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Title:A Brief Essay on the Organization of Knowledge outside Libraries
Author(s):Samuel, Noah Oluwafemi
Subject(s):Knowledge organization
Information organization
Abstract:It is a given, today, that the internet as a platform has been used to index more documents than the world’s libraries put together. Additionally, majority of the documents that were previously stored on the shelves by libraries in the past are now part of these online collections. In this paper, a brief review of early attempts at the organization of knowledge outside of the libraries based on Rayward (1994) was carried out with a view to linking the past to the present. What exactly was the motivation for the establishment of the office of publicke addresse by Samuel Hartlib and John Dury, and the information bureau suggested by Leibniz? Is there any commercial motivation behind Paul Otlet’s Mundaneum? With the understanding that the most capitalized internet service organization (Google) today is involved in reference services similar to those proposed by Hartlib, Dury, and Leibniz, is the end in sight for knowledge organization within the library?
Issue Date:2015
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-01-26

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