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Forgotten Forefather: Paul Otlet (10 Nov 2003)
In 1934, years before Vannevar Bush dreamed of the memex, decades before Ted Nelson coined the term 'hypertext,' Paul Otlet envisioned a new kind of scholar's workstation: a moving desk shaped like a wheel, powered by a network of hinged spokes beneath a series of moving surfaces. The machine would let users search, read and write their way through a vast mechanical database stored on millions of 3x5 index cards.
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