CERN, the birthplace of the World Wide Web, is to start a project to recreate the world's first web page.

Scientists at the particle physics lab in Geneva published a document 20 years ago today, that made the technology of the web, or W3 as it was known, available on a royalty-free basis to the world.

The move set in train a process that would ultimately lead to the development of what we now know as the internet.

The technology was originally invented in 1989 by a physicist in CERN, Tim Berners-Lee, as a means of sharing information with other physicists around the world.

While the original web server is still in existence, the first website is not.

So scientists at CERN have begun a project to restore the page two decades on.