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Otlet imagined a day when users would access the database from great distances by means of an “electric telescope” connected through a telephone line, retrieving a facsimile image to be projected remotely on a flat screen. In Otlet’s time, this notion of networked documents was still so novel that no one had a word to describe these relationships, until he invented one: “links.” Otlet envisioned the whole endeavor as a great “réseau”—web—of human knowledge. 
Bernard Otlet (great-grandson): Paul Otlet, inventor of the internet 
Building Society, Constructing Knowledge, Weaving the Web: Otlet’s Visualizations of a Global Information Society and His Concept of a Universal Civilization
Paul Otlet's visionary Mundaneum was a proto-internet made of 3-by-5-inch index cards 
Le Mundaneum, Google de papier 
He also wrote extensively about the need for a universal network for the communication of knowledge. His theoretical approach to the organi-zation and dissemination of information was far ahead of its time, notably in foreshadowing the Internet, Hypertext, and the World Wide Web.
Our view is that the creative ways in which he [Paul Otlet] faces tensions of scalability, representation, and perception of relationships between knowledge objects might be of interest today.
The unsung heroes of the Internet 
The idea of the internet was born in Belgium. Idea No.1: The Mundaneum 
L'homme qui a presque inventé le cyberespace : Paul Otlet 
Le père (belge) de l’idée du web 
- Alex Wright: Forgotten Forefather: Paul Otlet http://boxesandarrows.com/forgotten-forefather-paul-otlet
- "Paul Otlet: le rêve et la norme", 6 Feb. 2007: http://www.sonuma.be/archive/paul-otlet-le-r%C3%AAve-et-la-norme (min. 3:00)
- Van den Heuvel, C. Building society, constructing knowledge, weaving the web. Otlet’s visualizations of a global information society and his concept of a universal civilization. In W.B. Rayward (Ed.), (2008) European Modernism and the Information Society (pp. 127–153). London: Ashgate.
- When the internet was made of paper. By: Collins, Paul, New Scientist, 02624079, 3/22/2008, Vol. 197, Issue 2648
- Le Monde, 19 December 2009? Reference not found but mentioned on http://expositions.mundaneum.org/en/mundaneum-international-press
- Rayward, Warden Boyd (who translated and adapted), Mundaneum: Archives of Knowledge, Urbana-Campaign, Ill. : Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010. Original: Charlotte Dubray et al., Mundaneum: Les Archives de la Connaissance, Bruxelles: Les Impressions Nouvelles, 2008.
- Charles van den Heuvel, W. Boyd Rayward, Facing Interfaces: Paul Otlet's Visualizations of Data Integration. Journal of the American society for information science and technology (2011)
- Jim Boulton: 100 ideas that changed the web Laurence King Publishing, 2014