Tuesday, June 17, 2008


A reason to visit Mons, Belgium... The New York Times has an article about a man named Otlet, who wanted to establish a large analog search engine... Anyone in the world could submit a question by telegraph or by mail and get an answer from the world's largest card catalog.

“The problem is that no one knows the story of the Mundaneum,” said the lead archivist, Stéphanie Manfroid. “People are not necessarily excited to go see an archive. It’s like, would you rather go see the latest ‘Star Wars’ movie, or would you rather go see a giant card catalog?”

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