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Mundaneum, Mons

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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 established by Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine in the early twentieth century.HistoryThe Mundaneum was originally created in 1910, following an initiative begun in 1895 by Belgian lawyers Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine, as part of their work on documentation science. It aimed to gather together all the world's knowledge and classify it according to a system they developed called the Universal Decimal Classification. Otlet and La Fontaine organized an International Conference of International Associations which was the origin of the Union of International Associations (UIA).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.Otlet regarded the project as the centrepiece 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 (or, perhaps more appropriately, of systematic knowledge projects such as Wikipedia and WolframAlpha) and Otlet himself had dreams that one day, somehow, all the information he collected could be accessed by people from the comfort of their own homes.
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  • The emergence of the internet, never realized utopian ideals and the role of Belgium in the international peace movement nicely. A museum to think about.
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  • If you love to read and learn, it's interesting. An interesting idea that needs to grow further.
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  • Sheets, sheets, sheets, listed a time for check in and centralize works; I will say no more, everything is explained very modestly, very interesting! Temporary exhibition that changes I believe all the years (!) for now, great expo on peace and peace movement in Belgium in relation with the world, really well done!
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  • Very nice place. Many interesting exhibitions. A lot of interactivity. I recommend the guide in the case of group tour. Adapted to the intellectually limited audience.
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