Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This Day in History

Where would we be without the Internet? You probably wouldn't talk to friends as often. You couldn't get instant news or weather updates, or watch hilarious video clips on YouTube. You'd have to find a newspaper or use the phone to find a movie show time, and there would be no online shopping. You would have a more difficult time conducting research. Worst of all, you wouldn't even be able to read SpartaBlog! ;)

Computers have come a long way since the early days of the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), developed during World War II (see photo). So if you enjoy using the Internet, join the NCC Libraries in celebrating the 1969 creation of the World Wide Web! Yes, you read that correctly: the Internet started over three decades ago. Begun as ARPAnet, this system was established by the U.S. Defense Department so scientists and other professionals could communicate with each other. This World Wide Web is completely different from the Internet we know today.

Tim Berners-Lee is usually credited as the creator of the modern Internet. He first brought HTTP, HTML and the earliest Web browser to the public's attention in the early 1990s. Slowly, Web pages started popping up, talking over a distance was easier, and more people began contributing to the Web.

Now it's hard to imagine a world without the Internet. Many NCC students have grown up with the Internet from a young age, and can't remember a time when it didn't exist. Just take a look at Google's 2001 search engine, which they posted as part of their 10-year anniversary celebration. Try searching for some things that you're familiar with now -- they probably weren't there just seven short years ago!

If you'd like more information about the Internet and World Wide Web, check out these Library resources:

Designing Web Navigation by James Kalbach
TK 5105.88 .K34 2007 Stacks

Online Matchmaking by Monica T. Whitty
HQ 801.82 .O55 2007 New Books

Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View from Europe by Jean N. Jeanneney
ZA 4234 .G64 J4313 2007 Stacks and Monroe

The Internet Revolution
by Kevin Hillstrom
TK 5105.875 .I57 H54 2005 Stacks

The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture by John Battelle
HD 9696.8 .U64 G663 2005 Stacks and Monroe

The Technology Revolution: The Not-for-Dummies Guide to the Impact, Perils, and Promise of the Internet by J.R. Okin
ZA 4201 .O44 2005 Stacks

The Internet: A Historical Encyclopedia by Hilary W. Poole
TK 5105.875 .I57 I5372 2005 Reference (3 volumes)

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web
by Louis Rosenfeld
TK 5105.88 .R67 2002 Stacks and Monroe
Festa, Paul.

"Newsmaker: Turning on the World Wide Web."
CNet News. 10 December 2001. CNet. 9 October 2008.

"History of the World Wide Web."
Wikipedia. 8 October 2008. Wikimedia Foundation. 9 October 2008.

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