The 10th of December marked the 70th anniversary of the death of Paul Otlet, a remarquable Belgian bibliographer and founder of the Mundaneum. In light of the digital revolution, his heritage is today being revisited from Brussels to Sydney.
A heritage that transcends technical progress, the work of Paul Otlet is to be understood as part of the background of our information era.
Information architect, knowledge entrepreneur, inventor of a new form of information dissemination, theoretician of international relations, creator of a world network for intellectual cooperation in the service of peace – these are many of the facets that tell the story of a man who has remained tool long in the shadows.
The Mundaneum in Mons, Belgium, has preserved the legacy of Paul Otlet which is explored by scholars and others throughout the world. The mission of the Mundaneum is to situate this legacy in continuing the dialogue with the great themes of our twentieth century society.
To find out more on the virtual exhibition dedicated to Paul Otlet, please click digitalarchives.mundaneum.org/exhibit/towards-the-age-of-information