Honoring Together With Supporting Belgian Cyberspace Pioneers

It’s non every 24-hour interval that a Prime Minister visits your office. Today, Googlers inwards our Brussels purpose were honoured yesteryear a see from Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo to celebrate together with revive the retentivity of ii unique Belgian inventors together with pioneers.



Decades earlier the creation of the World Wide Web, Paul Otlet together with Henri La Fontaine envisaged a newspaper archival arrangement of the world’s information. They built a giant international documentation see called Mundaneum, amongst the destination of preserving peace yesteryear assembling cognition together with making it accessible to the entire world. For us at Google, this mission sounds familiar.

The ii Mundaneum founders met inwards 1895 together with created the modern library universal decimal classification system, edifice from John Dewey’s early on work. When La Fontaine won the Nobel Peace Prize inwards 1913 for his run equally an activist inwards the international peace movement, he invested his winnings into the Mundaneum project, which was already underway. La Fontaine together with Otlet collected 3-by-5 inch index cards to build a vast newspaper database which eventually contained roughly sixteen meg entries, roofing everything from the history of hunting dogs to finance. The Belgian authorities granted them infinite inwards a authorities edifice together with Otlet established a fee-based question service that allowed anyone inwards the basis to submit a query via ship or telegraph. Inquiries poured inwards from all over the world.

World War II together with the deaths of La Fontaine inwards 1943 together with Otlet inwards 1944 slowed the project. Although many of these archives were stored away, roughly of them inwards the Brussels subway, volunteers kept the dream alive. In 1998, Belgium’s French community authorities revived the Mundaneum’s memory, bringing most of the archives to a beautiful Art Deco edifice inwards the metropolis of Mons.



That brings us to today. The Prime Minister came to our purpose to denote a major partnership amongst the Mundaneum together with the University of Ghent. Google volition sponsor together with partner inwards both the upcoming exhibition at the Mundaneum headquarters inwards Mons together with a speaker serial on Internet issues at the Mundaneum together with the University of Ghent. Web pioneers Louis Pouzin and Robert Cailliau are already scheduled to speak.

Mundaneum volition usage Google to acquaint together with promote its conferences together with exhibitions. It has also constructed an online tour of its dazzling premises. At today’s final result inwards the Google Brussels office, Prime Minister Di Rupo said he hopes that the Google-Mundaneum cooperation becomes a “wonderful forum for experimentation.” Di Rupo himself is passionate almost the Mundaneum; equally mayor of Mons, he was instrumental inwards preserving the archive.

If information was of import a century ago, it is fifty-fifty to a greater extent than of import inwards the 21st century. In his remarks, the Prime Minister made the connector betwixt the yesteryear together with the future, together with called on Kingdom of Belgium to shroud the digital economy. We showed him our recently-launched Belgian version of Street View. In Belgium, the Internet accounts for 2.5 percentage of GDP—and its contribution is expected to grow yesteryear to a greater extent than than 10 percentage a twelvemonth for the side yesteryear side v years. “If all our companies could accept amend advantages of these novel technologies, its certain that our exports would larn a boost,” Di Rupo said.

Our partnership amongst Mundaneum is component of a larger projection to revive the retentivity of Europe’s computing pioneers. Europe played a crucial purpose inwards the excogitation of computers together with the Internet, however all besides oft has forgotten its innovators. Last twelvemonth marked the 60th anniversary of LEO, the world’s outset trace of piece of job organisation computer, built yesteryear Sergey Lebedev’s pioneering MESM project. We’ve also given our back upward to assist restore Bletchley Park, the site of the U.K.’s wartime codebreaking together with dwelling of Colossus, the world’s outset electronic programmable computer.

Now we’re moving to the see of Europe. “This is a beautiful storey betwixt Google together with us, which allows allows us to recognize the the retentivity of the Mundaneum,” says the Mundaneum’s manager Jean-Paul Deplus. For Google, it’s only equally exciting to rediscover our ain roots.


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