This was an internal British Library event on the 22nd of September 2001.
The original announcement:
Join us for a series of 5-minute presentations followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with internet pioneers Vint Cerf, father of the internet, Ted Nelson, who coined the term hypertext, Tom Standage, author and Editor of Economist Online and Keith Martin, Senior Lecturer at LCC, author and MacUser Technical Editor, along with Luke McKernan, Matthew Shaw, Adam Farquhar, Helen Hockx-Yu and Lee-Ann Coleman.
Nearly half a century ago the humble “text” acquired a prefix: “hyper”, heralding the advent of a digital revolution that would see a historic shift in the way the written word would function as an information and communication medium.
This hypertextual inter-connectedness has transformed the way in which we employ text to communicate, and accelerated the processing and exchange of information. Staying abreast of the opportunities and challenges that this constantly evolving medium offers the scholarly community is at the centre of the British Library’s work.
This event sponsored by liquid.info and the British Library Digital Research & Curation Team, brings together a diverse panel drawn from within the library as well as external thinkers to discuss how text is continuing to evolve in form and function in the digital age, and how this impacts the way we will absorb, create, share and preserve information in the future.