Cataloging the World

Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age
Wright, Alex
Date published: 
July 2014
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In 1934, Paul Otlet, a Belgian entrepreneur, designed a proto-Internet which he called a réseau mondial-- literally, "worldwide web." Today, Otlet and his vision have been all but forgotten, thanks to a series of historical misfortunes, but Alex Wright brings Otlet's extraordinary story back into the light in this fascinating look at the dream of universal knowledge.