April 20, 2009

Web Founder To Open Annual WWW Conference

Tim Berners-Lee, one of the inventors of the World Wide Web, is slated to address audiences on Wednesday during the opening ceremonies of the 18th international World Wide Web conference in Madrid, Spain.

Berners-Lee's keynote address will "add to the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the Web Technology," according to a conference statement.

Berners-Lee worked alongside scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to create the framework of the World Wide Web as a means for scientists to share information.

Twenty years ago, in March, Berners-Lee handed his supervisor in Geneva a document entitled 'Information Management: a proposal."

His supervisor, Mike Sendall, described the proposal as "vague, but exciting," and it was allowed to proceed initially as a way for European nuclear physicists to keep in touch.

"When CERN scientists find a technological hurdle in the way of their ambitions, they have a tendency to solve it," said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer.

"I'm pleased to say that the spirit of innovation that allowed Tim Berners-Lee to invent the Web at CERN, and allowed CERN to nurture it, is alive and well today."

Berners-Lee is also expected to participate in a panel alongside other pioneers of Web technology, to discuss the evolution of the Web. The panel will be chaired by Wendy Hall, the President of the Association for Computer Machinery.

The five-day conference is expected to see the presentation of 105 research papers discussing topics including interactive television and mobile web applications. The presentation of the papers will take place from Wednesday, 22nd until Friday, 24th of April.

In 1994, the Web was filled with just 500 modest sites, according to an estimate from Microsoft. Today there are millions sites.

Last year's conference was held in China, it will take place in the US in 2010.


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