Information Management: A Silver Anniversary
March 13, 2014 6:27 PM   Subscribe

"...the hope would be to allow a pool of information to develop which could grow and evolve..." Information Management: A Proposal is a brief technical paper first published on 12 March 1989. Within three years the author, Tim Berners-Lee, elaborated on the original proposal and created the WorldWideWeb. The W3C has launched a 25th anniversary commemorative website to mark the paper's birthday, and Berners-Lee will be giving a TED talk this weekend about the web.
posted by ardgedee (6 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Yeah, but compared to GOPHER's nice hierarchical menus, the first web page I ever looked at (on a dial-up terminal with lynx) was unnecessarily cluttered and confusing. Plus it had no wireless and less space than a nomad.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 6:53 PM on March 13, 2014 [3 favorites]

Tim, it's is Tim isn't it? Good. Tim, I like your paper. We encourage our people to innovate and I can see immediately from your use of a colon in the paper title that this paper is all about that innovation thing. I like that.

I've asked Frank here to find a slot on the agenda of the Innovation SubGroup Working Party Taskforce. No, no, no need to thank me. Now, Frank tells me that the agenda for the next few meetings is pretty tight but I am sure you'd agree that we want to get this thing right. After all [looks down] Information Management is core to our values and we want to get it right.

Great, great. And Tim, thank you.

Right, and now into the main agenda item, and I've asked that we clear the next hour for this one, why are all our servers filled with cat videos?!
posted by fallingbadgers at 6:54 PM on March 13, 2014 [7 favorites]

I'm thankful for the Web too. I probably wouldn't have the career, or friends I have, if it wasn't for this.

When most talk about the history of the Web, the tend to talk about sheer growth, or the technologies involved, but then I look at communities like Metafilter, I wonder if the most useful, impactful, long lasting turns in the Web's history happened ten years ago or longer.

When you look at the Webby awards, can you see real, innovative new uses of Web emerge after 2002?
posted by kmartino at 5:20 AM on March 14, 2014

Too soon to tell.
posted by IndigoJones at 5:55 AM on March 14, 2014

This site best viewed in AHAHA I KEED, I KEED!

Thanks, Tim.
posted by sidereal at 7:00 AM on March 14, 2014

posted by lalochezia at 2:37 PM on March 14, 2014

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