Scientists from nuclear research organisation CERN are searching for the first ever web page, previously believed to be lost in their systems.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web while working at CERN in 1990. In April, CERN made this 1992 web page available: the simple page consists of plain text on a white background, and 19 hyperlinks.
This was previously thought to be the earliest surviving version of a website, but Paul Jones, a US university professor came forward with an earlier version of the same site, which was sent to him by Berners-Lee in 1991.
However, CERN is continuing the search for the earliest web page, although it seems unlikely it will be found. Dan Noyes from CERN told the NY Daily News: “The concept of the earliest web page is kind of strange. It’s not like a book. A book exists through time. Data gets overwritten and looped around. To some extent, it is futile.”