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Mundaneum, Mons

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The Mundaneum is a non profit organisation based in Mons, Belgium that runs an exhibition space, website and archive which celebrate the legacy of the original Mundaneum established by Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine in the early twentieth century.
The Mundaneum was created in 1910, following an initiative begun in 1895 by Belgian lawyers Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine, as part of their work on documentation science. Otlet first called it the Palais Mondial, meaning "world palace" in English, and it occupied the left wing of the Palais du Cinquantenaire, a government building in Brussels. It aimed to gather together all the world's knowledge and classify it according to a system they developed called the Universal Decimal Classification. Otlet and La Fontaine organized an International Conference of International Associations which was the origin of the Union of International Associations (UIA).
The Mundaneum has been identified as a milestone in the history of data collection and management, and (somewhat more tenuously) as a precursor to the internet.
Otlet regarded the project as the centrepiece of a new 'world city'—a centrepiece which eventually became an archive with more than 12 million index cards and documents. Some consider it a forerunner of the Internet (or, perhaps more appropriately, of systematic knowledge projects such as Wikipedia and WolframAlpha) and Otlet himself had dreams that one day, somehow, all the information he collected could be accessed by people from the comfort of their own homes.
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  • The museum expands its horizons, for the sake of exposition it is not necessary to go. If you walk in the center and suddenly pass towards the museum, you can run. The prices for tickets are not high. Students-only 2 euros. The inside is quite beautiful, but the incredible delight of the museum has not caused
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  • Google in a closet. Collection of all knowledge. Nice to visit once you are in Bergen. Many DIY drives
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  • Just down the street from the Grand-Place is the Mundaneum museum. It documents how a group of researchers wanted to keep a record of all written knowledge... by writing out library card catalog entries for each book! A reminder of times before Google was available!
  • This is where all this has started. The new explorers gathering space. The internet...
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