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If It Isn't On The Web It Doesn't Exist
In the late 1990s at CERN Tim Berners-Lee was encouraging ever greater adoption of his pioneering concept to what he was calling the 'world wide web'. The working principle adopted by his supporters when referring to any new work became: “If it isn’t on the Web, it doesn’t exist!” , hence the in-house cry of “Stick in in Team Space” when someone referred to something they had authored but not circulated.


Berners-Lee said that "My vision was a system in which sharing what you knew or thought, should be as easy as learning what someone else knew. [...] The need to make all documents in some way 'equal' was also essential. The system should not constrain the user; a person should be able to link with equal ease to any document wherever it happened to be stored.


"The fundamental principle behind the Web was that once someone somewhere made available a document, database, graphic, sound, video or screen at some stage in an interactive dialogue, it should be accessible (subject to authorisation, of course) by anyone, with any type of computer, in any country. And it should be possible to make a reference -- a link -- to that thing, so that others could find it.


"The web is more a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect -- to help people work together -- and not as a technical toy. the ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our weblike existence in the world.


"The ability to refer to a document (or a person or anything else) is a fundamental right of free speech.[...] Once something is made public, one cannot complain about its address being passed around."


(From ‘Weaving the Web’ Orion Books (1999) ISBN 0 75282 090 7)