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The search engine of 1896

The Generalist Academy: “In 1896 Paul Otlet set up a bibliographic query service by mail: a 19th century search engine…Paul Otlet had a passion for information. More precisely, he had a passion for organising information. He and Henri La Fontaine made bibliographies on many subjects – and then turned their efforts towards creating something better. A master bibliography. A bibliography to rule them all, nothing less than a complete record of everything that had ever been published on every topic. This was their plan: the grandly named Universal Bibliographic Repertory…”

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