In the very beginning when Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau were shaping the Web, it was always a priority that the technology would remain freely accessible and based on open standards. The CERN server and the NCSA server and browser (Mosaic) were great early examples of open source software. Since then, Web development has led to some of the most successful and well-known open source projects including Apache, Mozilla/Firefox, PHP, Zope, and numerous others. These projects demonstrate that open source isn’t just about a software license, but about human interaction and individual motivation. It’s about sharing ideas and technology implementations. Open standards efforts within the Web research and development community will insure that open source software will continue to play a major role in the evolution of Web-based technologies.
If the role of open source and its impact on the Web interests you, I invite you to join us at a workshop during the WWW2006 conference in Edinburgh, Scotlland in May 2006. Please refer to the conference Web site (www.www2006.org) or the workshop Web site (www.stanford.edu/~bebo/www2006/) for details.