When the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) began a project to archive the birth of the internet, they discovered that they didn’t have the earliest copies of the first web page ever made.
Fortunately for the research organization, Paul Jones, a clinical professor at UNC, has a copy on his computer on campus.
Jones said beginning in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist, circulated a disk with one of the first copies of what is known today as the World Wide Web.
It was a set of pages that linked to one another and could be viewed and edited on any computer within CERN.
Jones said Berners-Lee didn’t start keeping copies of his work until 1992, so when Dan Noyes, the current web manager at the research organization, began a project to preserve and archive the birth of the web last month, he found there was no copy of Berners-Lee’s first version of the World Wide Web.