Web History Center
is organizing a special Web History event to be
co-located with WWW2007.
There will also be a Web History Exhibit on display all week
in the conference hotel (open to all attendees).
The main theme for the event is the history of electronic commerce,
with other themes including the history of the WWW conference series
and methods for preserving the Web's ephemeral history
before it is too late.
The preliminary agenda for the event is given below.
The event will start on Tuesday evening
with a light reception, followed by some informal talks.
People who do not already hold a Tuesday ticket for WWW2007
can add this event as an a la carte option on their registration form.
The main part of Web History Day takes place on Wednesday,
as a track within the WWW2007 conference.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Wine and cheese reception in Riverview Lounge area,
near Web History Exhibit in Ivor Petrak Room
Opening session for Web History Event
(location TBD: Alberta Room or Cascade Ballroom or Van Horne Ballroom)
Introduction by Marc Weber and Bill Pickett
(co-founders of Web History Center), and Bebo White
(initiator of first Web History Event in 1997).
Recognition of any nominees into the e-Commerce Hall of Fame.
Marty Tenenbaum and/or Allan Schiffman
(Web and e-Commerce pioneers and principals of CommerceNet)
John Toole (CEO of the Computer History Museum)
plus other leaders of the archiving community will speak
on the importance of collecting history,
and ask the WWW2007 audience to help out and save their stuff!
Wendy Hall (Head of School of Electronics and Computer Science,
University of Southampton); topic to be announced
Possible surprise speaker
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Web History Breakfast with Sir Tim Berners-Lee
(Alhambra Dining Room) (100 guests: by invitation only)
WWW2007 Opening Ceremonies and Plenary Talk by Sir Tim Berners-Lee (Van Horne Ballroom)
10:30-11:00am: WWW2007 Break (President's Hall Foyer)
Web History Track: (Shaughnessy)
10:30-11:15am: Hermann Maurer (inventor of Hyper G),
possibly with Wendy Hall: Pre-history of e-commerce; Minitel, and
other European systems.
11:15-noon: Marty Tenenbaum and/or Allan Schiffman
(Web and e-Commerce pioneers and principals of CommerceNet):
The birth of Web e-commerce at the start of the 1990's;
discussion of the early days with CommerceNet alumni like Yahoo,
noon-1:30pm: WWW2007 Lunch Break (Van Horne)
1:30-2:15pm: John Toole with Marc Weber, Bill Pickett, and other
representatives of the archiving community present.
Tutorial for Web pioneers and developers on easy methods which SAVE
time and effort for preserving the Web's history before it is too late.
2:15-3:00pm: To be announced
3:00-3:30pm: WWW2007 Break (President's Hall Foyer)
3:30-4:15pm: Robert Scoble (leading blogger):
The history and future of blogging and other user-generated content in
Bebo White, possibly with Jean-François Groff
and other early attendees: The 14-year history of the
IW3C2 and the WWW conference series,
starting with the "Woodstock of the Web" in 1994 in Geneva,
and traveling around the world and through the Web's history
in the years since.
Closes with a general plea to all to go to the Web History Exhibit
area and SIGN UP to contribute your own historic materials!
5:15pm: Mingle with speakers prior to WWW2007 welcoming reception.