School of Information
  Previously School of Library & Information Studies

  Michael Buckland, Emeritus Professor.

  Paul Otlet, Pioneer of Information Management.

List of translations of this page:
Пол Адлёт, Піянер кіравання інфармацыяй, Belarussian translation by the Translator Group, June 2017.
Bengali translation by (Nazmun Nahar), June 2017.
Paul Otlet, Pionir Upravljanje Informacijama. Bosnian translation by Amina Dugalić, 2017.
  信息学院 之前是管理与信息系统学院. Chinese translation by Lynly Loh of Down To Five, Sept 2017.
Pavao Otlet Pioneer za Upravljanje Informacijama. Croation translation by Ivana Horak, Dec 2017.
Paul Otlet, Průkopník řízení informacíi. Czech translation by Ivana Horak, August 2017.
  *New* Paul Otlet. Dutch translation by (Michel Blok), May 2018.
Paul Otlet, pioneer teabe haldamine. Estonian translation by Johanne Teerink, 2017.
Paul Otlet, edelläkävijä Tiedonhallinta. Finnish translation by Elsa Jannson, 2017.
Paul Otlet, Pionnier de la Gestion de l’Information. French translation by Jimmy Anastasovski, 2017.
Paul Otlet, सूचना प्रबंधन के पुरोगामी.. Hindi translation by Nikol at DealsDaddy, Dec 2017.
Hungarian translation by Elana Pavlet, 2016.
Paul Otlet, Pioneer Manajemen Informatika. Indonesian translation by Jordan Silaen at ChameleonJohn, 2016.
Paul Otlet, Pioniere di Gestione dell’Informazione. Italian translation by, 2017.
  アウトレット – 日本. Japanese translation by Haruto Anami at Daily Deals Coupon, July 2017.
  *New* Пол Отлет, ақпаратты басқарудың пионері. Kazakh translation by Alana Kerimova, April 2019.
Павле Отлет, Пионер на управување со информации. Macedonian translation by Katerina Nestiv, 2016.
Paul Otlet, Foregangsperson informasjonsforvaltning. Norwegian translation by Lars Olden, April 2018.
Paul Otlet: Pionier Zarządzania Informacją". Polish translation by Marek Murawski, Mar 2018.
Paul Otlet. Portuguese translation by Artur Weber and Adelina Domingos for, Nov 2017.
  *New* ਪੌਲ ਓਲਟ, ਸੂਚਨਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧਨ ਦੇ ਪਾਇਨੀਅਰ, Punjabi translation by Discount Codes, Aug 2018.
Paul Otlet Pionier al managementului informatiilor. Romanian translation by Irina Vasilescu, 2017.
Пол Отлет, пионер в области управления информацией. Russian translation by Olha Fiodorova, 2017.
Paul Otlet - Pioneer of Information Management. Spanish translation by Deepak Khanna, Throne Chair Co., Nov 2018.
Paul Otlet, Pionjär inom Information Management. Swedish translation by Weronika Pawlak, 2017.
பால் ஆட்லெட், தக வல் மேலாணையத்தின் முன்னோடி. Tamil translationslation by Sathya at, July 2017.
  *New* Paul Otlet พอลความคิดผู้บุกเบิกการจัดการข้อมูล. Thai translation by Ashna Bhatt, Nov 2018.
  *New* Ortağı Paul Otlet’in, Bilgi Yönetimi, Öncü. Turkish translation by Zoltan Solak, June 2018.
Поль Отле, Піонер Інформаційного Менеджменту. Ukrainian translation by Anna Matesh, 2016.
  *New* پاول اوٹلیٹ, سرخیل اول انفارمیشن مینجمنٹ Urdu translation by ClothingRIC, Dec 2018.

Paul Otlet (portrait) was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1868. His monumental book Traité de documentation. (Brussels, 1934) was both central and symbolic in the development of information science - then called "Documentation" - in the first half of the twentieth century. In addition, it reminds us of something that has been too widely forgotten: That this field did have a lively existence in the early decades of the twentieth century and a sophistication concerning theory and information technology that now commonly surprises people.
    Paul Otlet was the most central figure in the development of Documentation. He struggled tirelessly for decades with the central technical, theoretical, and organizational aspects of a problem central to society: How to make recorded knowledge available to those who need it. He thought deeply and wrote endlessly as he designed, developed, and initiated ambitious solutions at his Institute in Brussels.
    Towards the end of working life he summarized his ideas in two large books of synthesis, the Traité de documentation in 1934 and Monde: Essai d'universalisme in 1935. In recent years there has been a renewed interest in Otlet's work. In 1989 the Traité, so long out of print, was in reprinted. In 1990 his biographer, Prof W. Boyd Rayward, of the University of New South Wales, published an annotated English translation of a selection of Otlet's best writings: Otlet, Paul. International Organization and Dissemination of Knowledge: Selected Essays. (FID 684). Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1990.
    Now Otlet's ideas and writings are again an active ingredient in information science, having historical interest and also a contemporary interest in relation, for example, to the nature of documents and of hypertext. It is now a century since Otlet and LaFontaine began their ambitious program which continues as the International Federation for Information and Documentation FID. (Adapted from the Preface to the Spanish edition of Otlet's Traité).   Otlet and LaFontaine were also active in the founding of the Union of International Associations.
- selected writings about Otlet, his work, and his successors.
- Otlet's archives and museum is now available again at Rue des Passages 15, B-7000 Mons,in Mons, Belgium, as The Mundaneum, which has started to publish research based on these archives, notably Cent ans de l'Office International de Bibliographie : 1895 - 1995 ; les premisses du Mundaneum. - Mons : Editions Mundaneum, 1995. ISBN 2-930071-05-2. (Review in German).
- - HyperOtlet project and critical, digital edition his Traité de documentation.
- Alex Wright. Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age. Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Special issue on Otlet Transnational Associations 2003, nos 1-2. pdf
- Francoise Levie: L'homme qui voulait classer le monde [The man who wanted to classifiy the the world]. Biography and documentary film.
- Rayward's 1975 biography is now available online at
- Documentary by B. Rayward (speaking English) and F. Fueg (speaking French): Alle kennis van de wereld (Noorderlicht, 9). Available at
- A wry comment from France:   When America discovers Paul Otlet.

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