On 12th March 2019, Google marked the 30th anniversary of one of the most revolutionary inventions of all time – the World Wide Web – with a doodle.
It was on this day in 1989 that British scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal to his boss called ‘Information Management: A Proposal.’ Berners-Lee graduated from Oxford and became a computer scientist at CERN at Geneva, Switzerland. While this was home to the best scientists across the world, Berners-Lee realized that it was very difficult for scientists to share information with each other. Often, different data and information were stored on different systems and he observed that it was much easier to personally contact a person for the information.
He was looking out for ways to solve the problem and realized that using an emerging technology called Hypertext, all this information could be shared easily and effectively. This was when he worked on the proposal, which would go onto become the World Wide Web, today just called ‘the web’.
It is thanks to the web and Berners-Lee that there has been a massive sharing of information across the world that has encouraged collaborations and innovations like never before.
So, the World Wide Web is the total of all the web pages, pictures, videos, and all the other online content that can be accessed using a web browser. Many people mistake the web to be the internet. However, there are significant differences between the two. The internet is the network connection that allows users to access the World Wide Web.
This truly is one of the most impactful innovations of all time! What do you think?