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CERN To Recreate The Web's First Page For Posterity

30/04/2013 10:51 BST | Updated 30/04/2013 11:01 BST

In an admirable attempt to preserve the beginnings of the internet for posterity, researchers at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) have launched a project to recreate the first ever web page.

CERN was the birthplace of the internet when, 20 years ago today, scientists published a web document that made the technology free for everyone.

The World Wide Web, or W3 as it was known at the time, was developed by CERN professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee who insisted that it be made available to all.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee

The first web address, http://info.cern.ch, has already been restored and Cern now aim to preserve more of what went into the invention of the web.

Dan Noyes, the web manager for Cern's communication group, told the BBC: "I want my children to be able to understand the significance of this point in time: the web is already so ubiquitous - so, well, normal - that one risks failing to see how fundamentally it has changed.

"We are in a unique moment where we can still switch on the first web server and experience it. We want to document and preserve that".

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The first web address

Cern has continued to make headlines for pushing the envelope of science, and after hosting the successful search for the Higgs Boson particle is now moving on to a search for Dark Matter.