Web Innovator Receives Award

The Paul Evan Peters Award has been created to honor those who have made lasting achievements in the use of networked communications to advance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Presented by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, the first Paul Evan Peters Award honors Web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee.

Berners-Lee designed the first version of HTTP, the protocol for transmitting information on the Web, as well as the first version of HTML. He devised the method for addressing documents on the Web, later known as Universal Resource Locators, or URLs. Berners-Lee also developed the first Web server and the first Web browser.

In his current role as director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Berners-Lee encourages the development of open specifications to strengthen the Web as a place for free expression and a means of global communication. W3C is a nonprofit, member-sponsored organization.

The award program is established in the memory of Paul Evan Peters, a coalition builder in higher education and scholarly communication. Peters strengthened the world of networked information for librarians, technologists and publishers. The award program established in his memory is supported by an endowment from ARL, EDUCAUSE, Microsoft Corp. and Xerox Corp. EDUCAUSE, Washington, DC, (202) 872-4200, www.educause.edu.

This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2000 issue of THE Journal.