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Mundaneum, Mons

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The Mundaneum was an institution which aimed to gather together all the world's knowledge and classify it according to a system developed called the Universal Decimal Classification. It was developed at the turn of the 20th century by Belgian lawyers Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine. The Mundaneum has been identified as a milestone in the history of data collection and management, and (somewhat more tenuously) as a precursor to the Internet.
In the 21st century, the Mundaneum is a non-profit organisation based in Mons, Belgium that runs an exhibition space, website and archive which celebrate the legacy of the original Mundaneum.
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  • This museum has a rare collection of 'fiches'. A kind of internet on paper. Not spectacular but a nice illustration of mankind who tries to capture the world. Also an exposition of Belgium. 
    This museum has a rare collection of 'fiches'. A kind of internet on paper. Not spectacular but a nice illustration of mankind who tries to capture the world. Also an exposition of Belgium.  more »
  • This is hidden Gem, the content is mindblowing. Combining passion for making order in information and creating world peace, who would expect to find this in Mons. Its for free and easy to access. Go.....  more
    This is hidden Gem, the content is mindblowing. Combining passion for making order in information and creating world peace, who would expect to find this in Mons. Its for free and easy to access. Go.....  more »
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  • Just down the street from the Grand-Place is the Mundaneum museum. It documents how a group of researchers wanted to keep a record of all written knowledge... by writing out library card catalog entries for each book! A reminder of times before Google was available!
  • Superb place.

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