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Paul Otlet – THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE KNOWLEDGE COMMONS
Paul Otlet – THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE KNOWLEDGE COMMONS - With Frank Hartmann, Vanessa Ramos Velasquez, Florian Rötzer © Mundaneum Mons
Knowledge commons is a key phrase critiquing the privatization of knowledge in times of global Internet companies.
We are at risk of allowing those who are able to administer big data to dominate knowledge. But our knowledge-based society is based on the fundamental idea that free knowledge is equal to shared knowledge. The ideas economy follows different rules than the goods industry. In the late 19th century, the Belgian private scholar Paul Otlet already doubted the future of books and libraries in these matters. Frank Hartmann from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar along with Vanessa Ramos Velasquez and Florian Rötzer reconstructed Paul Otlet’s Mundaneum article on the “Reorganization of World Knowledge.”