First International Conference on the World-Wide Web
WWW1
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WWW1 logo
Host countrySwitzerland
DateMay 25, 1994 (1994-05-25)
May 27, 1994 (1994-05-27)
Venue(s)CERN
CitiesGeneva
Participants
  • 380
  • Oscar Nierstrasz (Program chair)[1]
  • Bertrand Ibrahim (Conference chair)[1]
Websitewww.cern.ch/www94

Tim Berners-Lee drew what he called the "metro": a diagram of the relationships between the existing systems (FTP, SMTP, HTTP, ...) in the form of a stylised map resembling that of the London Underground. That made me think that we needed to deal with a lot more hard computer science than our small team of four or five could intellectually handle. Therefore I began to toy with the idea of an international conference on WWW technologies. Tim was not convinced, but I went ahead.

Robert Cailliau[2]

The First International Conference on the World-Wide Web (also known as WWW1) was the first-ever conference about the World Wide Web, and the first meeting of what became the International World Wide Web Conference. It was held on May 25 to 27, 1994 in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference had 380 participants,[3] who were accepted out of 800 applicants.[4] It has been referred to as the "Woodstock of the Web".[5]

The event was organized by Robert Cailliau,[6][7] a computer scientist who had helped to develop the original WWW specification, and was hosted by CERN.[8] Cailliau had lobbied inside CERN, and at conferences like the ACM Hypertext Conference in 1991 (in San Antonio) and 1993 (in Seattle). After returning from the Seattle conference, he announced the new World Wide Web Conference 1.[9] Coincidentally, the NCSA announced their Mosaic and the Web conference 23 hours later.[9]

Content

Dave Raggett showed his testbed web browser Arena and gave a summary of his first HTML+ Internet Draft.[10] He also submitted a paper for VRML.[3]

The Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago presented a web browser and HTML editor called Phoenix built upon tkWWW version 0.9.[11][12] The editor extended the functionality of tkWWW.[11][13]

Best of the Web Awards

The Best of the Web Awards were given out on May 26 following the "Best of WWW" contest set up by Brandon Plewe. The awards were selected via a two-month open nomination, and a two-week open voting period. A total of 5,225 votes were cast, with the winners averaging 100 votes.[14][15]

Best of the Web '94 Recipients

Best Overall Site

Winner
Honorable Mentions
Other Nominees

Best Campus-Wide Information Service

Winner
Honorable Mentions
Other Nominees

Best Commercial Service

Winner
Honorable Mention
Other Nominees

Best Educational Service

Winner
Honorable Mention
Other Nominees

Best Entertainment Service

Winner
Honorable Mention
Other Nominees

Best Professional Service

Winner
Honorable Mention
Other Nominees

Best Navigational Aid

Winner
Honorable Mention
Other Nominees

Most Important Service Concept

Winner
Honorable Mention
Other Nominees

Best Document Design

Winner
Honorable Mention
Other Nominees

Best Use of Interaction

Winner
Honorable Mention
Other Nominees

Best Use of Multiple Media

Winner
Honorable Mention
Other Nominees

Most Technical Merit

Winner
Honorable Mention
Other Nominees

World Wide Web Hall of Fame Inductees

The following people were inducted into the World Wide Web Hall of Fame for their contributions and influence.[17] The inductees received a Chromachron watch, engraved with the WWW logo.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b "Thanks to People". CERN. 28 May 1994. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  2. ^ n:Wikinews:Story preparation/Interview with Robert Cailliau
  3. ^ a b "First International Conference on the World-Wide Web". CERN. 2 June 1994. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  4. ^ Robert Cailliau (1995). "A Little History of the World Wide Web". World Wide Web Conference. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  5. ^ "How the web began". CERN. 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  6. ^ Robert Cailliau (21 July 2010). "A Short History of the Web". NetValley. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  7. ^ Tim Berners-Lee. "Frequently asked questions - Robert Cailliau's role". World Wide Web Consortium. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  8. ^ "IW3C2 - Past and Future Conferences". International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee. 2010-05-02. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  9. ^ a b Petrie, Charles; Cailliau, Robert (November 1997). "Interview Robert Cailliau on the WWW Proposal: "How It Really Happened."". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  10. ^ Raggett, Dave. "Dave Raggett's Bio". World Wide Web Consortium. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  11. ^ a b Marc G. Lavenant; John A. Kruper (25–27 May 1994). "The Phoenix Project: Distributed Hypermedia Authoring" (PostScript). World Wide Web Conference 1. University of Chicago: CERN. Archived from the original on November 20, 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  12. ^ Virden, Larry W. (26 July 2006). "comp.lang.tcl Frequently Asked Questions (July 26, 2006) (4/6)". SourceForge. Archived from the original on 4 April 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  13. ^ README of Phoenix-0.1.8 Alpha release (released 15 May 1995); available here
  14. ^ a b "Awards". CERN. 28 May 1994. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  15. ^ "The Best of the Web '94". Best of the Web Directory. Best of the Web. 1994. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  16. ^ Reported in the BoWeb '94 web site as "Naples Institute of Physics"
  17. ^ "BoWeb 94 - WWW Hall of Fame". Best of the Web Directory. Best of the Web. Archived from the original on 1999-02-24. Retrieved 16 May 2010.