee

March 15, 2011

On this day in 1985 the very first Internet Domain Name was registered as www.symbolics.com. In honour of this event this week’s featured ICT Pioneer is a man who is widely acknowledged as “the man who invented the world wide web”.

Inventor of the World Wide Web

Tim Berners-Lee

In the 1980s Berners-Lee used to work for CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (and the people who have built the Large Hadron-Collider) where he had to gather together a lot of research for an important project. He was struggling with how to connect different pieces of research and thought that there must be an easier way to link any piece of information with any other piece of information. The way he did this was by using hypertext – this is the text that links one piece of information to another. The links on a website are the hypertext as they connect pages of information. He combined this idea of hypertext with an existing network that allowed computers to communicate with each other called the ARPANET and the Internet was born.

What is remarkable about Berners-Lee is the fact that he gave his invention away – he made it completely open to the public and other developerss who have made the Internet what we know it to be today.

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