In the late 1980s, Tim Berners-Lee was working at CERN, the European particle physics lab near Geneva, and he was frustrated by how difficult it was for the many researchers and scholars working there to share data, information and progress reports. "In those days, there was different information on different computers, but you had to log on to different computers to get at it," he has written. "Also, sometimes you had to learn a different program on each computer. Often it was just easier to go and ask people when they were having coffee."
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