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Internet Visionary Paul Otlet Networked Knowledge, Decades Before Google

He dreamed of a "mechanical, collective brain" and his complex system for indexing information could be considered an analog version of Google. Belgian lawyer and librarian Paul Otlet died in 1944, poor and disillusioned. But his work is now being looked at in a whole new light.
Von Meike Laaff
Translated from the German by Ella Ornstein