Colin B. Burke's Information and Intrigue: From Index Cards to Dewey Decimals PDF

By Colin B. Burke

In info and Intrigue Colin Burke tells the tale of 1 man's plan to revolutionize the world's technology details platforms and the way technological know-how itself grew to become enmeshed with ideology and the associations of recent liberalism. within the Nineties, the idealistic American Herbert Haviland box proven the Concilium Bibliographicum, a Switzerland-based technology info carrier that despatched thousands of index playing cards to American and eu scientists. Field's radical new notion was once to index significant rules instead of books or files. In his fight to create and hold his process, box turned entangled with nationalistic struggles over the regulate of technology info, the hot process of yankee philanthropy (powered by way of millionaires), the politics of an rising American expert technology, and within the efforts of one other info visionary, Paul Otlet, to create a pre-digital around the world database for all topics. international warfare I shuttered the Concilium, and postwar efforts to restore it failed. box himself died within the influenza epidemic of 1918. Burke incorporates the tale into the subsequent iteration, besides the fact that, describing the astonishingly different occupation of Field's son, Noel, who grew to become a diplomat, a knowledge resource for Soviet intelligence (as was once his good friend Alger Hiss), a mystery global conflict II informant for Allen Dulles, and a prisoner of Stalin. alongside the best way, Burke touches on a number of issues, together with the recent entrepreneurial collage, Soviet espionage in the US, and extra efforts to categorise knowledge.

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