Le Mundaneum à Mons (Belgique)
Not for the faint of heart--an article from the NYT on the "true" inventor of the internet (?) led me to the flickr images tagged with Mundaneum. View as slideshow and prepare for cognitive whiplash...
I haven't blogged here for a long time, but this mini-voyage inside my head seems most appropriate for the enlightened HASTAC crowd. I say that without irony--I wish I had been able to come to the conference in LA. But to the point--I've got to catch a plane for Chicago to attend a conversation on teaching college biology. That's another story. It's the last in a series of six originated by NSF and coordinated by AAAS. I'm to bring the chemistry perspective. But I digress...as usual...
Knowing my interest in networks and communication, spouse told me about this amazing article (http://tinyurl.com/5vob32
) while I was still half-asleep.
In 1934, Otlet sketched out plans for a global network of computers (or ?electric telescopes,? as he called them) that would allow people to search and browse through millions of interlinked documents, images, audio and video files. He described how people would use the devices to send messages to one another, share files and even congregate in online social networks. He called the whole thing a ?réseau,? which might be translated as ?network? ? or arguably, ?web.?
Usually I go to Google Images to make visual connections, but today I went to flickr and searched for Mundaneum. That returned a remarkable set of 55 images. View as a slideshow, and prepare for some serious political commentary about half way through (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=mundaneum
I leave you to your own voyage of discovery--I've got to go pack.