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Today is the 147th Birthday of the ‘s co-founder Paul Otlet.

The Mundaneum was an institution created in 1910 by Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine, as part of their work on documentation science. It aimed to gather together all the world’s knowledge. The Mundaneum has been identified as a milestone in the history of data collection and management. Otlet regarded the project as the centerpiece 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 and knowledge projects such as Wikipedia and WolframAlpha. The Mundaneum was originally housed at the Palais du Cinquantenaire in Brussels, Belgium. Le-Corbusier-Mundaneum

Otlet commissioned architect Le Corbusier to design a Mundaneum project to be built in Geneva, Switzerland in 1929. Although never built, the project triggered The Mundaneum Affair, a theoretical argument between Corbusier and Czech critic and architect Karel Teige.

The Mundaneum, with Aby Warburg, Google image search, Pinterest, and others is an influence behind our Simage Project initiative

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