Detail map of Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States,Menlo Park, California, United States

A: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, B: Menlo Park, California, United States

Brewster Kahle and Henry Morris Introduce the WAIS System, the First Internet Publishing System


In 1991 American computer engineers Brewster Kahle and Harry Morris, both of Thinking Machines, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in collaboration with Apple Computer, Dow Jones, and KPMG Peat Marwick, developed the Wide Area Information Servers or WAIS system in Menlo Park, California. WAIS was a client-server text searching system that used the ANSI Standard Z39.50 Information Retrieval Service Definition and Protocol Specifications for Library Applications to search index databases on remote computers. It was the first Internet publishing system, just pre-dating gopher and the World Wide Web.


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