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THE PAUL OTLET CASE STUDY

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THE PAUL OTLET CASE STUDY
 
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The conference considers Paul Otlet (Brussels 1868-Brussels 1944), Belgian intellectual, utopian internationalist and visionary theorist about knowledge organization, as a stepping stone. The life and work of Otlet are an inspiring case   study, however they certainly do not delimit the issues addressed in this colloquium.

 

Otlet, together with Henri La Fontaine, developed the Universal Decimal Classification system for bibliography and documentation, and founded the International Institute for Bibliography and the Union of International Associations. He and La Fontaine were also influential in the movement that led to the creation of the League of Nations.

 

Otlet was also the co-founder of the Union Internationale des Villes. In the field of architecture he is especially known for his collaboration with Le Corbusier in creating plans for a Mundaneum or an international centre for information, education and science in Geneva. He was also a leading figure in the architectural design and urban planning of a model seaside community at Westend before World War I. All of his endeavours aimed at the international development and centralization of scientific and cultural networks.

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