Cataloging the World (Innbundet)

Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age

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Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2014
Antall sider: 360
Forlag: Oxford University Press Inc
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9780199931415
Kategori: Økonomi og ledelse og Biografier og memoarer
Omtale: Cataloging the World
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 reseau 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 Cataloging the World, 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 lim

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