Bradley K. Sherman's WWW'94 Trip Report
The First International Conference on the World-Wide Web
(WWW'94) which was held at CERN near
Geneva, Switzerland, 24-27 May. I was co-organizer of the
Biology Workshop at the meeting along with Reinhard Doelz
and Peter Murray-Rust. About 15 people attended
the Workshop. 380 attended the conference and I am told that
about 200 were turned away due to space limitations.
Reinhard Doelz prepared a
Biology Workshop report
I demo'ed the various
Plant Genome Database
offerings at the
and also took some
Note that there is a discussion now in the bionet.general BIONET
electronic conference about the establishment of a new conference
dedicated to biology on the web. This is an outgrowth of the
Here is an executive summary of topics that seemed to dominate
- Authoring tools for generating paper and HTML documents
from a single source.
- Proxy servers: these allow WWW access from behind a
firewall, can speed up access, and allow for smaller
clients (important in Windows world, esp.).
- Secure transactions using various cryptographic
techniques (I must add that nearly everyone I
spoke to used HTML forms to register for the
conference even though it required sending a Credit
Card number in cleartext --including me-- and we
all knew better).
- How to add state to servers --this allow, e.g. the
results of a previous query to be fodder for a
- An international WWW organization is going to be formed.
- The need for a WWW Bill of Rights to prevent commercial
or state encroachment.
- The next meeting is the Second International WWW Conference '94:
Mosaic and the Web, Chicago, October 17-19.
If you'd like to look at some pictures here are
The opening session
the closing plenary panel
I also took a few pictures of
which I hope to annotate soon.
Pictures are delivered at 56 kilobits/second.
CERN and the WWW'94 organizers are providing a
list of other trip reports
that you might wish to peruse.
Bradley K. Sherman