Information Management: A Proposal
Tim Berners-Lee, CERN, March 1989
This proposal concerns the management of general information about accelerators and experiments at CERN. It discusses the problems of loss of information about complex evolving systems and derives a solution based on a distributed hypertext system.
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On March 12 1989, 25 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee, computer scientist at the CERN lab in Switzerland, submitted a proposal for an information management system to his boss, Mike Sendall. ‘Vague, but exciting’, were the words that Sendall wrote on the proposal, allowing Berners-Lee to continue.
With help from Robert Cailliau, Lee published a more formal proposal (on 12 November 1990) to build a “Hypertext project” called “WorldWideWeb” (one word, also “W3”) as a “web” of "hypertext documents" to be viewed by "browsers" using a client–server architecture.(more info)