PolicyThis outlines the policy of the
W3 project at CERN. Whilst not legally
binding, this attempts to explain
my understanding of the CERN rules
and the desires of the team at CERN.
AimThe basic aim of the project is to
promote communication and information
availability for the High Energy
Physics (HEP) community. The project
is based at CERN, whose budget is
provided by contributions of taxpayer's
money from the European member states.
It is in the interests of HEP, CERN,
and the project itself that it should
interwork with systems and information
in many other fields, and so active
collaboration with other groups is
essential. To produce an information
system isolating HEP from the rest
of the world would be counter-productive,
so the aim can be seen as furthering
a global web of information.
The WWW team are all enthusiastic
that information of all types should
be available as widely as possible.
CollaborationWe encourage collaboration by academic
or commercial parties. There are
always many things to be done, ports
to be made to different environments,
new browsers to be written, and additional
data to be incorporated into the
"web". There have already been many
contributions in these terms, and
also with hardware support from manufacturers.
If you may be interested in extending
the web or the software, please mail
or phone us.
Code distributionCode written at CERN is covered
by the CERN copyright except where
explicitly put into the Public Domain.
The basic WWW code is in the Public
Domain, the rest is covered by the
conditions of distribution . In practice
the interpretation of this in the
case of the W3 project is that the
programs are freely available to
academic bodies of CERN member states
and to the world-wide High-Energy
Physics community. To commercial
organizations who are not reselling
it, but are using it to participate
in global information exchange,
the charge is generally waived in
order to cut administrative costs.
Code is of course shared freely with
all collaborators. Commercial organizations
wishing to sell software based on
W3 code should contact CERN.
We are in the process of getting
agreement to release certain parts
of the WWW project code into the
Where CERN code is included in otherwise
public domain code, that CERN code
becomes also public domain.
Code not originating at CERN is of
course covered by terms set by the
copyright holder involved.
Protocols and Data FormatsThe definition of protocols such
as HTTP and data formats such as
HTML are in the public domain and
may be freely used by anyone.