Monday, October 15, 2012 | 1:28 PM
It’s a project close to our hearts. This week, the Mundaneum in the Belgian city of Mons opened a new exhibition on the history of collecting and organising information. We were delighted to lend our support as part of our ongoing partnership.
Decades before the creation of the World Wide Web, Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine envisaged a paper archival system of the world’s information. They built a giant international documentation centre -- the Mundaneum. For us at Google, this mission sounds familiar.
Entitled “Renaissance 2.0,” A Journey Through the Origins of the Web,” the new exhibition combines video, images, and text to take us on a journey through the origins of the web. It explains the role of Otlet and Lafontaine as well as World Wide Web creator Tim Berners Lee, and, of course, the role of Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
This past week, we appeared at a press conference organized by the Mundaneum to celebrate the new exhibition. In the evening, Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo attended an opening cocktail and we celebrated. At the party, everyone took a step back in time, with hostesses dressed in the same 19th century uniforms they used to assemble the original Mundaneum. The exhibition runs for the coming nine months and we hope many of you can make the trip to see it.