Like Rain on Paul Otlet’s Wedding Day

On the one hand, I’m delighted and grateful that W. Boyd Rayward’s 1975 biography of Paul Otlet, The Universe of Information: The Work of Paul Otlet for Documentation and International Organization, was recently added to Ghent University’s Institutional Archive. Along with’s Alle Kennis van de Wereld (Biography of Paul Otlet) (1998), we now have free, online access to information about Otlet, one of the founders of our profession. On the other hand, isn’t it ironic that The Universe of Information is only available as a series of static images strung together in a PDF document? Any OCR superstars want to turn this document into text so that it can be searched? Maybe even create links from within the document? After all, it’s what he would have wanted.