The Father Of Search

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Pictured above prior to the Opening Session of SIGIR 2013 are Gareth Jones, Principal Investigator, CNGL, Dublin City University with Stephen Robertson, Visiting Professor, University College London, Jonathon Fletcher, creator of the JumpStation search engine, Paddy Flynn, Director for Product Quality Operations EMEA, Google Ireland and Páraic Sheridan, Associate Director, CNGL.

This year has seen Google celebrate its 18th Birthday and during those years the search engine company has become a byword for internet searches. People don’t search the internet they Google it. However, they were not the first people to realise the importance of being able to find information on the Internet. That honour goes to a man by the name of Jonathon Fletcher who invented the modern search engine but, until a couple of years ago, was unaware of what he had accomplished.

Happy Birthday World Wide Web

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Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.

It is the place where we go when we get bored of everything else. While there we can communicate to anyone without even speaking, we can meet people without either of us leaving home and we can do the shopping, sort out banking and watch movies at the click of a mouse. It is a repository for all the knowledge that mankind possesses and yet it is difficult to believe it, but the World Wide Web is now twenty five years old and has changed the lives of millions of people around the world.