Visions of Xanadu: Paul Otlet (1868-1944) and Hypertext

@article{Rayward1994VisionsOX,
  title={Visions of Xanadu: Paul Otlet (1868-1944) and Hypertext},
  author={W. Boyd Rayward},
  journal={JASIS},
  year={1994},
  volume={45},
  pages={235-250}
}
The work of the Belgian internationalist and documentalist, Paul Otlet (1868-1944), and his colleagues in Brussels, forms an important and neglected part of the history of information science. They developed a complex of organizations that are similar in important respects functionally to contemporary hypertext/hypermedia systems. These organizations effectively provided for the integration of bibliographic, image, and textual databases. Chunks of text on cards or separate sheets were created… CONTINUE READING

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