Google Teams with Mundaneum, a Museum that Paved the Way for the Internet

By

It appears that one museum in Mons, Belgium, was in fact a few decades ahead of its time as it set out to create a giant, library-style catalogue with millions of entries – something that is quite similar to today’s modern search engines and Wikipedia.

Mundaneum, which was set up as a 19th-Century paper equivalent of the U.S. Internet, was created by Belgians Paul Otlet, the 1913 Nobel peace laureate, and Henri La Fontaine, who envisioned developing a paper archival system of the world's information and organizing it in a system referred to as universal Decimal Classification. The two started delineating links to books, newspaper and magazine articles, pictures and other documents from libraries and archives around the world. The collection quickly expanded to 16 million cards, and Otlet and La Fontaine started envisioning a “city of knowledge.”

Ironically enough, Mundaneum has recently found a new friend in Google, what one could call a modern day Mundaneum. Today, Google announced that it has linked with Mundaneum to honor and promote the importance of European pioneers in terms of computing and the Internet.

"For Google, this mission sounds eerily and pleasantly familiar,” said Google Belgium's Chief Thierry Geerts in an article.

As part of the new partnership, Google will partner an upcoming exhibition on the Mundaneum, titled "Knowledge One Click Away," taking place at Mundaneum headquarters in Mons. Google also announced its plans to sponsor a traveling exhibit on the Mundaneum, as well as a series of talks on Internet issues, at the museum and the university. The partnership benefits Mundaneum as the museum can leverage Google’s social networking service Google Plus to spread the word about its offerings.

The partnership supports Google’s larger campaign strategy to demonstrate its acceptance of European culture, at a time when the Internet empire is being investigated by several regulators about a variety of matters, according to a New York Times article. Currently, the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, is brining under the light the dominance of Google’s search engine. Moreover, national regulators are investigating changes in the company’s privacy policy.

But, according to Google officials, the partnership simply allows Google to partner for a museum who helped pave the way for the World Wide Web.

“The partnership with Google gives us a great opportunity to spread knowledge of this remarkable Belgian project throughout the world,” Jean-Paul Deplus, director of the museum, the Mundaneum, said in remarks prepared for a news conference Tuesday.




Edited by Tammy Wolf

TechZone360 Web Editor

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Coding and Invention Made Fun

By: Special Guest    10/12/2018

SAM is a series of kits that integrates hardware and software with the Internet. Combining wireless building blocks composed of sensors and actors con…

Read More

Facebook Marketplace Now Leverages AI

By: Paula Bernier    10/3/2018

Artificial intelligence is changing the way businesses interact with customers. Facebook's announcement this week is just another example of how this …

Read More

Oct. 17 Webinar to Address Apache Spark Benefits, Tools

By: Paula Bernier    10/2/2018

In the upcoming webinar "Apache Spark: The New Enterprise Backbone for ETL, Batch and Real-time Streaming," industry experts will offer details on clo…

Read More

It's Black and White: Cybercriminals Are Spending 10x More Than Enterprises to Control, Disrupt and Steal

By: Cynthia S. Artin    9/26/2018

In a stunning new report by Carbon Black, "Hacking, Escalating Attacks and The Role of Threat Hunting" the company revealed that 92% of UK companies s…

Read More

6 Challenges of 5G, and the 9 Pillars of Assurance Strategy

By: Special Guest    9/17/2018

To make 5G possible, everything will change. The 5G network will involve new antennas and chipsets, new architectures, new KPIs, new vendors, cloud di…

Read More