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This is
Paul Otlet   Image credit: flickr.com/marcwathieu/4421630189
collect
He wanted to               and


         organize
               Image copyright: Unknown
World’s
 the

Knowledge
Formally stated: “Paul Otlet—pronounced /ɒtˈleɪ/—is one of
several people who has been considered the father of


 Informa...
So what?
Born on August 23,


1868               in
Brussels, Belgium, as
  the oldest child to
  Image credit: flickr.com/george_ea...
a wealthy businessman
 who made his fortune
                selling


Tramsaround the world
                          Imag...
His mother died at
age 24 when Otlet
     was   three
His father kept him out of school, he had—as a child—few
  friends, and he soon developed a love of reading and




      ...
Books




        Image credit: flickr.com/benchilada/2466968689
Books—the accepted and proven
    storage medium for the

    World’s
   Knowledge
                     Image credit: flick...
in 1892
An accepted solution.
But really an adequate
storage medium?
Think about it!
How could you possibly find a
           book you needed?
There are a few physical instances
                      of the book
in libraries
somewhere on
this planet




               Image credit: flickr.com/gadl/3907891398
To complicate things
further
“Books are an inadequate way to store information, because the
  arrangement of facts contained within them is an arbitrar...
“A better storage system”, Otlet wrote in his
               first essay in 1892,
“would be cards containing individual ‘ch...
Those chunks would
allow “all the
manipulations of
classification and
continuous

interfiling”
Inter-what?
interfiling


      Image credit: flickr.com/amattox/3207213522
A Web
Cut.
Already in
1891, Otlet
   had met
  Henri La
  Fontaine

              Image credit: flickr.com/peacepalacelibrary/30955914...
He quit his job as a
lawyer and the two
men founded the
Universal
Bibliographic
Repertory—



                            ...
a collection of index cards that, by the end of
 1895, had grown to 400,000 entries; later it
   would reach a height of o...
With capital from the Belgium Society of Social and
       Political Sciences, a fee-based search service, and La
Fontaine...
After 1919, the two men
restarted, relaunched, and
 rebranded the Repertory

      World
 twice as the

  Palace and the
M...
experimenting
with new media
as well




                 Image credit: flickr.com/mburpee/2589663547
but being forced to close the
shop when Belgium
government cut off funding
in 1934—
World War II shuttered
what was left.
Otlet died in 1944,
fading into oblivion
long before Vannevar Bush, Douglas
Engelbart, Ted Nelson, and Larry & Sergey
would enter the scene.
Sad story?
Well.
Lessons to be learned:
1
Quit your job as a lawyer!
2
Pursue your dream!
3
And never accept a
proven solution.
Wanna read more?
           felgner.ch
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Paul Otlet—pronounced /ɒtˈleɪ/—is one of several people who has been considered the father of Information modern Science; a field he himself called ‘documentation.’

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  1. This is
  2. Paul Otlet Image credit: flickr.com/marcwathieu/4421630189
  3. collect He wanted to and organize Image copyright: Unknown
  4. World’s the Knowledge
  5. Formally stated: “Paul Otlet—pronounced /ɒtˈleɪ/—is one of several people who has been considered the father of Information modern Science a field he himself called documentation.” This and the following citations: wikipedia.org
  6. So what?
  7. Born on August 23, 1868 in Brussels, Belgium, as the oldest child to Image credit: flickr.com/george_eastman_house/4420695962 Disclaimer: This is not Paul Otlet!
  8. a wealthy businessman who made his fortune selling Tramsaround the world Image credit: flickr.com/statelibraryofnsw/2964804829
  9. His mother died at age 24 when Otlet was three
  10. His father kept him out of school, he had—as a child—few friends, and he soon developed a love of reading and Image credit: flickr.com/cornelluniversitylibrary/3610752603
  11. Books Image credit: flickr.com/benchilada/2466968689
  12. Books—the accepted and proven storage medium for the World’s Knowledge Image credit: flickr.com/candiedwomanire/1651870
  13. in 1892
  14. An accepted solution. But really an adequate storage medium?
  15. Think about it!
  16. How could you possibly find a book you needed?
  17. There are a few physical instances of the book
  18. in libraries
  19. somewhere on this planet Image credit: flickr.com/gadl/3907891398
  20. To complicate things further
  21. “Books are an inadequate way to store information, because the arrangement of facts contained within them is an arbitrary decision on the part of the author's, making individual facts difficult to locate” Image credit: flickr.com/horiavarlan/4263326117
  22. “A better storage system”, Otlet wrote in his first essay in 1892, “would be cards containing individual ‘chunks’ of information” Image credit: flickr.com/deano/2865863332
  23. Those chunks would allow “all the manipulations of classification and continuous interfiling”
  24. Inter-what?
  25. interfiling Image credit: flickr.com/amattox/3207213522
  26. A Web
  27. Cut.
  28. Already in 1891, Otlet had met Henri La Fontaine Image credit: flickr.com/peacepalacelibrary/3095591442
  29. He quit his job as a lawyer and the two men founded the Universal Bibliographic Repertory— Image credit: Unknown Disclaimer: This was not Paul’s and Henri’s garage!
  30. a collection of index cards that, by the end of 1895, had grown to 400,000 entries; later it would reach a height of over 15 million
  31. With capital from the Belgium Society of Social and Political Sciences, a fee-based search service, and La Fontaine’s Nobel Peace Price winnings, the startup endured until it hit the ceiling of World War I Image credit: flickr.com/nlscotland/3011962527
  32. After 1919, the two men restarted, relaunched, and rebranded the Repertory World twice as the Palace and the Mundaneum, continuing on government funding, hiring staff, accumulating 15 million index cards, drowning in paper, of course
  33. experimenting with new media as well Image credit: flickr.com/mburpee/2589663547
  34. but being forced to close the shop when Belgium government cut off funding in 1934—
  35. World War II shuttered what was left.
  36. Otlet died in 1944, fading into oblivion
  37. long before Vannevar Bush, Douglas Engelbart, Ted Nelson, and Larry & Sergey would enter the scene.
  38. Sad story?
  39. Well. Lessons to be learned:
  40. 1
  41. Quit your job as a lawyer!
  42. 2
  43. Pursue your dream!
  44. 3
  45. And never accept a proven solution.
  46. Wanna read more? felgner.ch
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Paul Otlet—pronounced /ɒtˈleɪ/—is one of several people who has been considered the father of Information modern Science; a field he himself called ‘documentation.’

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