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|Named Person:||Paul Otlet; Paul Otlet; Paul Otlet; Paul Otlet|
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|Description:||350 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm|
|Contents:||The libraries of Babel --
The dream of the labyrinth --
Belle Epoque --
The microphotic book --
The Index Museum --
Castles in the air --
Hope, lost and found --
The collective brain --
The radiated library --
The intergalactic network --
Entering the stream.
"In 1934, a Belgian entrepreneur named Paul Otlet sketched out plans for a worldwide network of computers--or "electric telescopes," as he called them -- that would allow people anywhere in the world to search and browse through millions of books, newspapers, photographs, films and sound recordings, all linked together in what he termed a réseau mondial: a "worldwide web." Today, Otlet and his visionary proto-Internet have been all but forgotten, thanks to a series of historical misfortunes -- not least of which involved the Nazis marching into Brussels and destroying most of his life's work. In the years since Otlet's death, however, the world has witnessed the emergence of a global network that has proved him right about the possibilities -- and the perils -- of networked information. In The Web that Wasn't, Alex Wright brings to light the forgotten genius of Paul Otlet, an introverted librarian who harbored a bookworm's dream to organize all the world's information. Recognizing the limitations of traditional libraries and archives, Otlet began to imagine a radically new way of organizing information, and undertook his life's great work: a universal bibliography of all the world's published knowledge that ultimately totaled more than 12 millionindividual entries. That effort eventually evolved into the Mundaneum, a vast "city of knowledge" that opened its doors to the public in 1921 to widespread attention. Like many ambitious dreams, however, Otlet's eventually faltered, a victim to technological constraints and political upheaval in Europe on the eve of World War II."--
The index is excellent, of a quality rarely seen nowadays Library & Information History, J.H. Bowman Meticulously researched. Philip Ball, Nature A remarkable read in its entirety, not only in
- Otlet, Paul, -- 1868-1944.
- Bibliographers -- Belgium -- Biography.
- Mundaneum -- History.
- Universal bibliography.
- Classification -- Books.
- Information organization -- History.
- World Wide Web -- History.
- HISTORY -- Europe -- Western.
- HISTORY -- Modern -- 20th Century.
- TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- History.
- Information organization.
- World Wide Web.
- Office International de Bibliographie.