Forgotten Forefather: Paul Otlet
Jens Jacob Dinesen
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One rainy afternoon in 1968, a young Australian graduate student named Boyd Rayward stepped into an abandoned office in the Parc Leopold in Brussels, Belgium. Inside, he discovered "a cluttered, musty, cobwebbed office into which the rain leaked-and one day flooded-causing the attendant then on hand to have a kind of epileptic seizure."1 Piled high to the ceiling were dusty stacks of books, files and manuscripts: the intellectual flotsam of a seemingly disorganized old scholar.

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