School of Information, University of California, Berkeley
Robert Pagès, 1919-2007.
Robert Pagès was born in Belmontet (Lot) in the south
of France in 1919 and was a student of Georges Canguilhem. After a
period as a clandestine anarchist activist he became director a
social psychology research laboratory. In 1946, between these two careers
he became a student in the program for professional education
in Documentation established by Suzanne Briet and others at the
Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) which became
the Institut National de Techniques de Documentation (INTD).
Pagès work included interesting contributions
to information management.
In an important paper he described a phenomenological
approach to documentation in which went beyond the idea of
documents as (only) graphic objects. Pagès argued that any object
regarded as signifying something could be considered a document,
including a gorilla in a cage in a zoo.
R. Pagès. "Transformations documentaires et milieu culturel (Essai
de documentologie)." [Documentary transformations and cultural
context (Essay on documentology)] Review of documentation
15, fasc. 3 (1948): 53-64.
This essay appeared three years before the some ideas were
published in Suzanne Briet’s better-known manifesto Qu’est-ce que
la documentation? (1951). See Suzanne
Pagès and others developed an indexing language
known as “Analyse
codée” (Coded analysis) or CODOC, characterized by a limited
vocabulary, extensive syntactical structure, and very concise notation, e.g.
(ra9a)5i Philosophy of science applied to behavior
ra9(a5i) Philosophy of the science of behavior
Pagès, Robert. 1959. L’analyse codée, technique documentaire en
psychologie sociale et en sciences humaines: Présentation et résumé
de la grammaire. Chiffres 2, n2 (Juin 1959): 103-122.
Demailly, André. 1992. Robert Pagès et l’analyse codée.
Documentaliste - Sciences de l’information 29, n. 2:59-72.
A thoughtful account of introspection from a
phenomenological perspective: In effect, making
sense of making sense:
Pagès, Robert. 1948. Itinéraire du seul. Paris: Laffont.
Robert Pagès died in Paris in 2007.
For more, see:
Website dedicated to Robert Pagès.
- O. Le Deuff. Robert
Pagès, une nécessaire redécouverte par les sciences de l’information.
Savoirs cdi, April 2018.
- M. Buckland. Before the antelope.
Proceedings from the Document Academy 4 (2), Article 6. 2017.
- M. Buckland. Reflections on Suzanne
Briet. Manuscript, ISKO-France colloquium, Paris, 2017.
or to Michael Buckland's