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“The WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalog of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland” (see About the Virtual Library).

The WWW Virtual Library is the direct descendant of the original Overview.html page on TBL's server in Geneva. This itself was linked to from the Web's main-page http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html (that location no longer exists and the link is to an archive copy at W3C). The Virtual Library's server is now (2005) in Geneva again, a few kilometres from the original site of the Web's creation in 1990-92.

At the time of that archived page (November 3rd 1992) the only legal material catalogued was US Copyright Law at Cornell: http://fatty.law.cornell.edu.:80/usr2/wwwtext/lii.table.html. Mind you, there were only some forty links listed (with one marked as apparently ‘down’ and a song site as “apparently disabled for copyright reasons” — plus ça change … (though in 1992 it was song lyrics not recordings (remember bandwidth?) that were causing the problems …).

The present database of arbitration links began life as a 'column' in the electronic newsletter European Arbitration. First appearing under the heading Directory in issue 7 of July 31st 1996. Only two links were given! The web address of the ICC at that time was www1.usa1.com/~ibnet/icchp.html. From those two links the present collection has grown.

Transfer from a 'push' newsletter, to a Web ('pull') listing was taking place in late 1998 (see EA35), by April 1999 (see EA38) the directory of websites was the Virtual Library of Arbitration. (A Google search at that time, actually August 5th 1999, for "arbitration" produced 6267 matches. Thirty-nine months later (January 2002) the figure was 1,280,000 -a compound rate of increase of 20.1% per month! (See EA54, page 11.) By October 2005 the figure had risen to 24,700,000 -demonstrating a more sedate compound rate of increase of 6.8% per month.)


At present, and for some months to come, the ARBITRATION DATABASE will be undergoing rapid development. We hope to accomplish this with the minimum of inconvenience to users.

You may contact the maintainer with any comments or suggestions.

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