The World Wide Web Was Born 20 Years Ago Today

It was 20 years ago today that Tim Berners-Lee (left) of CERN built the world's first website. Here's how Berners-Lee described the project at the time of its launch:

The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system.

The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should be freely available to anyone. It aims to allow information sharing within internationally dispersed teams, and the dissemination of information by support groups.

The web grew rapidly and transformed cultures around it. And it's just getting started. Imagine what the web -- or whatever grows out of it -- will be like twenty years from now. One possibility is a concept called the Semantic Web:

The Semantic Web will see metadata, designed to be read by machines rather than humans, become a more important part of the online experience. Tim Berners-Lee coined this term, describing it as “A web of data that can be processed directly and indirectly by machines,” – a ‘giant global graph’ of linked data which will allow apps to automatically create new meaning from all the information out there.

The future is going to be awesome.

Link -via Gizmodo | Photo by Flickr user campuspartymexico used under Creative Commons license

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