It was also the world's first Web directory, since Berners-Lee maintained a list of other Web sites apart from his own.
In 1994, Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology..
With help from Robert Cailliau he built a prototype system named Enquire.
Here are a few selected sentences and paragraphs that drive his point home.
The Wikipedia has a great background article on ARPANet and Google Video has a free interesting video about ARPANet from 1972.
The first few hundred web sites began in 1993 and most of them were at colleges, but long before most of them existed came Archie.
This process worked effectively in small groups, but the data became as much fragmented as it was collected.
From the Wikipedia: While an independent contractor at CERN from June to December 1980, Berners-Lee proposed a project based on the concept of hypertext, to facilitate sharing and updating information among researchers.